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Thread: Has anyone experienced mice eating lubricant from cast bullets?

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    Has anyone experienced mice eating lubricant from cast bullets?

    The message title pretty much says it all...

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    I haven't had a problem with that, but I do store most of my stuff in ammo cans or a metal cabinet.
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    Not on the bullet, but I had mice eat a bunch of wax. I was given 20-30 lbs. (or more) of old candles, unknown to me if they were paraffin or beeswax colored, un-colored. Melted them all down and poured them into bread pans to conserve space.

    The mice munched on several of the big blocks of wax. Those mice have earned their wings.

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    No But had them eat the green scented bar soap, irises spring.

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    Well, I’ve had them eat poison so I guess anything is in their menu.
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    I have squirrels that like to nibble on lead ingots. Ouch!

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    Mice chewed through the wires leading to the neutral safety switch on my truck. Fortunately, they chewed at a spot where I could splice the wires together relatively easy.

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    Nope. They're fed too well otherwise in the barn.....

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    Cats are the answer, but don't feed them too well.

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    I've had them eat oiled-foam air filters. Maybe they need a laxative?

    There are 5 cats in this house, so my bullet lubes are safe.
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    Little fellers are gonna get lead poisoning if they keep chewing on boolits…

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    Quote Originally Posted by BLAHUT View Post
    No But had them eat the green scented bar soap, irises spring.
    I too heard that Irish Spring soap repels mice... Nope... it attracted 'em to the point that I load the Traps with the stuff!!! Works better than peanuts!!! No Bull!!!
    MothBalls is Still a Rodent Repellent... Even Skunks won't tolerate it...
    Edit; I have my bitter half finally in the habit of putting repellent where it is needed...and Poison, where i don't mind attracting the Buggers... Outside, in the Barn... Double Bubble, bubble gum... All critters, from mice to Raccoons, (certainly ground hogs) love it ... Kills 'em !!!

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    Not on a bullet yet, but they chewed through a plastic bag to eat the patches for a muzzleloader I had lubed with bear grease. There's no such thing as repelling mice. Moth balls may slow them, but they definitely don't keep them out of stuff long.

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    Mice are stupid. Feed them the little green bricks of yummy flavored poison. Just drop little pieces in any mouse
    ruuns you may find. Mice like to run along walls or under things. Putting the poison inside an old cardboard tube works well too. If you don't have poison it's time to make the spinning mountain dew in a mud bucket trap.

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    ox yoke (?) prelubed black powder wads. I got a big bunch on a clearance sale. mice or red squirrels wiped them out. nice wintergreen smell

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    Recently I sized and lubricated some bullets which I left in an open pan in my garage loading area to use in the next few days. Yesterday when I began loading them, I noticed an inordinate number were missing part of their lubricant. I knew that if I had done a poor job lubricating, I would have noticed it. Then I noticed a bit of rodent excreta next to the bullets.

    Its not a big issue, in that I normally store bullets in containers, and have never had this happen before. I don't want to kill the little guys and my cats would just stare at me, then tell me to call an exterminator.

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    Take a couple of kernels f dried corn and super glue them to the mouse trap trigger. I’ve had traps in my garage with the same kernels on them for years

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    Quote Originally Posted by Siskiwit View Post
    Take a couple of kernels f dried corn and super glue them to the mouse trap trigger. I’ve had traps in my garage with the same kernels on them for years
    Love it.... Next!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by megasupermagnum View Post
    There's no such thing as repelling mice. Moth balls may slow them, but they definitely don't keep them out of stuff long.
    One Must replace/rejuvenate the moth balls fairly often, Even stepping on them, breaking them.. works... certainly Not, a Set and forget proposition.. Due Vigilance...

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    No But, I had squirrels bend up and chew on the lead flashing around the vent pipes on my roof.
    they're gone now though,

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    Size/Prime a few cases when starting off with a progressive and put them aside. You can plug them back into the process when a bad/odd case screws up in the priming station and continue loading.

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    They got into my beeswax once. I now constantly have poison packets in all the corners and holes where the used to come in. No more problems.

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