Lead bullets in pocket - Any health risks?

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    Lead bullets in pocket - Any health risks?

    This may be a silly question so forgive me but this is the first time I have ever really dealt with lead bullets. I plan on carrying a speed loader in my front pocket when I carry my j-frame (assume it performs tomorrow). My carry load is 158g LSWCHP. Are there any health concerns with carrying exposed lead bullets in the pocket? What about my hands if I reach on the pocket for something else?

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    Wash your hands before eating/drinking if you touch them. Not many risks if they just sit in your pocket.
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    I wouldn't lick them...
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    Fatal to BGs so you should be good
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    Rlolo, dnot wrorry aobut it. Laed isnt too bad. Unelss yuor prgennat or giong to be pregnnat, I woludnt' dewll onit mcuh. It deos hvae a sewet taest to it thuogh.
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    They aren't jacketed?


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    I used to pick lead shot out of my teeth from the quail and pheasant we had shot. They say it could cause memory problems but I haven't experienced any.
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    Not any worse than the general "lead exposure" risks have shown to be. It's raw lead, after all.

    Don't lick it = good advice. But then, same thing goes for copper pennies. Unless you're prepared for the outrage of a lifetime, don't ever touch one of them (or your fingers, after handling them) to your tongue. BTDT, as a young child. Was one of the worst experience in my life, until then. Of course, there was the 'lectric outlet, and the pool drain, and the ski jump, and ...
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    Unless you eat it, suck on bullets as a nervous habit, or plan on eating the BG after you shoot them, you probably aren't going to have a problem . As others mentioned play it save and wash your hands often.

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    Ingestion/inhalation is a much larger risk than exposure through the skin. I wouldn't worry about it - just wash your hands.

    On a related note, I do a fair amount of shooting (perhaps 15k a year in various calibers), and this year I'll make sure my lead levels are checked during my physical. I would be more concerned about inhalation.

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    Sorry Rollo, couldn't help it with that last post. But like others have said, just wash your hands. Like Sig's post above, people, including myself have done a lot of game bird hunting where you don't always get the lead out until you pick it out of your teeth. I really think that the best advice is not to ingest lead and a good washing of the hands should work well to be on the safe side. I remember that people used to blindly use lead as ingredient for a sweet additive and found this. I also make sure that I wash my hands well after reloading because of this.

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    No clue on health risks but I have heard lots of folks complain that the bullets deform after a bit of rolling around in there. Changing them regularly could help with that, and increase exposure, so I guess that doesn't help!
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    Well depends who you ask. The EPA has been try to get the Army to go to lead free bullets for years they do have a EPA approved lead free bullet they been using on ranges for a while now.
    I am sure that chewing on one might not be good for you, letting the kid play with them might not be a good idea. Have a couple in your pocket is likely low risk.

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    I used to pick lead shot out of my teeth from the quail and pheasant we had shot. They say it could cause memory problems but I haven't experienced any.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sig35seven View Post
    I used to pick lead shot out of my teeth from the quail and pheasant we had shot. They say it could cause memory problems but I haven't experienced any.
    You haven't experienced any or you can't remember experiencing any?
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