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Ronson Jay
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No more lead in the pencil

Post by Ronson Jay » Thu Dec 19, 2013 9:38 am

Heads up everyone... This story just broke on last night.
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Green Bullets' Overtaking Lead Thanks to EPA, State Regs, Military
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by AWR Hawkins 19 Dec 2013, 1:48 AM PDT post a comment
Thanks to EPA regulations, state regulations, and military goals, traditional lead ammo is on its way out and "green bullets" are on their way in.

As Breitbart News reported on December 1, EPA regulations led to the closing of the Herculaneam lead smelter in Herculaneum, Missouri, which is expected to push up prices for traditional lead ammo.

On top of this are regulations like the recent statewide lead ammo ban in California. Signed by Governor Jerry Brown (D) on October 11, this ban forces hunters to seek out nontraditional alternatives for their ammunition. In this way, the ban mandates "green bullets" by default.

Moreover, as Fox News reports, the military has set 2018 as its target date to have troops operating lead-ammo-free. "Green bullets" have been under testing at Picatinny Arsenal since 2010, and the Army plans to issue "a lead-free version of the 7.62 mm rounds fired from M-14 rifles... in 2014." The Army already switched to a greener 5.56 mm "enhanced performance round" in 2010.

With the military committing to the switch, the EPA making smelting a tougher business, and governors passing state-level lead ammo bans, experts say "lead bullets will be all but phased out within a few years in favor of so-called green bullets."

Does the new ammo perform as well as the old? That is one question that has yet to be answered.

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Re: No more lead in the pencil

Post by Blackthorn-USA » Thu Dec 19, 2013 9:15 pm

Seems like now is a good time to buy moulds and scrap lead. Even though the smelter in MO didn’t supply lead for bullets currently we are now in a position to be directly affected by import restrictions , taxes, etc on the lead that is brought into the country for bullets. And now we no longer have the option of getting it “locally”. It does seem to be a backdoor attempt at regulating guns and ammo.

As for green bullets, well if they work for the military they will probably work for us. However, I wouldn’t be surprised to see it work out like the lead paint issue. “We” can no longer use lead paint, but the military can. Perhaps we could make bullets from whatever hard headed liberals are made of.
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