Should we worry about all the lead?

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    Geared4fun
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    Like many of you out there i love pellet guns & rifles and shot a lot I mean A Hole Lot but as I was writing on a different post were i made a ammo recommendation it got me thinking about how much I shoot and what I shoot to be specific i usually prefer the H&N baracuta power pellets i love the copper coating i find it makes them penetrate harder and in my opinion fly a little truer plus I hope they keep all the buried  lead from leaching out in my yard but often i also shoot the cheaper crossman hps witch brings me to my point just how much lead is really buried under my grass just one hundred tins can equal 5,000 little chunks of toxic pollutants buried in my land and I easily shot a hundred tins in just one year maybe even less time than that I have a sig Sauer mpx with 4 mags and 10 ammo belts each of these hold 30 pellets the reason I got exactly that many is because it adds up to 300 pellets total the other day i shoot them all and reloaded all 2 more times and all that in just one day that's 900 crossman lead pellets laying around my yard in just one single day so here is my question should we be worried about all that lead? 

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    Papy_Yosh
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    I am going to follow that one. I think this is a good question and would like to see what people thing about the different way to remedy that (recycle, get a mold and recast, trap and sent to recycle center,…)

    Papy_Yosh

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    Geared4fun
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    Oh just in case someone wants to mention it yes I do manually pick up every little pellet i see laying around it takes a long time and it sucks and i also have a 4 inch thick wood back stop that I use for paper targets and I change it out ones in a while when it is too full of holes i don't use pellet traps out doors but I do use them indoors not because I don't want to but because I shoot a lot and I find crazy eight spinner targets and regular paper targets works best for the distances plus the types and calibers of the air rifles i use, i try as much as possible to retrieve collect and capture what I can but even so there has to be thousands and thousands of pellets out there. how many do you think are in your yards? And should we worry about all the lead?

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    T3PRanch
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    This article might open some eyes OR cause a debate! You decide!. I have shot PB's, Cast Bullets, Reloaded and used pellets for the last 50+ years. I have been checked for heavy metal buildup many times when working in the Semiconductor Industry. Never had an indication of lead in any checkup.

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    mtnGhost
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    I've been in direct contact with lead ammo, pellets, I clean the lead out of my barrels and shrouds. I even ate lead paint chips like many others when I was a kid.

    My hemotologist did some unrelated, routine tests, and she concluded that I'm fine. YMMV, but I'm not too concerned. 

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    Julez
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    Doesn’t 100 tins equal to 50000 pellets?instead of 5000?i don’t wanna make it look even worse😜
    It’s a good thing u actually pick most off em up though πŸ‘.

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    Geared4fun
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    You are right it is 50,000 not 5 maybe the lead got me jk. to all I'm not really worried about the lead affecting my personal health just because i touch some pellets, it's more a question of my yard over the many years accumulating uncountable little lead pieces and what that means or could possibly mean, it's more a matter of something to think about and keep in mind, i don't think before today i would have second guessed to even grow vegetables there but should I ? Is up to 50,000 lead balls a year spread around my yard something i should learn more about? maybe even be worried about? This is not me waving my arms around and screaming the sky is falling. I'm just a bit curious and i think this is a good subject to discuss here, I'm just saying even outdoor gun ranges have to close down eventually because of too much lead and some places only let you hunt on public lands with lead free ammo. so what do y'all think?

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    bubblerboy64
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    The problem isn’t that you do it it’s that there are millions of us doing the same thing .  Well it might take 100 of us to make up for one you but you get the point.   

    I think you should make every effort to clean up the lead or contain it.  

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    JamesD.
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    I’m personally worried about the lead also as my 21 month old boys swab test showed 5ppm and now they wish to test his blood. I’ve been a lot more careful about washing hands, not transferring any.

    Children absorb 70% they eat whereas adults absorb only 20%.

    lead only leeches until that white oxidized coating is on the pellets.

    If shooting indoors in basement like I sometimes do when mounting a new scope or switching one micro particles are blown out. I suspect these to be the culprit. Just look in a shroud, baffles, etc. It’s not long before a build up occurs.

      I have my main outdoor target set up to catch all big pieces. Any dust thrown off is caught on the (2) 6×10’ fake lawn carpets. 

    I’ve had great accuracy with the copper or plated pellets but not sure price is worth them. Don’t know if    new GTO will replace lead. Reported great accuracy but retained longer distance energy? I can’t think of anything as good as lead and air guns are already short range limited.

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    Almeidaken
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    Lemon Ginger garlic coriander soup is the best remedy to naturally detoxify a human body. These herbs contain sulfur that makes the metallic lead to pass out of the body. Most of our diet constitutes of these herbs hence we find very few cases of lead poisoning from indirect sources. (direct sources include swallowing lead shot). This applies to adult humans only. Kids must be kept away from Lead. As adults, we must teach our kids on lead-free ammo and lead safety. That's all. 

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    Geared4fun
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    Sorry to hear about your boys i hope it doesn't affect them in any negative way, when I was 14 i used to keep the pellets in my mouth under my lip where people keep tobacco chew i didn't know any better,  I'm still waiting for that shoe to drop so there is that. What is GTO?

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    Shinyknight
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    Unless you are putting lead pellets in your mouth. There isn't any concerns you need to worried about. Some people are just over paranoid about little stuff. Like scared cheap Chinese compressor gonna blow up and kill them, or non dot cf tank gonna rupture and blow everyone up. Sometime you just need to relax and stop worrying about the small things in life. 

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    Geared4fun
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    I agree about kids and lead safety when ever i shoot with my daughter i always have her wash her hands really well right after touching pellets and i try to load her pellets if I'm not shooting too and i have already told her about how lead is bad for kids and how stupid i was to keep it in my mouth as a teen.

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    Geared4fun
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    Don't rub it in ShinyKnight i know using my mouth as a pellet pouch was probably the stupidest thing i ever did as a teen and that is saying a lot.

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    bubblerboy64
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    Shinyknight

    Unless you are putting lead pellets in your mouth. There isn't any concerns you need to worried about. Some people are just over paranoid about little stuff. Like scared cheap Chinese compressor gonna blow up and kill them, or non dot cf tank gonna rupture and blow everyone up. Sometime you just need to relax and stop worrying about the small things in life. 

    This type of thinking is the problem for which we have no solution.  

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    PolishAssasin
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     Very interesting point. However, I would have higher concern with the quality of the food we put into are bodies. Not worried about lead at all.

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    Keyman62421
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    Make sieve box.. shovel the dirt and pellets in and shake.  Like archeologists and miners do!

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    bubblerboy64
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    PolishAssasin

     Very interesting point. However, I would have higher concern with the quality of the food we put into are bodies. Not worried about lead at all.

    We don’t get to pick our poison but I guess we can pick the one we want to worry about πŸ˜‹

    Folks in Flint Michigan might have a different view on this.   But I agree looking at the average middle aged American ( my self included) what we eat is probably our biggest concern.  I know you are talking contaminants but being 50 lbs or more over weight should be at the top of the worry list.  

    I’m just suggesting that worrying about lead is not being paranoid.  Too much science to ignore 

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    FrankinFairfield
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    Lead is a natural occuring element.

    Where you find silver, you find lead.

    Just don’t eat it.

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    likkitysplyt
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    I do probably 95% of my shooting as target practice and almost always shoot into trees that have been dropped and then cut into 18 inch sections. When I have sufficiently blasted the wood in the sections to pieces I will roll them down the hill into a pile and burn them. I don't stand around the fire and breath in the smoke but I do keep a water hose around in case the fire starts to get away from where I want it to stay.  After the fire has done it's work, all that is left is ashes and lead. The lead will usually be a molten puddle at the bottom and I simply let it cool and store it in case I find some use for it in the future … possibly making it into slugs.

    The cool thing about using cut wood like this is that once you have shot up one side of the wood … all you have to di is turn it around and start shooting the other side of the wood … afterward, roll it down the hill and burn it

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