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Thread: how to avoid poisoning with lead

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    Boolit Master

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    Quote Originally Posted by wistlepig1 View Post
    Wash your hands when casting or holding Pb. Keep your hand away from face and mouth. No food, smokes, chew, or any thing else by mouth. And enjoying casting.

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    Boolit Master
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    At my loading bench
    I cast outside, lots of fresh air there. I wear leather gloves and a full face shield when working with hot lead. When cold, ie, lubing, sizing, or loading, I wear the rubber gloves like a doctor would use. When done I take them off, and wash my hands. I'm probably a bit over the top in all this, but when I get a lead test done the results don't even register. My doc tells me to keep doing it that way since itseems working.

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    One more bit. If you store lead like most of us, some surfaces will oxidize. That is typically whitish, but can be any of several other colors of different lead oxides. Those oxides are much more dangerous than eating a chunk of lead. Dross can also oxidize and fairly quickly as we pull it while it's hot.

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    I just use common sense. I don't know of any bullet caster that has had any increase in lead in their blood. I don't stand over my lead pot doing deep breathing exercises and I don't chew on a freshly cast bullet while casting. My lead pot doesn't get hot enough to vaporize lead so I'm not threatened by toxic vapors.

    Any time you mention lead poisoning you'll get the opinions by fellers frightened by the thought of a slow death by lead poisoning. I believe folks have gotten terrified by the politicians' BS about lead poisoning and go overboard (in CA the politicians argued against lead wheel weights because they will fly off cars/truck wheels and get ground up on the road. Then the rain comes and washes the pulverized lead off the road and into the surrounding dirt to then seep down into the water reservoirs/water tables and poison everyone within 2 miles of any highway. Just use common sense and you can cast bullets or many years without worrying about poisoning...
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    FWIW my lead levels tested at 3 a couple years ago. I am relatively new to hunting and shooting, pretty new to reloading and casting. Where did the lead in my body come from? Much of my childhood was in the era of leaded gasoline and paint and I grew up in a giant city. If you take sensible precautions, adults have basically nothing to fear from shooting, reloading, casting, etc.
    "I have learned from experience that a modicum of snuff can be most efficacious." - the Baron von Munchausen

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    You can google about a Vitamin C tablet and lead. It has a positive history in reducing lead levels in Blood.

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    Boolit Grand Master fredj338's Avatar
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    I've been casting & shooting lead for about 40y now. My lead levels are a tiny bit higher than someone with no shooting time. Stay out of indoor ranges is #1. When casting & handling lead, don't smoke or eat & wash your hands, done.
    NRA Cert. Inst. Met. Reloading & Basic Pistol

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    In the early 00's, EPA determined that lead needed to be removed to a 5 parts per billion ration for effective clean up. After that proposal, it was determined that no where in the US met that qualification. In other words, no amount of clean up after a site would satisfy EPS, or as they declined to state, no where in the US was it safe to live or eat garden vegetables per these idiots. They left the standard @ 5 parts per million without determining how that may effect humans. The whole agenda driven process is flawed and presumes all born before 1940 and in all other lands are idiots incapable of action.
    [The Montana Gianni] Front sight and squeeze

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    Boolit Master

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    Quote Originally Posted by poppy42 View Post
    Donít eat what you cast.
    ... but how will we compete and gain followers with the You Tubers eating Tide pods if we don't eat multi colored powder coated boolits??

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BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
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