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Powder/lead sifter?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by jjv1234, Sep 29, 2009.

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  1. jjv1234

    jjv1234 Member

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    I am new to reloading this summer and have caught myself on a few operator errors. My most common mistake seems to be forgetting to put a wad in the machine before pulling the handle; I maybe do this 2-3 times per 100. Consequently, I have a nice container of powder/lead mixture and would like to salvage this efficiently without picking through the entire mess by hand. Is there a sifter or method that anyone uses to quickly and efficiently sort the lead from powder?

    Thanks.
     
  2. hmb

    hmb Well-Known Member

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    Take a flat board that is about 1 foot square. Elevate one side about 1 inch. Now pour some of the shot powder mixture onto the board. The powder will stay at the top of the board and the shot will roll down the board. Put a tray under the board to catch the shot. HMB
     
  3. Trussman2

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    Your wife most likely has what you need in the kitchen utensil drawer........with a handle even............just don't let her catch you using it!!
     
  4. capvan

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    A common kitchen sifter works remarkably well. They're cheap, so get one for the bench. Will make the wife a lot happier.

    Bruce
     
  5. jjv1234

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    Thanks for the help!!
     
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    If you don't have access to a sifter or don't want to argue with the wife, a couple of minnow nets work. Best regards, Ed
     
  7. short shucker

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    hmb,

    does that method work for anything else? Lol!

    ss
     
  8. Shady Creek

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    Sink strainer from Walmart, kitchen dept., works great........GOOD LUCK
     
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    Precision Reloading sells a separator that works fairly well, better with fine grain powders that large flake ones.
     
  10. phirel

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    HMB gave the simplest method but I would suggest a slight modification. A metal cookie backing pan or even a pizza ban will allow you to tap on the pan and get the shot rolling to one end faster. With a little practice, this method will also help you learn how to pan for gold.

    Pat Ireland
     
  11. Shady Creek

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    Mine works with Green Dot. 3in. black plastic pipe cap from Lowes (the black ones have a flat end) and the wire sink strainer works great....GOOD LUCK
     
  12. 1939 gunner

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    It seems to me you would be better of taking you time. if this does work get yourself a big hammer and but your thumb on your table and give it a hit. your thumb should be killing and this will remind you to put in a wad, when it stops hurting and you still forget a wad repeat.i will bet you anything it want that long to rember to put in wads. have a good day.
     
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