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[–] Kromulent 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

After a lifetime of shooting and reloading with no particular concern for lead exposure, I asked my doc to check my lead levels with a blood test. Came back just a little below normal.

Have your levels checked at your next physical and don't worry about it. The real hazard is if you spend a lot of time on an indoor range, like trainers and range officers do, or if you're casting bullets without good ventilation.

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[–] 17699735? 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Or drinking tap water out of a century home

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[–] Kromulent 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Or eating those sweet, sweet paint chips.

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[–] Doberman1 1 point 4 points (+5|-1) ago 

I totally agree, that lead levels are dangerous, for those on the opposite end of the gun...

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[–] 17699726? 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

My understanding is that there is a massive difference between shooting indoors vs outdoors as well. FWIW I always wash my hands and change my clothes after, especially before I mess with my kids. When my wife is pregnant or breastfeeding (read always :)) she doesn't shoot.

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[–] 1quickdub 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

If you shoot indoors it can get pretty bad, outdoors at least rhe wind carries it away from you. You can ask your family doctor to give you a test if concerned. Don't put your fingers (or your ammo) in your mouth. Wash up when finished shooting, BEFORE you grab that post range snack.

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[–] KILLtheRATS 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

"Family doctor" look at this millionaire

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[–] 1quickdub 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

Canadian, sorry

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[–] OricaTonithos 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

Uh... yeah. I'm pretty good at quizzes like this one...

Um...

"Make the other guy die from lead exposure before he does that to you?"

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[–] Mumbleberry 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

I know a guy that was hospitalized with lead poisoning, he did a lot of bullet molding for himself and others with no PPE. Still does it but wears a respirator now

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[–] OricaTonithos ago 

A hood fan to the outside positioned over the melter should take care of the bulk of it.. oh, and don't contaminate your face-hole with your fingers while you're workin'.

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[–] Mumbleberry ago 

I wear a respirator when casting after seeing what happened to my friend. Good tips though, thanks.

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[–] ScamDog28 ago 

Is there much of a difference in lead in rimfire vs center fire?

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[–] TeranNotTerran [S] ago 

Good question. I have no idea.

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[–] Jameson_In_A_Glass ago 

Outdoor ranges cause less lead exposure, if you shoot indoors you get exposed more. To be honest, unless you are shooting large volumes every week I dont think you should be so concerned. Really if you get blood testing for lead you should be able to accurately log your exposure. Also wash your damn hands after you shoot.

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