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While rummaging through some old boxes of reloading supplies I found some lead bullets that were covered in like a whitish fuzz or powder.

The bullets hadn't been touched in about 12 years and were stored in a cool, dry place.

Is this lead oxidation? Can it be removed? Should I care one way or the other?
 

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Stranger,

That's simply the top surface of the lead that has oxidated as you alluded to.

If it is heavy, roll the bullet around on a rag to get rid of the really loose stuff. After loading in a shell, if you want them pretty. Twist the bullet in a rag. This usually cleans them right up.

If it is not too bad, don't worry about it and use them.

As a side note, the oxidated lead "powder" is toxic and is more easily moved around to your hands so wash up good after handling them as you should anyway after handling lead. No biggie there either.


Regards, Ray
 
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