Are lead based bullets going extinct?

breakingcontact

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http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/12/1...-regulations-bans-force-switch-to-green-ammo/

I know this has been discussed here but what are the implications?

Recycled lead? Or are we going to have to pay more for non lead bullets? With metal prices high, how much more will ammo cost? Will foreign lead ammo no longer be allowed to be imported?
 

dustycorgill

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EPA....pfft. Should be dismantled. Bunch of tree hugging, global warming little bitches. Sorry, just what I think about them. They basically closed my familys Body Shop business of 50 years because of all their stupid ass regulations.
 

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shortround

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Nor has a solid copper alloy been used to mint one cent coins since 1982. Today, it is nothing but a zinc alloy with a microscopic coating of copper.

Take a new one cent piece scratch it with a knife, put it in a plastic container and cover with ordinary kitchen vinegar.

Great way to teach your kids how our worthless money dissolves under very little stress. Do the same with a copper coin, and it goes in dull and comes out shiny!
 

Moonpie

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I believe that in the long term lead will become very difficult to obtain.
So lead bullets will become much more expensive. Heck ALL bullets will become extremely expensive.
Its all part of the plan. Make it so prohibitively expensive to shoot many will just give up the hassle.
Buy now.
 

breakingcontact

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I believe that in the long term lead will become very difficult to obtain.
So lead bullets will become much more expensive. Heck ALL bullets will become extremely expensive.
Its all part of the plan. Make it so prohibitively expensive to shoot many will just give up the hassle.
Buy now.
I suppose im looking for information about what is likely to happen. I just looked up the price of lead. Was 20-30 cents per pound in 1990s. From 40-160 per pound in 2000s. Between 80-120 per pound since 2010. If this smelter is closing, is mining being affected or will lead just be sent overseas or Mexico to be refined and brought back in?
 

Shooter McGavin

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If lead goes away completely rest assured it will be replaced with another material. Less lead does not mean less bullets, ammo prices have, are, and will continue to increase no matter what they're made of.
 

Southpaw

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Maybe I have too much faith in capitalism, but I am thinking they will come up or already have a viable option in case of an outright ban type event. The fact that the military is converting over says this isn't taking the ammo manufacturer's by surprise.
Also, the price can only go up so much before the product becomes out of reach of the majority of it's customers and I just don't see them putting themselves out of business due to that.

But looking forward, I would say it would be prudent to by now while prices have pretty much bottomed out and keep a cache of an amount that suits you for a rainy day and not for range/training/hunting use.
I'm not saying you should go take out a second mortgage and go in debt and raid every WM and Academy, but if you can, take advantage now by buying a little every few days or a few hundred in bulk once a month or two. Designate half of it for the stash and the rest to shoot and in no time you will have a decent cache of ammo just in case times are hard sometime down the road.
 
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