I've been casting and scrounging lead since I was about 9 or 10 yrs. old. I never entertained the dangers of lead back then as I do now and I'm 57 with no ill effects.
Is it dangerous toxic stuff ?, yep......it can be if not addressed properly. As I got older I started to read more on it and made changes in the way I handled it or breathed while around it when molten. I knew if I was going to continue doing what I did with it, I'd have to make changes. I installed a stove hood w/fan and never ate or smoked around the stuff.......washed my hands frequently as well......Thank God all is well.
I've had a decent supply of pure lead from various sources so I've never scrapped batteries, but I know some who have with no ill effects.......obviously they are cautious about it.....
To me I can make more money by turning them in for recycling.......more money for components :)
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One lead hazard that many do not think about is the dust from spent primers. High in lead compounds and older primers contained mercury and easily breathed or gotten on the hands. Even without using or casting lead bullets one must be cautious during reloading. Wash hands often and never eat while enjoying the hobby of reloading.
Edited by Ham Gunner on November 26 2017 at 10:59am
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