Jay, with well over a third of all lead smelted each year being consumed in the battery building industries, that leaves precious little for anything else. Remember this as well, China has been consuming the worlds resources like a plague of locusts, so I would bet a silver nickel they have their fingers in the lead pot as well. I know for a fact that Trademark Metals sends over half of their recovered copper to China for reprocessing. That's a hell of a lot of metal going to a single entity, so imagine how much total metal simply leaves our shores because the best prices are obtained abroad, where it isn't fucking illegal to smelt and process it?just saw this on SHTF:
Not an issue. Very little US smelted lead was used in ammo production. Anyway, the US recycles more than 150,000 metric tons of lead every year. US ammo production uses 62,000 metric tones of lead a year. The recycling plants are still working.
Solid lead isn't dangerous to store, just like swallowing a lead pellet from game won't hurt you. It's when it's from a liquid or vapor form and is inhaled, ingested or absorbed into the skin in those forms that it's dangerous. My local game and fish did a study a few years back and found that hunters actually had LOWER levels of lead in their systems VS. the general population. So eating game that has been shot with lead, and reloading with lead components isn't going to be a problem. I only reload rifle/pistol, but I've known guys that have kept bags and bags of lead shot in their reloading rooms for years with no problems. My dad kept a few smaller bags in our gun room when I was growing up for loading up snake loads for his 41 & 44 mag and that never caused problems either.I am no expert on lead, but it seems like it is being treated more and more as a toxic and dangerous chemical contaminant. California is completely hysterical about lead and has now banned it in all ammunition. I would be concerned that you could accumulate a holding of the stuff, only to find the "government" making it so difficult to store (i.e. EPA toxic rules etc.) that you end up with new unexpected costs. There are a whole bunch of property owners around the country that used to have dry cleaning businesses as tenants and the clean up costs killed them. Same problem with gas stations, and asbestos in floor tiles, and the list keeps growing. Suddenly a new law is enacted and the stuff you've got is now considered dangerous, and you get the bill. Just a thought.