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11-01-2013 12:15 AM  4 years agoPost 1
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Steve Johnson
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October 30, 2013
http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/...er-usa-closing/

The lead smelter closing down. Credit: Kbh3rd via Wikimedia

Suddenly the US Army’s obsession with lead-free ammunition makes perfect sense, it was about security not the environment. A reader writes …

The last remaining lead smelter, in Herculaneum MO, is closing down. This will undoubtedly affect the price of lead, since the lead that is mined in Viburnum MO will now be sent out of the US for smelting.

Missouri’s Lead Belt has been the primary source of lead for the US since 1700.

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This article was posted: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 11:55 am

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11-01-2013 12:29 AM  4 years agoPost 2
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I know the plant - Very Good Family People, safety and environmentally strict right down to the mine's - very strict . Sad it is just a natural resource that will be sold & shipped to China for us to purchase back.

All USA mineral processing and technology is being whored overseas.

Should not allow out side forces to purchase.

Real History in that area -The Chinese or any International company should NOT be allowed to buy it or the smart's and intellectual property that built it - like so many other plant's.

Really sad part they will contaminate themselves - they could care less.

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11-01-2013 02:18 AM  4 years agoPost 3
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I live about thirty miles from Viburnum and that mine is all they have. If it ever shuts down the entire town will die on the vine.

Anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about!

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11-01-2013 02:27 AM  4 years agoPost 4
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Many of the plant's up and down the river on both side's have really been under scrutiny. Same out across the Northern states and the desert from soda ash to boron and dolomite, mineral salt's,gypsum ect.

The processing list of lack of ownership is endless.

It's a pure shame that many have no clue it all -ALL - how it start's from the ground then goes thru processing : Just take the material thing's for granted. WE as a Nation developed every bit of it - " WAR did that " It has been stolen - Their IS absolutely NOTHING - they have ever done on their own.

Now they are buying food processing technologies.

Some of the finest men I ever new - Insist you go home with em for dinner - to meet the Wife and kid's. Mountain Pride Tough +

Just to give a hand or feel for what has happened ----

Ever try to solder to a piece of Kung Foo fine Copper wire ?? or feel it ??

It's some kinda plated steel Crap. Just about - ALL copper that has been refined and processed get's exported -the list of recycle is endless that is out going for us to purchase back

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11-01-2013 03:00 AM  4 years agoPost 5
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Not the end of the world. From the humble 22lr on up.... the lead free do just fine.

I have been moving to slightly lighter bullets to get the higher speeds and higher energy anyway... there are all kinds of variations, frangibles and segmented ones... works great.

The military uses them. Good enough for me.

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11-01-2013 03:18 AM  4 years agoPost 6
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Tin ?? Sn /50 ?? How are you going to get a abundance of TIN ? or Pewter ? a Alloy which is light ? carries no mass / limited impact energy ? No range - or carry ?? Use a home process or a acid chemical process to strip it off the plating of can's ?? or melt down tin toy's ??

What kind of spall or weld or frett doe's it leave in a barrel if it get's stinking hot ?? It's either got to be cheap or expensive in the long run.

Pretty sure every thing will be green any way - Glad I don't mess with it.

Most likley it will all be free anyway - Look for the Ice Cream Trucks

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11-01-2013 05:32 AM  4 years agoPost 7
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I thought that I smelt something was wrong.

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11-01-2013 06:42 AM  4 years agoPost 8
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R Hudson, Booooooo!!!! (OK, yes, I am jealous I didn't think of that one).

http://www.americanrifleman.org/art...d-free-bullets/
10/17/2011
Lead-free bullets are all the rage. This was mostly the result of Barnes modifying its X-Bullets with relief grooves and re-naming them Triple Shocks. Prior to that, the solid copper bullet was literally a hit or miss in the accuracy department. This simple modification made X-Bullets some of the most accurate hunting bullets you could buy. When hunters learned how accurate Triple Shocks were, and how deep they could penetrate, ideas about lead-free bullets began to change.

There's no doubt that some of the unfounded claims about how bullets made with lead can lead to health problems drove some hunters to lead-free (monolithic) bullets, too. But the real reason lead-free bullets have become so popular is because of their performance. To capitalize on the Barnes Triple Shock's success, Hornady, Nosler and Remington have introduced their own lines of lead-free hunting bullets.

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11-01-2013 11:16 AM  4 years agoPost 9
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One of the popular sayings around here is "If it wasn't grown it had to have been mined". If you shut down mining you are left with what grows from the ground our what has already been mined.

Anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about!

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