Rubber Gloves

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BigMan54 posted this 13 March 2018

How many of you are wearing rubber (nitrite 5mil) gloves when casting, reloading or handling lead in any way ?

I put a pair on before I start doing anything to do with guns, reloading, casting, bullet sizing/lubing,  gun cleaning, even at the range. Carry them in a pocket of my shop apron. Wear them under my welding gloves when casting. Even when culling/sorting bullets.

Long time Caster/Reloader, Getting back into it after almost 10yrs. Life Member NRA 40+yrs, Life S.A.S.S. #375. Does this mean a description of me as a fumble-fingered knuckle-draggin' baboon. I also drool in my sleep. I firmly believe that true happiness is a warm gun.

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MarkinEllensburg posted this 13 March 2018

I do when lubing and sizing.

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Wineman posted this 13 March 2018

I usually wear them when I do something with cleaning chemicals or liquid Alox lube. My skin oils make guns rust if I even think about picking one up, so when handling, cleaning, fondling etc. I wear them. If I am loading I like the feel without gloves. I always wash my hands after handling lead. Its not Mercury you know (it sure was fun as a kid to play with it in your hands). Hey better safe than sorry. My wife works for a place that uses Medical spec nitrile gloves and cleaning cloths that make the most expensive cleaning patches look like woven palm fronds. They throw them away by the bushel load. I get all the gloves and with a rotary cutter and sewing board, the greatest cleaning patches you can ask for.

Dave

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RicinYakima posted this 13 March 2018

I never where them unless rust blueing, or dealing with other strong acids or bases.

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onondaga posted this 13 March 2018

I wear one leather glove when I cast for heat protection. When I flintknapp, I wear level 5 cut resistance gloves as that is a blood-sport. When I use mild acid to remove tarnish or even CLR, I will wear rubber gloves.

I began casting lead balls at 7 years old in 1957 for my first flintlock and am a lifelong caster. I only soap/water wash after handling lead as I learned as a child. My blood level for lead checked healthy less than 2 years ago and is not remarkable at all.

It was actually global socialists on the internet that scared me into getting tested for lead level. I believe I was propagandized by the California anti-gun pagans on the internet..

Gary

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TRKakaCatWhisperer posted this 13 March 2018

Leather gloves.  Wash hands after casting and shooting.   Tested for lead every couple of years = very LOW levels.

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Ken Campbell Iowa posted this 13 March 2018

soap ....

my wife is into making soap .... gramma's lye soap ... me farm boy grew up with that  stuff ... cleans everything :| skin. clothes. and the dog,  ... heals wounds, kills lice, ...and one bar lasts forever ...

it is the period correct soap to remove casting residue ; even better if gramma makes it ..

ken, wallowing in nostalgia

 

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BigMan54 posted this 13 March 2018

I use them now because my hands don't work as well as they used to. I started wearing them about  25+yrs ago when shooting because in the very dry summer climate of inland SoCal my finger tips would dry out, then crack and bleed. Just started happening, part of the aging process I guess. 

And I discovered they made picking up a .32-80gr RN bullet to stick in .32 short & wimpy case a lot easier. I was buying a lot of BEAR CREEK Moly coated bullets back then. It was hard as heck to keep up with loading .32's & .38's for the kids and .44's & .45's for me. Plus 12 & 20 gauge too. I could only cast so many, plus work, honey do's and Family time. The kid's & I were shooting about 3 times a month, plus one evening a week at the indoor pistol range. Moly was dirty to handle but available at the ranges by at least one Cowboy Shooter.

I just got used to wearing the gloves when doing any "gun chores".   

Long time Caster/Reloader, Getting back into it after almost 10yrs. Life Member NRA 40+yrs, Life S.A.S.S. #375. Does this mean a description of me as a fumble-fingered knuckle-draggin' baboon. I also drool in my sleep. I firmly believe that true happiness is a warm gun.

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BudHyett posted this 13 March 2018

I have been hospitalized for 24 days with second and third degree burns on body, arms and hands. That makes me extra careful. From this event, I have an allergy to soap. This allergy means I must first wash my hand in a strong abrasive soap such as Boraxo, then wash Boraxo off with a strong soap, then wash the strong soap off with oatmeal soap. To save time cleaning up, I have adopted two types of gloves.. 

I wear cloth gloves when casting, Brown Jersey cloth gloves, to protect skin and shelter the skin from heat. I will not wear any synthetic material gloves when casting as I fear the plastic melting and holding heat that will cause a severe burn. 

For sorting bullets and handling bullets while lubricating, I wear thin goatskin gloves, They are supple and provide protection from dirt and heat. They last a long time which helps mitigate the expense. 

 

Country boy from Illinois, living in the Magical Pacific Northwest

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John Carlson posted this 14 March 2018

I wear leather gloves when casting for heat protection.  I wear nitrile gloves when handling bullets, not from fear of lead poisoning, I suspect the lube is more of a health hazard, just anal I guess.

Holding public office should be viewed as an obligation to serve, not an opportunity to rule.

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OU812 posted this 14 March 2018

I never wear rubber gloves and now worry that I never did. Your skin will absorb most any chemical which is not good.

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RicinYakima posted this 14 March 2018

Oh, I don't know; I like ethanol and olive oil.

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Westhoff posted this 14 March 2018

I wear rubber gloves when cleaning guns or messing with other chemical kinds of stuff that stink up my hands otherwise.  When casting I wear leather Firemen's Gloves.  You can buy them with either short leather gauntlet cuffs or with stretchy cloth wrists   Greatest thing i ever discovered.  They cost a little more than regular leather gloves, but they last darn near forever, (I'm on my second pair in 20 some years) AND YOU CAN HOLD A HOT MOLD IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND WITHOUT GETTING BURNT!!  I usually have to buy them online; the outfit where I used to buy.them finally went out of business.  But they're the ONLY kind of gloves I'll wear when I'm casting!  Next gloves you buy for casting, try 'em.  I'll bet you become a convert, too.   

Wes

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Brodie posted this 14 March 2018

I wear leather gloves (welding gauntlets) while casting as well as long sleeves and an apron.  I don't wear nitrile or rubber gloves while handling lead; I wash my hands instead.  Works very well.

The worst I have ever been burned was while chipping the flux off a weld in class and having the chip jump up and come down my gauntlet and stick to my wrist.   And I mean it stuck!

 

B.E.Brickey

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John Carlson posted this 15 March 2018

angryBeen there, done that!angry

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M3 Mitch posted this 23 March 2018

I generally wear some sort of leather work gloves when casting, I would avoid any sort of synthetic that might melt.

More important in my mind is good eye/face protection.  I ought to break down and get a leather apron.

Needless to say, wear some sort of boot, and have your pants outside, not tucked into the top of the boot.

When handling cold bullets, etc, I just wash my hands after doing that and before eating. 

Dressing so you can survive, at least, a lead pot "eruption" and ideally with a face shield so you would hardly be hurt.

How did that guy from Hills Street Blues put it?  "Be careful out there!"

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