hey guys, i was thinking to try to cast some lead ammo and i have everything ready but there is one thing: my mom(i'm 13 so...) thinks you can get poisoned by the smoke that comes of and since i don't want to get poisoned i want to make sure i cant.
so can i get poisoned and if so, do i have to wear a mask or something????
People who reload bullets and cast musket balls usually do so on a large scale, hundreds at a time, this makes it more worthwile. Having a well ventilated area will keep the harmful vapors away. There are also groups involved in miniatures casting, whether for fantasy role playing/tactial board games or simply for collecting, they also cast in lead, Ventilation is the key, doing it outside would be best, but then it's harder to control temperatures, a well ventilated are would be sufficient for casting slingshot ammo at the hobby level.
You can melt lead on a bunson burner in a soup pot, it has a very low melting temp. This makes it easier to set up a small outdoor molding station. If you ar outdoors, i wouldn't worry too much about fumes. I will say, search for "making slingshot ammo" on youtube and follow your sidebar, and of course, please don't do any of this without adult supervision. (hate to be that guy, but lead tends to solidify fast when poured on another surface "like you're hand", just be careful.
Lead toxicity is one of those things that's gotten overdone these days to the point of being ridiculous. Yes, it is toxic in large amounts and over many years, but a few basic precautions essentially eliminate the risks. As has been said, when casting lead, try to do so outdoors or in a well ventilated indoor area (set a fan up in an open window and have it blowing toward the outdoors and do your casting on a table set up close to the fan). After handling lead, wash your hands with soap and water. Do those things and you'll be fine. No worries.
Of course, your parent gets the final say, but along the lines of what Karok was saying, you might try having her read some stuff online about lead casting. That might ease her mind a bit.
Lead toxicity is one of those things that's gotten overdone these days to the point of being ridiculous. Yes, it is toxic in large amounts and over many years, but a few basic precautions essentially eliminate the risks.
This is an old thread, but it's an important topic so I'll bump it.
I have to disagree with the statement above. Quite apart from the effects on humans of using, handling and smelting lead, there is also the effect on wildlife when you leave lead ammo lying around outdoors.
This is a very topical issue at the moment, with states in the US moving to ban the use of lead in ammunition. For instance, California has prohibited the use of lead hunting ammunition, with a phase-out date of July 2019 (more info here).
I am a fan of steel ball bearings (which simply rust away if left in the wilderness) or clay ammo (cheap!)