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Thread: Should ya clean lead bullets?

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    Should ya clean lead bullets?

    I got a deal on quite a few lead balls, and bullets, that I guess have oxidized. Are they OK to shoot and hunt with like they are, or should they be cleaned up? And if so, HOW?

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    They are going to be noisy in the washing machine.

    Just kidding!

    No .... just shoot them .... if you had exposed lube and dirt there I'd be wary of a grinding compound effect from it.

    But just oxide on the outside of the lead will not hurt anything.

    Shoot away!

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    Most of them are not lubed, But there are a 100, big 45cal bullets that are lubed, and have some grime on them. Can anything be done with them?

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    If I was concerned about them, I would melt them down and remold them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seanhagerty View Post
    If I was concerned about them, I would melt them down and remold them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toad View Post
    Most of them are not lubed, But there are a 100, big 45cal bullets that are lubed, and have some grime on them. Can anything be done with them?
    One way I've used gritty boolits is to place the boolits on a paper towel in a metal pan and melt the lube off in a low oven ( 160 - 175 degrees, below the flash point of paper) Lube melted and draind down and absorbed by paper towel.
    BTW, before the flames start I've done this many times and the paper towels don't burst into flame and none are even singed...
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    Or boil them in plain water in an old pan and then tumble lube them.
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    boil the lube off them.
    lead oxide is hard stuff [airc it's about 50 or more on the bhn scale]
    you can run the cleaned boolits through your tumbler to shine em up then re-lube.
    it's all an educated guess,,,, till the trigger is pulled.

    the more i find out about shootin boolits, the more it contradicts everything i ever learned about shooting jaxketed.

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