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Posted: 1/19/2011 2:29:44 PM
hi all

looking to make lead shot because it is so freaking costly to order. I have seen some ones out there for 300+ bucks, but wow thats still pricey. Are there any plans that show how to build one?


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Posted: 1/19/2011 2:50:16 PM
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go online to Bing, search 'how to make a shot tower' scroll down about 6 articles, read......post results of research program, complete with testing protocols...........
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Posted: 1/19/2011 2:59:37 PM
Every picture or video of a "shot maker" I've found online shows lead being dripped through an orifice and allowed to drop over a "bridge" before falling into a coolant that helps the shot solidify. This is basically a "shot tower." The process is very old, and while the current day machines look quite complex, it's still the same process. Depending on how the lead is poured, different sized pellets form and cool as they fall. The height is selected to control shot size and allow the pellets to cool sufficiently to remain fairly round when they hit. Any non-mold shot making process is a variation on this basic concept. The cost for these machines comes from the selection of the right materials and production of the parts so that the machine works. It's not a tinkerer's "easy project" by any means.

Perhaps you could buy shot in person and let the shop you buy from handle the rather high shipping costs. I do that with bullets almost all the time, and still manage to afford decent quantities.
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Posted: 1/19/2011 3:32:45 PM
only place around here that sells it is bass pro. those prices are 50 bucks for 25#s. i can order it on midway cheaper than that with shipping included.
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Originally Posted By lojack:
only place around here that sells it is bass pro. those prices are 50 bucks for 25#s. i can order it on midway cheaper than that with shipping included.


Are you a member of a range or gun club? See if you guys can organize a group buy. (That is, a few pallets full.)
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Try to find a used Littleton shot maker first, or even a new one if you're desperate, it will pay for itself if you're faced with $50 bags of shot. You'll need a supply of lead, too, and that is getting to be about as annoying as buying shot.

Then go to www.castboolits.com for a look.

A few years back I stumbled onto a forum with a virtual cult of shot making folks, some were obsessed nutcases.

The simplest version of a home made tool similar to the Littleton uses a flame under the plate, with the lead streaming through bushings into a bucket of ethylene glycol. These machines do not rely on a long drop as used in old time shot towers, if the drop is too long the shot ovalizes or becomes shaped like a tear drop.

Links to Sporting Clays clubs in Florida: http://shooterspages.com/fl_clubs.htm

http://www.claytargetsonline.com/list.php/FL

There are probably similar lists with trap and skeet clubs, but you should be able to find those easy enough with a search.

I think you'll either be able to find a club or course with shot, or a few people that will share a pallet. If you come to the Grand this summer you'll be able to buy shot and primers from Mike Graf for about the best price you'll find anywhere.

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