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coatings for lead projectiles

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Dasher, Nov 21, 2007.

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  1. Dasher

    Dasher Member

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    Hey there.

    The local stores sell lead projectiles with a two pot type coating, some blue , some black, some gold etc. There are also the copper wash frontier and berry bullets.

    Does anyone know what the polymer /two pot coatings may be and/or have a formula for it? With lead awareness increasing I am looking to coat the castings I am doing to reduce the exposure to me and my son as teh levels or reloading we are doing is increasing.
     
  2. stubbicatt

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    I really don't know what two pot coatings are. The Berrys seem to be hit or miss (pun intended). Some handguns like them, some don't. There are other options like Montana Gold and others which are inexpensive but shoot really well.
     
  3. Jim Watson

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    I had a large supply of Prot-X Bore bullets that did not work according to claims. I coated part of them with moly based Kal-Gard (which seems no longer available), and the rest with Corbin Dip Lube. Now this was as bullet lube, not as protection against contamination and I cannot say how effective they would be versus ordinary precautions. After all, I had to get the bullets into the mix.

    Are you casting bullets? The key is ventilation. I have known of people to keep clothes for casting only, not wearing them in the house and not washing them with regular clothing. Some wear masks. I figure cross-ventilation is enough but I only cast for one rather low volume gun.

    Are you handloading cast bullets? The key is cleanliness. You are not touching the bullets except with your hands. Wash them. There are lead wipes that might be more effective than soap... or might just be something to sell.
     
  4. rcmodel

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    Cross-ventilation of the casting area is your friend.

    I have a small electric fan blowing from left to right across my casting area. And a big window fan to the right of the casting area sucking air out of the house and blowing it outside.

    If you are really worried about lead exposure, wear a canister filter mask and wear latex gloves.

    On the other hand, I have been casting bullets for about 45 years now without a problem with lead poisoning. We didn't even know it was dangerous until California told us it was a few years ago.

    As for coating bullets in what I assume is some sort of epoxy or something, the fumes from that are probably more dangerous then the lead.

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  5. jmorris

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    If you are talking about coatings like the one http://www.precisionbullets.com uses (shown in photo coating breached then heated), you are not going to have much luck figuring out what he uses or how it’s applied. I can tell you that tumbling your bullets in a moly/ceramic media mix does nothing but waist time. One other thing, if you want to try different lubricants be sure NOT to tell the company what you are using it for. I contacted a Dupont rep and she might as well have cussed me out when I told her what I needed Teflon coating for. Good luck and let us know if you find anything.

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  6. Dasher

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    http://westcastings.com/default.aspx

    These are the type of projectile coatings I am looking for. The advantage isnt so much from the casting but from the reloading contact. Shooting Cowboy action uses 100's per shoot, all soft lead. Being able to continue casting and add some form of encapsulation would be good.
     
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