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Old 09-19-2018, 3:23 PM
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Default Health hazards of 22?

Just curious I'm sure it's very un healthy and bad for the lungs. When I go to the indoor range I use dirty and cheap golden buckets of 22. I mess around and go through a few mags of the stuff in quick succession and the smoke produced is so thick I hold my breath and walk away to breath LOL.

Outdoor range this doesnt happen but I'm tempted to wear at least a face mask but I have no never seen anyone else wear one. Curious why not, the smoke comes from the bullet exit not the tip of the barrel so its right in your face if you are looking through the scope of my 15-22.

Anyways it cant be good but how bad is it to breath this stuff?

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Old 09-19-2018, 3:35 PM
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I don't use that dirty crud because it is bad for the health of my guns.

Not sure about human exposure.
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I don't use that dirty crud because it is bad for the health of my guns.

Not sure about human exposure.
Haha actually runs perfect in this gun for some reason. Hardly any failures.

Other guns not so much

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Old 09-19-2018, 4:15 PM
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Haha actually runs perfect in this gun for some reason. Hardly any failures.

Other guns not so much

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It runs OK with my guns as well, but I don’t like to do the extra cleaning that is needed after.
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It runs OK with my guns as well, but I don’t like to do the extra cleaning that is needed after.
What's the cleanest you have been running? The mini mags?

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Old 09-19-2018, 4:32 PM
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What's the cleanest you have been running? The mini mags?

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It's not as bad as being hit by one.
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I think it's a carcinogen and you should send me your ammo stash so I could dispose of it properly.
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FYI when you snork back a nasal chewtoy and it's sweeter than usual, that's lead.
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Biggest reason I don't go to indoor ranges anymore. Atmosphere is disgusting, I cough up powder and bullet residue for hours afterward.

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Biggest reason I don't go to indoor ranges anymore. Atmosphere is disgusting, I cough up powder and bullet residue for hours afterward.

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Go home, put away guns.

Head to nearest brewpub to rinse your throat, purely for medicinal purposes.
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Probably more dangerous to live on a busy street ( https://www.everydayhealth.com/news/...m-your-health/ ) or sit in traffic in a cloud of petrol by products every day (even with the vents closed it still gets in). It's much like second hand smoke, the levels at which many are exposed (passively/infrequently) are much less than other dangers that you are exposed to daily and frequently like car/truck fumes/exhaust and chemicals/pesticides in your food and water. Yet people act like they are dying when they have to smell it in passing. There are bigger things to worry about IMO than infrequent range sessions.
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Anyone ever tried cleaning the golden bullets before using them? Doubt it would make a difference but I have 3 buckets if the stuff to use still lol

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First world problems.

Nobody’s ever happy.....

A couple of years ago, you couldn’t FIND .22 ammo without getting gouged.

Now we’re worried about breathing the fumes generated by all the .22 ammo we shoot?

Jeeez.
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Biggest reason I don't go to indoor ranges anymore. Atmosphere is disgusting, I cough up powder and bullet residue for hours afterward.

Dan
I've been going to Reed's Indoor Range in Santa Clara for years now - their ventilation system is always cranked up and has always been clean. I'm sure every range will be different, but not all indoor ranges are bad.
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The priming compound puts more pollution in air then bullets
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Haha breathing the toxic fumes is bad but not as detrimental to your mental health as not shooting your guns
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Millions upon millions are dieing each year from second hand 22 indoor range smoke.

The Russians are keeping us from finding out the truth but CNN is on it like a hobo on a hotdog!!!!!
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The priming compound puts more pollution in air then bullets

Yep. The priming compound has lead in it. Its vaporized and in the air every time you pull the trigger, and settles on everything. Wash your hands after shooting/handling brass and you will be fine.
My blood/lead level went up when I worked in an indoor range, run by gyppo operators. NO consideration for proper industrial hygiene, and we didn't know any better at the time. Sorting brass with bare hands and eating lunch do not go together at all!
Got out of there and it went down.
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Go to a range with a decent ventilation system (e.g. The Gun Range San Diego) and you won't need to worry.
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If you’re truly concerned, get a heavy metals blood test. Let the Dr know that your hobby puts you around lead (do you fish?). That will give you an indication of your health from any lead exposure.

As for the congestion, it stinks but I’ve never had any real effects from it nor read anything on it yet.
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Millions upon millions are dieing each year from second hand 22 indoor range smoke.

The Russians are keeping us from finding out the truth but CNN is on it like a hobo on a hotdog!!!!!
Thank you!

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Add some gloves and a chemical/biological suit and you are good to go!





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Got to thinking about this some more. Perhaps the Effects of Lead Poisoning may explain a few of the "out-there" posts on Calguns

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3 out of 4...maybe??????
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Dang it I better stop shooting 22.............
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Millions upon millions are dieing each year from second hand 22 indoor range smoke.

The Russians are keeping us from finding out the truth but CNN is on it like a hobo on a hotdog!!!!!
BTW male "reporters" at CNN really love hot dogs, the female "reporters" prefer tacos
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I hear bacon grease rubbed inside your nose will counter act the smoke from a .22. Sorta like activated charcoal.
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It's not just you, it's the 10 or more that are dumping crap into the air. I go off hours when the range is empty. Then the air is very clean inside.
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Just curious I'm sure it's very un healthy and bad for the lungs. When I go to the indoor range I use dirty and cheap golden buckets of 22. I mess around and go through a few mags of the stuff in quick succession and the smoke produced is so thick I hold my breath and walk away to breath LOL.

Outdoor range this doesnt happen but I'm tempted to wear at least a face mask but I have no never seen anyone else wear one. Curious why not, the smoke comes from the bullet exit not the tip of the barrel so its right in your face if you are looking through the scope of my 15-22.

Anyways it cant be good but how bad is it to breath this stuff?

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the smoke comes from the bullet exit not the tip of the barrel so its right in your face
Well I'd be a bit concerned about the bullet exiting next to your face, the bullet is supposed to come out of the muzzle end of the barrel. You may want to get that gun checked out, and I feel real sorry for anyone shooting to your right.
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Wear your full face respirator at the range like the photo above.

What better way to find out if your respirator gets in the way of shooting a rifle?

And the people in the lanes next to you will leave. So there's that benefit too.
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Sometimes the ventilation systems aren't turned on or working. That's when I notice it. I'll ask them if it gets thick.
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