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Old 11-15-2013, 08:42 AM   #1
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Default How to clean lead??

I bought a bag of 44mag bullets at the gun show cheap and didn't really look to close at them...
When I got them home I realized all of them look like they where dropped in the dirt or something and have a nice layer of dirt on them! And I'm wondering if I can clean them or does it matter?

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Old 11-15-2013, 10:16 AM   #2
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Wipe it off.

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Try setting them on fire. That usually does the trick for me.
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Wash em with water.
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Is it dirt or lubrication?
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Its the size of the hole & where you put it.
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Many swaged bullets have a moly type lube that can look kind of clumpy and, well, dirty. Post a pic to let us help assess.
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Some are tumbled in micro-fine mica so they don't stick to each other. This is fine to load as-is.
If dirt, you wipe them off with a rag. Or, you melt them all down and cast your own.
Pictures would be nice.

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