I am casting my own bullets and consider unrecovered range lead to be an untapped mining potential.
Yes, I know I could go to the public range and dig into the backstops, screening the dirt through a series of wire screens and then pick the lead out of the gravel left behind, but seriously there has to be a better way. In the prior method I would in fact be able to easily recover things like 75 caliber musket balls and the big full ounce 45-70 slugs; even a fair amount of 30 caliber projectiles. But what about the pounds and pounds of lead shot of miniscule #8 pellets. Are they all just destined to be lost forever?
It seems nearly hopeless to remove those small pellets from the soil. If anyone has a way to do so, let me know as there are a multitude of public trap and skeet ranges where we could collect and recycle the lead.
But could there be a way to collect it before it ever reaches the soil?