Lead is becoming less common due to health concerns, but there are still places where you can buy lead ingots, sheet lead, and lead rolls. Popular stores that sell lead include Amazon, Bass Pro Shops, and Lowe’s. If you’re looking for scrap lead or free lead, you’ll want to try eBay or a junkyard or shooting range. Whether you’re looking for lead to melt and cast to make bullets, fishing sinkers, and other items, or you’re looking for sheet lead for waterproofing, we have the list of places where you can find lead.
Where to Buy Lead
Lead can be purchased in ingots, or blocks, for melting or casting, or in sheets and rolls for construction projects like roofing and waterproofing. You can also find lead in scrap form. We have the list of places to buy lead — no matter what type you’re looking for.
Note: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers guidelines to help protect your family from lead exposure. Lead exposure is particularly dangerous for children under 6.
Where to Buy Lead Ingots
To cast your own bullets or fishing weights, you might want to purchase a lead ingot. The following stores have lead ingots for melting and casting:
2. Bass Pro Shops
- How to purchase: Order lead ingots from Bass Pro Shops online or check store for availability
- Find a Bass Pro Shops
- How to purchase: Order lead ingots from Cabela’s online or check store for availability
- Find a Cabela’s
Where to Buy Sheet Lead and Lead Rolls
Sheet lead is often used in construction for soundproofing and waterproofing. Lead rolls are often used for roofing to protect against extreme weather. The following stores have sheet lead and/or lead rolls:
- How to purchase: Order sheet lead from Amazon online; order lead rolls from Amazon online
- Search Amazon online
2. The Home Depot
- How to purchase: Order lead rolls from The Home Depot online or check store availability
- Find a Home Depot
Where to Find Scrap Lead
Beware: Be sure to check the quality of the lead before purchasing, and, keep in mind, most sales on eBay and Craigslist cannot be returned.
Where to Get Free Lead
Fewer items are being made with lead, due to health concerns about lead exposure, but you may be able to find free lead at the following places:
1. Auto Repair Shops
- How to get free lead: Call your local auto repair shop and ask if it has scrap lead — specifically, wheel weights. If so, see if the shop might be willing to give it to you for free.
2. Construction and Roofing Companies
- How to get free lead: Contact a nearby construction or roofing company and ask if it has scrap metal — specifically, sheet lead or lead rolls. If so, ask if the company might be willing to give it to you for free.
3. Junkyards and Scrap Yards
- How to get free lead: Contact or visit your nearest junkyard or scrap yard to see if it has lead products like wheel weights. If so, ask if you can come by and pick them up for free.
4. Shooting Ranges
- How to get free lead: Contact a local shooting range and ask what it does with the bullets that are shot and then recovered. If it scraps them, ask if the facility would be willing to give them to you for free.
There are health concerns about lead exposure, but you are still able to purchase lead ingots, sheet lead, and lead rolls from stores like Amazon, Cabela’s, and The Home Depot. To find scrap or free lead, try eBay or an auto repair shop or shooting range. Be sure to check the quality of the lead and be aware of the health risks.