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First step of the new reloading sickness

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by donttellthewife, Feb 14, 2008.

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  1. donttellthewife

    donttellthewife Member

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    As though buying components and reloading weren't enough, now I have this impulse to make cast bullets. Now not only am I a range rat for brass I am the local lead whore.

    Now that I am smelting lead and want to wear a respirator, the beard has to go to get a good fit with the mask. Range rat, lead whore, and ugly, this better be worth it.

    Reclaiming lead from the indoor range

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    what's cooking

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    cupcakes are done

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    ready for the next step 140lbs wheel weights, 40lbs recovered bullets 20 lbs pure lead.

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    next posting will be on my all new lead levels :neener:
     
  2. snuffy

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    quit worrying

    Paranoid are we? Quit believing the greenies about lead poisoning.

    I've been casting and shooting lead for the last 40 years, my recent lead level was 5.0! Just wash well after a smelting/casting session, you'll be alright.
     
  3. donttellthewife

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    Ya, maybe I am little paranoid, but would that paranoia include having car insurance, home insurance, life insurance, business insurance, and health insurance. Wearing a seatbelt, helmet, saftey glasses, gloves, leathers, steeltoe boots, ect,ect,. Haveing enough supplies around in the event of a small catastrophe.

    OK, I am paranoid, but the voices have stopped.:neener:
     
  4. donttellthewife

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    After recovering 95lbs of range lead I now am the owner of about 60lbs of contaminated leftovers ( a mix of dirt,copper, lead, and small rocks ), It is well contained for now,but what is the correct thing to do with it.

    I thought about taking it to the local DEQ drop off which is free, if they will take it. If not them, were would one take it in the Portland OR area for safe disposal.
     
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    okay that's awesome...

    given the price of lead, maybe I should go into the "environmental mitigation business" :)

    atek3
     
  6. RustyFN

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    Throw it in the neighbors trash.:neener:
    Rusty
     
  7. lee n. field

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    Yeah, you got it (the disease) good.

    Muffin pan -- that's a good idea. I could-a saved a few bucks by using one of those instead of buying an ingot mold.

    Amazing how much crap you pick up with range pickup lead.
     
  8. donttellthewife

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    I couldn't bring myself to put it in the neighbors trash (theft of services) so I added it to their vegetable garden instead, deposited it just like the characters in the movie "The Great Escape" secret agent style :evil:

    But really, what do guys do with this stuff.
     
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  9. donttellthewife

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    double post
     
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    slow computer day triple post
     
  11. Walkalong

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    Great job. Take reasonable precautions, as we do with all things potentially hazardous, and all will be good.
     
  12. THe Dove

    THe Dove BOOMER SOONER!!!

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    One question???? What works better (doesn't stick as bad), a tin muffin tray or a cast iron cornbread stick tray????

    The Dove
     
  13. BruceRDucer

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    Hey Don'tTellTheWife

    Don'tTell...

    Um...where'd you get that gas burner thingy?

    Last time I melted 40 pounds of lead, I did it on the electric stove top.

    go check out the places that make Stained Glass Windows for lead too.
     
  14. Rustynuts

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    Check with you City/County or garbage hauler. Most places have Monthly or so HazWaste rodeos where you can come in and drop-off hazardous stuff like paint, batteries, PC gear, etc. Some large communities may even have these manned and open everyday. Mine is once a month on Saturdays.
     
  15. uk roe hunter

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    lead is ok for men but bad for deers and ducks in my experience. If a deer takes a 145 grain 7mm tablet of lead at 2800fps no amount of hoof washing is going to make it better.
     
  16. donttellthewife

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    I have never used the cast iron tray, but I am happy that the thrift store cupcake trays for .75 cents each

    BruceRDucer
    Bi Mart is the store I purchased the Turkey cooker from
     
  17. Walkalong

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    I have used a cast iron one and they work fine. The lead cools and pops right out. Mine has cute little swirls in it. The lead still just pops out. I found in in a trash pile on the side of the road. I used to embaress my wife stopping at good trash piles and scrounging sruff. :D
     
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    :neener:, back at ya.;)

    Your only problem was with the reclaiming process and maybe the smelting process. In those cases, you may have been exposed to SOME lead in the form of dust. If I were to dig out the lead trap at my club range, I WOULD wear a respirator.

    Once the lead is in ingot form, casting is pretty safe. All the groundless fears about lead vapor are just that FEAR. The molten lead has a thin boundary layer of heavy lead vapor just at the surface of the melt. As long as that is left undisturbed,(not stirred violently), you have no lead vapor to be breathing. To produce large quantities of lead vapor, requires the lead to be boiled. Lead has a very high boiling point (3180F), much higher than we cast at (650-750F), the lead vapors given off at casting temperatures are (while not 0 ppm) practically undetectable.
     
  19. budiceman

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    I'd take it back to the range.
    Do you know any chinese people that have a garden, they seem to like lead products and toys!
    Muffin tins work great you can get a bunch of them cheap. Fill them all up, then fill the pot up. as the pot is heating you can dump the tins. and start all over again. Works good for me now! I've been using an old eletric stove but am working on a turkey fryer (with reenforced legs)with an old propane cylinder cut in half for the melt. A dutch oven would work as a pot too!
     
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