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Reclaim Shot - any good?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by 2barrelpa, Jan 13, 2010.

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  1. 2barrelpa

    2barrelpa TS Member

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    What can you tell me about RECLAIM SHOT?
    Do you use it?
    or Why Not?
     
  2. Unknown1

    Unknown1 Well-Known Member

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    I have 2300 lbs. in my garage. But there are many grades of reclaimed. Just because it's shot doesn't mean it should be shot.

    Much depends on the kind of soil it came from. Some soils will erode shot so that the pellets look like dried apples. That stuff is only fit for recycling. The stuff I got is round, dark,clean and graphited and will shoot every bit as well as new shot.

    It is a mix of the sizes of shot commonly used for trap an it will weigh slightly less per volume than new shot.

    Don't ever buy it sight unseen.

    MK
     
  3. Neil Winston

    Neil Winston Well-Known Member

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    I don't use it because registered trap costs enough already and to throw away birds to "save money" seems like the most ill-planned program I can imagine. If it's registered it's just nuts; if it's "practice" I wonder how losing birds that good shot would break can teach you anything - other than not to shoot reclaimed shot.

    Neil
     
  4. Beni

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    All the reclaimed shot Ive used worked well,my misses were just that,my fault. I wouldnt use on caps but singles and doubles I would just my opinion. Beni
     
  5. rick979

    rick979 Active Member

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    At $20.00 a bag I LOVE reclaimed shot.
     
  6. Unknown1

    Unknown1 Well-Known Member

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    Neil,

    How do you know when to blame a miss on reclaimed shot and when to chalk it up to the trap not having thrown the target where you shot?

    The way I figure it, reclaimed shot has the benefit of experience; since it's still round it probably missed its target the first time. Now that it has seen what to do, it will correct that error next time.

    MK
     
  7. oleolliedawg

    oleolliedawg Banned User Banned TS Supporters

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    I'm with Neil on this one. It certainly doesn't pattern as well as new shot. I'm also not willing to save a few pennies and shoot shoot a few pebbles through a K-80 barrel!!
     
  8. Barry C. Roach

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    too many curve balls.
     
  9. 2barrelpa

    2barrelpa TS Member

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    It looks like I'll stay away from the reclaimed stuff.

    Thanks for the opinions.
    I was afraid no one would have an opinion (LOL)
     
  10. honorable mention

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    I have had some excellant results using reclaimed.
    I have also compared patterns between factory & reclaimed.
    Used the software from Dr Jones as a comparision tool.
    The reclaimed actually produced a better pattern.
    The factory loads were Estates both 7 1/2 & 8.
    One thing I did note was that my 90-T didn't like Estate 7 1/2.
    Warren
     
  11. wolfram

    wolfram Well-Known Member

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    Reclaimed shot is a great way to afford more shooting. Works pretty good up close and not so good way back. I use quite a bit of it for practice with 1 1/8 Oz of the stuff pushed by 20g Green Dot. But like Neil said, bring the new shot on game day.
     
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