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Lead Oxide On Old Bullets

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by RVTECH, Mar 16, 2011.

  1. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    I have several hundred old Speer 9mm HP bullets with about half the lead point exposed and most have a coating of lead oxide on them. Will lead oxide harm a barrel? The stuff seems fairly hard and will not tumble off and it is not on the contact surface but I do not want to take any chances so anyone with experience in this area please advise! Thanks.
     
  2. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    They are extremely dangerous.. now please heed this for everyone's safety.. I run a dangerous bullet receiving center and if you'll just pack those securely and mail them to me I will dispose of them safely. No animals will be harmed in the procedure, unless it's feral cats on my place..
     
  3. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    Are you sure they are feral or just neighbor cats coming to visit yours? (like they do at my place)
     
  4. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    Well it's out on the Olympic Peninsula in the middle of a forest.. we have rescued kittens we have found (one of our Rotties found them, it was really cute, he wanted to adopt them) and taken them to the shelter but the loose adult cats have to be dealt with or they will destroy wildlife and breed like mad

    Seriously.. load your bullets and enjoy
     
  5. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    So no problems with the lead oxide? The stuff seems kind of hard and crystalline-like and I was concerned about the possible effects of it on the barrel and other parts.
     
  6. AMProducts

    AMProducts Maple Valley, WA Jerk, Ammo Manufacturer Silver Supporter

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    it's softer than steel, tell you that much :)
     
  7. Collateral

    Collateral Monmouth Member

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    I had some of those Speer bullets in the same condition that you describe, I called them Sno-Cones.
    I shot a few and tried wiping off some others, but the easiest way to clean them is to put them in the Tumbler for awhile. Loaded ammo is much heavier than empty brass so don't put too many in there at once.
    I would like to find more of those.
     
  8. AMProducts

    AMProducts Maple Valley, WA Jerk, Ammo Manufacturer Silver Supporter

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    You shouldn't tumble loaded ammo... you can tumble component bullets. There is a tendency when tumbling loaded ammo for the heavy bullets to hit the primers and set them off. Yes, it is a very rare occurence, but I have seen it happen. There is also some theories about the powder being broken up into smaller grains.

    If you do it, tumble small batches for no more than 5-10 minutes and be very careful.