Sierra responds to Lead Smelter closing

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  1. RetiredFCC

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    Does this mean I should not go out and buy/hoard more rounds than I would shoot is 6 lifetimes!?! Wow. What a buzzkill.
     
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    Bullets from car batteries. Never made that connection before.

    And so when the lead-acid car battery market slows down due to hybrid cars...

    There's got to be a conspiracy theory here somewhere, keep digging!
     
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    in short, the plant closure doesn't affect anything but the price.....
     
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    or boat keels, or xray room remodels (my personal fav), wheel weights...
     
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    I wonder if there is lead recovery from indoor ranges.
     
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    You know how when you buy a battery they charge you $7-$10 for a core charge? A few years ago my dad was buying the cores and selling them for $30-$50 each depending on size.

    He ended up getting a call from an American overseas that wanted him to buy and ship batteries by the container load for him.
     
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    Yes and outdoor ranges

    Loctite/paint pen/regularly check your gear. A gun falling off your belt is unacceptable
     
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    Like they sweep with a metal detector and dig it out of the berm?
     
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    An aquantance is now removing lead wheel weighs from vehicles with Obama stickers, to protect them from themselves.
     
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    Though any closing of primary producers is regrettable, lead mining and smelting is a dangerous business. I doubt regulation was the main cause of this though, as foreign producers have been selling lead pretty cheaply. China has been producing and buying not just lead, but copper at an ever increasing rate.

    While not of immediate concern, as plenty of recycled lead is in the market at this time, eventually secondary sources may dry up, especially if newer technology batteries, now primed to come to market, do actually replace the lead core battery. Then things will get dicey.
     
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    This, again, is a recycling plant, though good to see. I don't know what percentage of lead overall is used by bullet makers vs. battery makers or even solder makers (though we make few circuit boards here anymore either, but still do some plumbing and such), but I'm sure batteries are the primary users of lead overall. Lead from bullets is, of course, not reclaimed at the same rate as battery lead, so what gets shot out of guns is seldom recycled, so whatever percentage that represents would have to made up for in primary production somewhere.
     
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    It is the SHTF situation that many have dreamed of. I have enough ammo for right around 126 years. I am heading out to buy more due to the critical lead shortage.
     
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    Think of lead as oil. It's available on a worldwide market. It makes us more dependent on overseas suppliers. What else is new.

     

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