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While at the gun store earlier this week my son asked if he could get one of the used military ammo cans to put stuff in. I picked one up for him (and one for me of course).

After I got home I started thinking about lead residue. Anyone see that as a concern? Or should I just give it a quick wash down and let him have it? He's 7 years old.
 

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If you are worried about it wash it.

Military ammo is full metal jacket, there is no exposed lead, so it shouldnt be an issue.

Still, it would'nt hurt to hose it out anyway.
 

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I've had at least one since I was a kid, and I'm an old man now... No side effects here.:aargh4:
 

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Wash it and don't store your grits and beans in it. Non food items should be fine.
 

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Anything in contact with ammo will get a small amount of lead on it. Even copper jacketed bullets- there is enough lead floating around the bullet factory, it gets all over everything. Most brass also has a few percent lead in it as well.

Wash it thoroughly in hot soapy water. Maybe a good scrubbing with steel wool too. Because it is a non-permeable surface it will clean up just fine.

As above, no food items and preferably wash hands after handling and before eating.
 

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Sounds good. I wasn't overly concerned about it, but I wanted to see what other people's thoughts were. Thanks!
 

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I think it would be a good idea to wash it out with dish-washing liquid, or 409 or something just to be safe, and sleep well at night knowing you did. A set of toy plastic army troops (like most of us had as a child) probably contain more lead than what's left in the ammo can, but still........
 

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Probably more lead in the toys he has from China then in that box. :aargh4:
 

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I have been using them for the last 45 years and my kids had them. The only noticeable side effects are balding and old age.
I always wash the cans before I use them. Just a safety habit - your really don't know what was in them or what touched them before you got them.
 
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