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Thread: Anyone harvest reclaimed shot?

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    Boolit Buddy Faret's Avatar
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    Jan 2009
    South Central Wisconsin
    Thought everyone had one from 2000? LOL I have 2 question is would it work?

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    Boolit Buddy
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    My uncle used collect shot to reuse, used an old vacuum cleaner motor and hose to blow the dirt away. Red ants tend to collect shot in the mounds around their holes. Dad says he worked a few ant hills to exhaustion.

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    Boolit Master

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    Anchorage, AK
    This is my idea but alittle rough since I'm writing this from a phone and my peepers are at work.

    I'm kinda thinking some type of pvc pipe that is verticle with a y about a third of the way way down the length of pipe hooked up to a shop vac. To control the amount of suction, drill some holes in the vacuum pipe About a foot off the main down pipe. To control the feed rate, a hvy duty round one gallon container hooked up to some type of valve to control the rate of feed for the dirty shot.

    The idea is to screen the shot through a frame with some 1/8" hardwire screen/mesh to remove vegetation and rocks. Then feed the dirty shot and 1/8" - debris through the hopper. The shot being denser (heavier) by size than the dirt or whatever will drop straight down the airstream in the vertical pipe. The debris will get sucked up through the vacuum line to the shop vac.

    The trick is going to be to get the right balance right size of pipes so you have enough airflow to wash the dirt and debris from the shot without reducing the flow of air from the shop vac.

    Another idea is to remove the shop vac filter and add some piping inside the shop vac to make a water filter like a rainbow vacuum.

    Alright, I laid out the ideas, now it is up to all you retired folks, kitchen table engineers and tinkers to do the R&D.

    I have done something like this before to airwask #9 trap rock that was really dusty the we were through ing in as aggregate non-skid is a traffic outing on a garage ramp. The output of our device was slow because we used 2" pipe and had to drill a ton of holes in the vac line for make up air for the hepa vac so we wouldn't suck up the shot. I think if we had a 3-6" option for our main downpipe we could have moved more CFM of air through the pipe without neutralizing the gravity of the trap rock. Lead shot being denser than the rock is an ideal way to clean it.

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    Boolit Buddy
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    I'm going to be honest with you all about the small rocks that are the same size as #8 shot. I'd load them right in with the lead shot.

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    Boolit Grand Master

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    I've never reclaimed shot but I have melted some. It was probably the hardest and most labor intensive stuff that I have melted. A lot of the shot had a "shell" around it from oxidation and maybe hardened graphite and I had to stir the half melted shot and try to crush that shell against the side of the pot. This was salvaged off of a WW2 airfield sometime during or shortly after WW2.

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    Southern France by way of Interior Bush Alaska
    When salvaging range scrap, let the really fine stuff go. The bigger chunks yield much more lead per the amount propane to melt down and will normally have less impurities.

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    Boolit Buddy
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    Most trap/skeet/SC ranges limit shot size to 7.5/8 & 9
    So that's what you find in the reclaimed shot you pick up.
    Yes you do get some big stuff from the few who skate the rules, but that stuff doesn't make it thru the home-made window screen sifter.
    Steel shot which is usually present as well is dragged out easily with a magnet pulled thru the stuff repeatedly.

    I use the cleaned reclaimed shot as a mix of the varoius shot sizes for Skeet and SC.
    Works just fine. I'm just shooting for fun. I break just as many targets as with the good stuff.
    So if I can get it and at the right price even if I have to put some time into screening and washing, that's fine with me.

    I shoot all vintage shotguns,,pre-WW2, some pre-WW1.
    None show any damage from it's use in the last 30+yrs. I load it the same as I would new shot when I can get it.

    Using it for melting down for cartridge bullet casting or M/L RB casting,,I don't know.
    They tell me it's too hard. But I have plenty of scrap lead for those projects anyway not to waste good 'shot' on melting it away to make bullets.
    It's easy to cast bullets and RB's. Not so easy to make your own shot though some do.
    I don't want to get into another project and set-up like that. Too many things going on now.

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    Ojai CA
    I have been looking at doing this at our range on a small scale at night because the Forest Service won't let us mine our range which has been there since before WW2!! There is literally tons of shot there.

    I am thinking a small Trommel made of 4-6" ABS Pipe about 4Ft long rolling on small casters tilted at about a 5-10 degree down slope with a small battery operated yard blower blowing thru it to blow the dirt out. Battery Operated Drill Motor to turn the tube. Air is blown back up the tube while it is turning slowly. Shot is pre screened to remove the big stuff so only fine dirt, shot and dust that will blow easily will be left.

    This whole thing has got to be super portable so that all extra that is needed is a shovel and some small buckets ( maybe Plastic Nut jars or Pretzel jugs) to carry the shot.

    I have to cogitate more on this before I jump in. My goal would be to capture about 100-150 lbs. of shot per trip. for my own use.

    "It's not how well you do what you know how to do,,,It's how well you do what you DON'T know how to do!"

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    Switzerland of Ohio
    Think about how the ancients used to winnow grain in a crosswind.
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