Steve Johnson
The Firearms Blog
October 30, 2013

The lead smelter closing down.  Credit: Kbh3rd via Wikimedia
The lead smelter closing down. Credit: Kbh3rd via Wikimedia

Suddenly the US Army’s obsession with lead-free ammunition makes perfect sense, it was about security not the environment. A reader writes …

The last remaining lead smelter, in Herculaneum MO, is closing down. This will undoubtedly affect the price of lead, since the lead that is mined in Viburnum MO will now be sent out of the US for smelting.

Missouri’s Lead Belt has been the primary source of lead for the US since 1700.

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