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Reclaimed Shot Problem

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Quailtail, Sep 8, 2012.

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  1. Quailtail

    Quailtail Member

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    I bought 200lbs of reclaimed shot and I am having a problem with it hanging up in the drop tube of my MEC 9000. I bought some graphite but do not know the best way to get the shot coated so it will feed through the loader.

    Comments, suggestions would be appreciated.
     
  2. abo

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    Mix it half and half and it should run thru ok. Roy
     
  3. lightning20ga

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    Your freind, the guy abo, is wrong.

    Mix about 1 table spoon per 25 lbs, and that might be too much.

    Try 25 lbs at a time in anything you can mix it with; cement mixer. Small electric one is perfect.

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  4. abo

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    You can also cut the drop tube off about 1/2 inch, so its sraight thru. Roy
     
  5. federal paper

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    I think abo meant mix it 50/50 with new shot not with graphite. Boy youd never get that mess cleaned up.
     
  6. ninjak

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    hello u need a mec part number 8436 it is a straight thru shot tube.
    if u look at the 1 u have now it is smaller at the bottom than the top.
    i have 6 mecs and i replaced all the shot tubes with that number.
    I have had no problems since replaced they all can drop any size shot
    clean or reclaimed

    AL
     
  7. Bertmuss

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    I put shot in my vibrating brass polisher, slicks it up pretty good. Takes 30-60 minutes, depending on how rough it is.
     
  8. revbook

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    I used 1/4 teaspoon of graphite to 25 lbs. of shot and I probably used too much!

    Don in PA
     
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    N injak: Would that be the Steel Shot Tube for simplification?
     
  10. abo

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    Yes I meant half and half with new shot and it will go though just fine, Roy
     
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    I use 1/8 tsp per 25lbs. Works fine............ Larry
     
  12. ninjak

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    Dave yes that is it put that in and u will never have a problem again :)


    al
     
  13. Johnny

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    What does this reclaimed shot look like? It is probably oxidized, brownish looking stuff? Stir it in a bucket of muriatic acid and a little water. Then rinse and graphite.

    Bertmuss , I have tried that, made a horrible mess in my Dillon vibrator and still hung in the loader.
     
  14. Shooting Jack

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    I made the mistake of putting two tablespoons of graphite in 25 pounds each in my cement mixer and boy what a mess I created. LOL The hulls turned black after firing, everything gets dirty, especially my hands. But they did not hang in the reloader but I never had that problem anyway. Jackie B.
     
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    With my home made shot I put 25 LB of shot in a 50cal box and 1tbs of graphite and keep turning it over and over end to end. I do it till I'm to tired to do it any more. I have now bought off Craigslist a cement mixer. Its a small mixer like the one Lowe's sells. Its a plastic barrel 3 point stand with wheels. New about $300.00 or less and I got mine for $30.00 used.
     
  16. Trap2

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    If you want to replace your shot drop tube with a straight thru one, a small piece of 1/2" nominal copper (5/8"OD) tubing is the perfect size for the MEC. Just cut it to size, put it in, and start reloading. I have them on all my MEC's and never a problem with shot bridging... Dan Thome (Trap2)
     
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    I had good results adding about 1/2 teaspoon of large flake grapite plus a handful of corn cobb polishing media to about 12 Lb reclaim shot then running that in a vibratory case cleaner for about two hours. - the shot came out looking like new other than it wasn't exactly round. This did solve the bridging problem through my Pacific 366 loader - the straight tube for your MEC might also do the trick with a lot less work.
     
  18. Johnny

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    I have limited experience with reclaimed but there is bound to be a big difference in the amount of oxidation depending upon the environment of the source and how long it was on the ground. I vibrated some like Wolfram and it still hung up in my PW. I soaked mine in acid and is still not completely clean but no longer hangs up. I will never buy more unless it is shiny lead. Mine was run through a cement mixer before I bought it, a joke.
     
  19. Matt Colman

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    When i worked at the old Beeline gun club in AZ back in the 70s i reclaimed all the shot and loaded all the reloads to sell.

    We never had a problem with shot in the shot tube and never had any complaints. 1 teaspon for 100 - 150 pounds of shot for about an hour in a mixer and will flow as good as new shot.

    Why would you buy shot that was not finished?

    Matt
     
  20. Johnny

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    Matt, Your shot was probably not coated with oxidation at all. Oxidized shot will look like creek gravel and be just as slick , no amount of graphite will help.
     
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