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My shotmaker setup

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by blkcloud, Dec 10, 2009.

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  1. blkcloud

    blkcloud Active Member

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    Someone had a shotmaker thread on here, I somehow cant find it..
    anyway here is a pic of my setup, I have some double drippers and my lead ran out faster than the ladel would melt it, I put my lee pot above it and just open the handle when ever it gets low..works like a charm!
     
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    Nice set up. Looks like fun.

    Pat Ireland
     
  4. BigDave1200

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    I am interested in how that process works. I've cast my own bullets for pistol shooting over the last 20 years. It looks like with some additional equipment, I could be making my own shot.
     
  5. mt92

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    Looks great, what brand of shotmaker is that with double dripper? Also what model is the lee pot you have pictured?
    Thanks
    Mike
     
  6. Jollytrapshooter

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    Here's my set up:<br><br>
    [​IMG]<br><br>Haven't been making shot lately, but this works quite well. Never had the problem of it not keeping up with my double drippers though. Have fun. Josh
     
  7. Jim101

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    Video is not very good, But here's mine. Setup to run continously I can run 500 lbs a day of finished ready to load shot. Jim


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  8. kolartarget

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    please excuse my ignorance. I under stand the ingots in the pan,and that it has to be cooled after it is melted. The thing I dont understand is why you have to use antifreeze it just seems like that would be really messy. Also what is the hose for at the top of picture number two and the box it is running to. I was thinking about doing this but looks like alott of work and really messy. I do have a reliable source of lead but it may be to soft, from my understanding it has to have a certain percentage of antimony in it. Is this true or not thanks for any and all information in regards to this.
     
  9. blkcloud

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    Mine is a 110 volt Littleton, The lee iirc is just what is called a production pot, double dripper... each little hex head you see on the front above the lip has a small hole.. about.021 drilled into it that the lead drips out of, I drilled a extra hole into the hex to allow twice the shot to drip out, hence double dripper
     
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    The anitfreeze is messy, so is diesel fuel, flame retardent oil, and the solibule oil I use, but is almost necessary to a have a fluid like that to make the shot come out pretty round, one guy has good luck with plain ole water but I tried it and didnt have much luck, I think the hose your speaking of is just a overflow hose going into the ammo can, I dont beleive his is set up to recirculate but I may be wrong.
     
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    Blkcloud, If you will get a 220 volt 1500 watt heating element it will cure your heat problem with the double drippers.




    Jim
     
  12. Jollytrapshooter

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    Actually, mine is set up to recirculate, you just can't see the hose where the anti-freeze comes in the tank at the back.

    You have to use anti-freeze or anything else mentioned above because water causes the shot to "popcorn" when it hits it. I've seen a video of someone that used water, about half of his shot was good, the rest had to be remelted and put through the shotmaker again. After I ran about a hundred pounds worth of lead through mine, I had little to no mess ups, just good round shot. I wouldn't say it was a whole lot of work, but it does take a bit to get everything up and going. Josh
     
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    jollyt, is that pure anti-freeze or what mix?
     
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    How do you separate the good from the bad?
    The old time shotmakers rolled the shot down an inclined sheet of glass.
     
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    I would like to see one of you creative shotmakers provide a drawing and list of parts that make up one of these systems. I think some of them are great, very inovated. But, it seems everyone is reinventing the wheel everytime a system is shown. For us dummies that can't design anything, how about showing us how to make one up.
     
  16. blkcloud

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    410er here is a link that will make your eyes bleed.. 650 post about shotmaking
    enjoy!
    http://www.shotgunworld.com/bbs/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=15776
     
  17. Jollytrapshooter

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    3200, We originally started out with pure anti-freeze but found it made out of round shot. So we looked up our problem and found most people solved it with just a little bit of laundry detergent. So, we added about 2 cups worth of detergent and the problem was solved. Hope this helps, Josh.
     
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    Here is the setup we use at work..


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  19. blkcloud

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    very nice! how far of a drop do u have from the lip to the coolant? it looks like a inch or more..thanks!
     
  20. darr

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    Crop oil works well for a coolant as well.It is nontoxic and is emulsifiable so it cleans up well.Just lay it out and squirt it off on a tarp in the yard.It leaves a little film of lube on it.It is not that expensive either.

    Darr
     
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