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White Powder On Shot

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by jsa3107, Apr 24, 2009.

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  1. jsa3107

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    I have 2 bags of shot that were sitting in the garage on the floor
    There is a white powder in alot of the shot when I opened the bags
    What is this from?


    Thanks for any help....
     
  2. grunt

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    Lead oxidation. Be careful not to breath the dust that comes off of it. In the past I have had to clean up some old shot like this. Do it outside .
     
  3. jsa3107

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    The shot isnt that old maybe 2-3 years old
    Are you saying it isnt safe to use it to reload with?

    thanks for any help..
     
  4. cubancigar2000

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    It is safe, just blow it off in the outdoors, then rebag it
     
  5. creteham

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    That shot is lethal poison! Instant death! Package it up securely and ship it to 438 Co Rd 2300, Crete, NE 68333 for proper disposal.

    Just here to help,

    Terry
     
  6. ricks1

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    put in a tumbler and it will clean up
     
  7. wolfram

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    It is lead carbonate and yes it is toxic. You can easily remove it with a mild acid like vinegar or coke. The primary route of entry into your body is as a respirable dust so it isn't a good idea to run this though your loader that drops shot a few feet from your nose or the blast the stuff into the air.
     
  8. grnberetcj

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    Don't leave it open with a Cokehead around.....

    Curt
     
  9. 3dram8

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    Was there a little plastic bag packed with the shot that broke open? Let's see...lots of lead production in Peru.....hmmmmmm......coke production in Colombia....Colombia via Peru------->U.S. j/k....Rick
     
  10. wolfram

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    I was thinking of coke-a-cola. The other stuff is a bit toxic as well.
     
  11. fssberson

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    Call the FBI or a Haz Mat Team... it could be anthrax. Or it could be all of the above. Even if you reload it with a mask on... shooting it could also be a problem for your health and others. Good idea to clean it really well.
     
  12. phirel

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    If there is just a little white lead carbonate on some of the shot, I would load it with care. If there is a heavy white layer on all of the shot, wash it with diluted vinegar and then wash off the shot and let it dry.

    Pat Ireland
     
  13. PerazziBigBore

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    I would just tumble it with a few shots of tri-flo.. a teaspoon of graphite..and load it.. The tri-flo will stop the airborne particles in there track.. and the graphite will stick to the tri-flo recreating the old Winchester lubaloy shot.. The trick is to keep the lead oxide out of the air you are breathing..
     
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    Pat,

    How about tumbling it with a good Italian salad dressing, it has vinegar to clean the shot and olive oil to lubricate it. HMB
     
  15. phirel

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    HMB- Not a good idea. Someone would want to use the dressing on a salad after it has been used to get the carbonate off the shot.

    Pat Ireland
     
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