Sinker rip off's

Started to notice this about 6 months ago at last resort locations like servo's deli's.

Sinkers are unussualy shiny and when you hold them they are lighter than they are spose to be.
Its allmost as if they are cutting down the lead with tin (solder) to make more $$$ or they are using solder to make sinkers!!

To be honest i dont really care paying the same or a little more for 100% lead but it sucks when you buy some star sinkers of the normal size you have allways bught only to have them not hold the bottom or cast as far.

Anyone else notice this?


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I used to make my own but

Mon, 2008-05-26 13:02

I used to make my own but its not worth the danger. Had a really close call once when the handle on a pot full of moulten lead snapped.


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Mon, 2008-05-26 18:44

  I too make all my sinkers. I believe there is another metal similar to lead called (I think ) white lead or white metal. May come from batteries, which is cheaper, lighter and stays shiny

What is the price of a 'Star Sinker' these days? 


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Mon, 2008-05-26 19:05

The sinkers i sell in my shop are of quality lead and weighed also. My price is cheap when compared and that means i can go fishing more often than making sinkersLaughing


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