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    shotmaker build

    i have started building a shot maker all and any advice is welcome.
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    search for ghosthawks thread on making one, it has a lot of good advice and photos of several different ones members have done.

    big problem I see is no drop ramp
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    thank you i have yet to make and weld on the drop ramp.

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    I was thinking of making a ramp and just bolting it to the pan with the drippers. Then I can take it off and adjust if needed. May lose a bit of heat but shouldn't e too bad.

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    i also was thinking of somthing like that but to the side of the pan with some sloted brackets.

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    i ended up tacking the drip ramp on
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    Your pan is pretty deep, if you fill it up to the top with lead I would guess that you will get a steady stream of lead and no drips. Your ramp needs to be the same heat as the pan and I would think of thicker material so it will hold the heat better and not cool off. If the ramp is not hot the lead will stick or cool too fast and the drips will not round up well. Just my two cents. Good luck and keep us up to date with your project!
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    Mic It looks to me like your ramp should be steeper. Guessing, but I'd say between 30 and 45 degrees.

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    thank you for the advice i was not going to fill it up only just enuf to cover the drippers. i can make the ramp thicker but my gas burner will be sitting nice and close to the ramp.
    the ramp is at 28 the pan will be tiped to 12 when in use so that will make a total of 40.

    thank you for your imput.

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    sounds like a plan , let us know how it works

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    im almost done and ready to drop some lead in to it. ill pop up some more photos when i can.

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    hope to see some more on this, good luck

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    a photo of it almost done
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    I ran it today with warm tank water it ran well apart from needing a bigger burner. i used 2kg of lead all up, and id say i got 1.5kg of shot that would be good for reloading.
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    I am thinking of also making another one some time down the track that would be able to make shot all the way up to bb and maybe even #F sized shot.
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BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check