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Is there really a lead dust issue tumbling brass

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by leftym4, Oct 18, 2012.

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  1. ggood

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    Been tumbling with corn cob for35 years and tons of shooting nowadays more in indoor ranges. Blood lead levels came as 66 in Feb. Stopped all lead bullet shooting,indoor range and tumbling and wear half face lead rated respirator and nitrile gloves and use lead wipes on my hands and lead removal detergent on my workbench all the time. Also always wash my clothes and change shoes etc. after a while you get used to it and it doesnt take that long. Lead level is now 21. I had a lab come to house and check lead levels and the worst was where I did my media seperation. I set up for wet tumbling but cant do the volume that you can in dry.Wet also has other problems.I think one has to look at the whole picture and not just tumbling. BY the way my wife tested at 3. In my case I think it is mainly from the indoor range. Also somewhere along the line you have to deprime and that lead styp will be a problem. Looked up forensics and when the police do a gunshot residue test they find arsenic and all kinds of nasty stuff. anyway enough said.I'm going to keep shooting and reloading but only take much more precautions need it or not.
     
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    Would it be better if I deprimed and separated media outside?
     
  3. blarby

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    Yes.

    Yes.
     
  4. JohnM

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    We have to go through all this again? :banghead:
     
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    Was thinking the same!

    If it bothers you, do it elsewhere.
     
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    blarby sure doesn't let the fact that he has little to no personal experience get in the way of his opinions.:rolleyes:

    Don
     
  7. blarby

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    Don sure doesn't let a little science get in the way of stating that he's a .... !

    I also dearly love the belief that I have no experience.

    Awfully sure he also really doesn't understand that we're on the same team, but hey- the blind rarely do.

    Lefty, I'm sorry you had the misfortune to ask an honest question. Many here are afraid of honest answers. About the best you are going to get is sifting through the responses, and choosing for yourself where the truth lies.
     
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  8. jcwit

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    Being as the beat just keeps going on-----------------------

    Now, now boys, lets be nice!

    I've come to the conclusion it mostly about the individual. Some get near lead and its compounds and just soak it up, others seem to be pretty safe from it. Why do I say this? By my own bloods levels taken two times a year now.

    Maybe HSO can chime in as to why my levels stay so low.

    Cast indoors over a coleman stove, do not wear a mask, do not shoot indoors, blood levels run between 4 & 6. This is fact, not opinion.
     
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