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    Quote Originally Posted by BCOWANWHEELS View Post
    Guys your overlooking the eyes there windows to your insides.
    You said you wanted half face. Didn't need full face.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BCOWANWHEELS View Post
    I still want a resperator. I have enough health issues as it is. but all imput is very welcome.
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    There is nothing wrong with having a respirator!
    However, the majority of lead exposure comes from tumbling brass!

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    Well, all faces are different. Unfortunately to be truly effective you need to do a fit test. Different brands fit differently. When I has to use one routinly we found the the MSA fit my face the best.
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    yep, I,am clean shaven
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    I wet tumble with pins
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    Find a cartridge type face mask that fits you well then find the cartridges that protect against what you are doing.

    Is there an Industrial safety store near you that you can go and try masks on and ask their opinion?

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    I agree but add the decap area as well. For any disbelievers (newbies, not the majority of folks here) purchase some lead test swabs from the hardware store and swab the decap and tumbling table or floor. Normally one gets bad news.

    Quote Originally Posted by BrassMagnet View Post
    There is nothing wrong with having a respirator!
    However, the majority of lead exposure comes from tumbling brass!

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    My lead levels are elevated, but not enough to be too much of a concern.

    I discussed all of this with my Doctor.

    I now wear nitrile gloves when ever I'm working out in my shop. No respirator required. I tumble all of my brass outside.

    I strongly suspect that handling tumbled brass is the cause of my elevated condition, and that next year I'll test lower levels in my blood due to the gloves.

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    As a matter of interest to me, Federal is going to change over to a new formula of lead free primers. This should help out with the lead exposure from the use of a dry media brass tumbler. Gp

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    Quote Originally Posted by gpidaho View Post
    As a matter of interest to me, Federal is going to change over to a new formula of lead free primers. This should help out with the lead exposure from the use of a dry media brass tumbler. Gp
    is this is the new primer compound called ''catalyst'''?

    it's already in the issued ammunition of some LEA's. it's gonna cut drastically into the ''' lead contamination '''' factor , that is for sure.

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    Glockfan what does LEA’s stand for ???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hossfly View Post
    Glockfan what does LEA’s stand for ???
    Law Enforcement Agency

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    Got it thanks.

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    heres what I bought from pk supply



    3M 7500 Series Half Facepiece Respirator

    SKU: MMM01-7503
    SizeLarge 1 $29.99


    3M 7093 P100 Particulate Filter (Pair)

    SKU: MMM01-7093
    2 $14.04






    Uvex Stealth Goggles S396

    SKU: UVE01-S3960C
    Lens Color Clear 1 $13.65
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    +1 Jeffrey, I worked at a steel wheel manufacturer for over 20 years as a submerged arc welder. None of us ever had a bad test result. We had fans but we were inside. As Jeffrey said I smelt, flux and pour outside and have had no problems.

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    submerged has no fumes
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    I am recently retired and my generation was probably the last to not really follow new guide lines for safety because we grew up differently. However, now there is a lot of proof that the guide lines make sense.

    Lead blood levels seem to be the highest with those who collect range scrap and those who shot in indoor ranges. Thereís a lot of lead in primers and if the indoor rage doesnít have enough ventilation shooters can ingest lead. I do both, shoot indoors and collect range scrap.

    Before I didnít know the possible risks of lead. As a kid, like others, I kept crimp on sinkers for fishing in my mouth.

    I pushed the limits collecting scrap and melted it into ingots and then cast boolits. Sometimes there was a breeze,but not always. My blood sample came out almost off the chart. My doctor said I should be in a hospital.

    Lead has a half life of 25 days. That means an average body can reduce lead blood levels buy half each 25 days. I am waiting for my recent tests results.

    I now use latex gloves when reloading. I have a respirator for melting range scrap and casting and a high quality particulate mask for range scrap. Itís from an indoor range and I sweep it into piles and then shovel it into buckets.

    As far as the lead fumes, the filter is just charcoal. I hope it does itís job.

    This is something that is not talked about much, but is very important. How many of you have had your blood tested for lead? Itís not tested in the normal blood sample your doctors have you do each six to twelve months. You normally have to ask for it.

    Well enough preaching. A word to the wise is sufficient!

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    your post is eye opening, thanks
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    When I bought my respirator, the salesman told me that when I wasn’t using it, to keep it in a Ziplock bag. Once you open the package of filters the charcoal starts reacting with whatever is in the environment. Even if you aren’t breathing through it. If you keep in sealed up in a plastic bag, the filters will last many times longer.

    Also, I have a high lead level. I am sure tumbling brass can be a big factor for some, however,
    I never tumble my brass. I just rinse it in citric acid. The lead is everywhere in what we do.

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    yes on bagging it also suck the air out b4 you seal it up
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