Where to Find Lead: 3 Sources of the Heavyweight – Scrap Gators

Lead, like aluminum and steel, is a commonly used and inexpensive metal. However, lead can be difficult to source and extract with purity. For this reason, we list some of the best places of where to find lead scrap. In fact, you might not know it hides in three available places due to its unique properties.

In truth, knowing its unique traits will help your search. Because, they will tell you, in part, where to find this semi-valuable scrap. For example, knowing that lead is strong, reactive, and heavy tells you to look in bullets, weights, and batteries.

Find out where to collect this metal and how to come up with your own list of great lead sources. Here, we present the top three areas to source lead for scrap.

Where can I find lead? 

where to find lead

So, where will you find the most abundant lead scrap? Well, you will find it in places you find many other metals, but with a special twist. In each section below, we give one good source of lead. In addition, we discuss why lead can be found there—helping you to build your own lead expertise.


Firstly, know that lead is strong, heavy, and easy to melt. So, it can be used with high impact and high heat while maintaining its shape. For this reason, ammunition and bullets make themselves up from lead (and zinc). As a result, you will find much lead in the berm of your local range.

  • Pro Tip: Some managers at shooting ranges will let you come in for their lead scrap at regular intervals. Do a little housekeeping for them while you’re at it, and they might invite you back.

#2. WHEEL WEIGHTSAs a strong and heavy metal, lead adds its help to cars and trucks, such as in wheel weights. In fact, the car industry employs it with high purity in most wheels, and it is a good place to find undiscovered lead. So, this makes salvage yards a great place to find lead scrap.


Finally, as a reactive metal, lead is an attractive solution for the common lead-acid battery. Today, you can find these everyday batteries in various sizes in consumer products, but one of the best batteries for lead is the car battery. In fact, you might find lead in batteries which are broken, discarded, and abandoned.

Since lead is heavy and toxic, you will not find it in as many industries as aluminum. But, these three are the top locations to find lead, but keep in mind its traits that will allow you to find lead in new places yourself:

  1. Lead is heavy.
  2. It’s a strong metal.
  3. Lead is naturally reactive.

Now, you may want to brainstorm from these facts new places to find lead. Because, that will enable you to source new, overlooked stores of lead scrap. And, don’t forget to let us know in the comments below where you expect to find lead according to its properties, especially if you want confirmation from our experts.

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