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Can I borrow a cup of bullets?

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Was hangin' out at a buddies place over the weekend. He was telling us how the turkeys had been gobbling and strutting up a storm right out in his pasture. The conversation went from turkeys in a pasture, to cooking turkeys, to hunting, to firearms and why you can find turkeys, but you can't find any bullets anywhere.

One of the guys said that it was because there was no lead to make them.   What?   I looked into it a bit and found out that the EPA enacted a new lead air quality standard. With that, the last lead smelter shut down in December of 2013. Oddly enough it was a company called Doe Run in Herculaneum, Mo.

Lead bullets are to be fazed out over the next few years for what are called "green" bullets, made with copper. Manufacturerers are supposedly ramping up production.

So, if you're a reloader, do you have to start melting down pennies?

Wait, I'm pretty sure that's illegal.  


 

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