Which Reusable Rubber Gloves For Reloading?

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  1. peeplwtchr

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    Hi All-

    I am looking to make the move from disposable to reusable rubber gloves for reloading. What do you use and why?

    Thanks
     
  2. Bfh_auto

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    I reuse disposable 9 mil gloves from harbor freight. They're stout and my hands usually don't sweat.
     
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  3. bluetopper

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    I have never used gloves while reloading. I have soap and water and I keep a heater in my reloading room.
     
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    No gloves here too. I wash my hands after im done.
     
  5. Mark_Mark

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    I use glove for gardening and loading lumber .
     
  6. Aletheia

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    I can't answer the original question because I have never used any kind of glove when reloading, and neither do any of the people I know who reload. Many, many man years of loading done with no other "precaution" than to often wash hands at various stages of the process with soap and water.

    What do I not know that makes those who use them think they are necessary?
     
  7. Average Joe

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    No gloves here either.
     
  8. peels

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    I use Costco disposable nitrile gloves when reloading. I do try to reuse them if they are not torn or too soiled. I would imagine thicker reusable rubber gloves would be too cumbersome for picking up and placing components...but admittedly I have not tried.

    As for using gloves...necessary? Perhaps not. But it's my preference...I'm sure we all have our own preferences for the many aspects in this great hobby.
     
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    No gloves....wash with soap and dry. But then I don't use any solvents beyond 90% alcohol and CLP in the area..
     
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    I don't use them for reloading, but for other things like working on engines I use Venom Steel "disposable" nitrile gloves that I buy at Lowes. They say they're disposable but I re-use them. They're pretty tough.
     
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  11. bluetopper

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    I grew up drinking out of the water hose too.
     
  12. koni

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    Harbor freight gloves I leave the gloves on and wash my hands with soap and water take off and let dry for next time. When they start getting bad toss and start again.
     
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    I found out early on in my shooting/reloading "career" that I tend to corrode metal by touching it. I've actually found my fingerprints rusted onto guns and ammo as soon as a few hours after handling them.

    So, I wear gloves when I reload. If nothing else my ammo won't be corroded when I pull it out of the box after a few weeks (or years). The guns themselves are usually not an issue as they generally get wiped down after use.

    I've always used disposable gloves for this -usually 3 mil. I've never seen a reusable glove that would be thin enough for handling some of the smaller parts used for loading. Knowing my luck I would quickly end up poking a hole in the reusable gloves anyway.
     
  15. kmw1954

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    use to wear leather gloves when shoveling out the pig pen and calf barn.

    wore nitrile gloves when working in a food plant. But then that was an FDA, USDA requirement. Along with hair nets and beard nets.
     
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    If you don't touch your face, eat, or smoke while reloading if you wash your hands well after there are no problems. The problem of finger prints on my ammo after storage was solved by tumbling my finished ammo in corn cob media and NuFinish for 15-20 min before putting it away.
     
  17. edwardware

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    Perhaps if you explain what you intend to protect your hands from (or to protect from your hands), someone will be able to answer.

    Sparks and sharps? Leather

    Grease and solvent? Nitrile

    Blood and gore? Nitrile

    Brass and powder. . . why are you wearing gloves?
     
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    You never know what was touched with range pick up shells: Covid 19, STDs, Sulfuric acid, U-235, or Lead. Never had a problem because mom always made me wash my face and hands after being outside or from loading or from hunting/shooting. I've shot reloaded ammo that was 20 years old that had no corrosion and I was taught long ago to allow a gun to warm up from being outside to prevent condensation and then to wipe it down with Gun Slick or some other lube afterwards. And as you might guess, look at all the money I saved and the lack of garbage i didn't create in wearing PPE.
     
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  19. drband

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    Any rubber gloves thick enough to be reusable for multiple times would be too bulky for primers and brass handling.
     
  20. JDeere

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    Could never get the feel for setting primers etc. with gloves on. Ate dirt but not intentionally when young. Went to a an elementary school that had an asbestos ceiling. Lead paint all over growing up and drank from a water hose...Guess I just don't worry about it...
     
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    I've never used rubber gloves for re-loading and never will. They make my hands sweat so that ten minutes into the exercise I can hold my arm up and watch the sweat run down my arm. So because my hands are a bit "acid" I wear cotton gloves when handling my brass that has been tumbled and is ready for charging. I started doing that some years back as once in a while I'd find a nice fingerprint on some cartridge I'd handled while re-loading months back. And I always throughly wash my hands when I've finished for the day. But really, a person isn't going to die from lead poisoning just from handling lead bullets while loading.
     
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    The only time I used rubber gloves is when sorting through wheel weights.

    As with @Dudedog, I have worked with a few people that tend to leave "rusty fingerprints. :D
     
  23. kerreckt

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    No gloves for me. Soap and water after I'm finished.
     
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    Got some buddies that are EMT's and over the years they gave me a box of what they use every so often. Used to use them on my boat. So I have a pretty good stash. I reuse them many times during reloading, cannot say how long they last but maybe a week.

    I have gotten pretty good at using them for all reloading functions except I need to use a size "small" glove for picking up and placing shell and bullet onto the press for seating purposes.

    Starting using them at the range during COVID too.
     
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  25. memtb

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    Being completely honest, and having worked with some fairly toxic materials most of my adult life......I’ve never worn gloves nor have even thought about it when reloading. I wash my hands prior, removing oils from my hands .....in the event that I must handle a dropped primer. And once finished reloading ......wash again.

    If one lives in a city or travels often in a city.....I’m reasonably certain that you will be exposed to many more potential toxins than in your reloading room! memtb
     
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