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.
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.