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Reclaimed Shot

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Sigraph, Feb 19, 2010.

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  1. Sigraph

    Sigraph TS Member

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    This is a piggy-back from mfgi26's post. I've been reloading for over 20 years, both centerfire and shotshell. I've read a lot about reclaimed shot, but have no idea how the stuff is reclaimed. In a reply on mfgi's post, someone commented on reclaimed shot coming from a lake. I'd like to think the shot was caught in some type of tight mesh in the approx. landing area of a trap or skeet range. If taken from the ground, how is the shot separated from dirt/sand, etc?
     
  2. mgfi26

    mgfi26 TS Member

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    Sigraph,

    From what I've seen (and I think there are several different types of machines) the lead / dirt / sand etc. that is delivered to the reclaiming machine is seperated using centrifugal force. Like I said I've only seen one machine being used and I'm sure there are many different types out there.

    Matt
     
  3. rick979

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    Shot is not trapped in a mesh. The reclaimers use a skidsteer to scrape the top layers of dirt in the shot fall area and load it in a machine that seperates the shot from dirt and debris. Then it is rolled and graphited and bagged for re-sale. I just bought 50 bags that are 26 pounds at $17.50. I can see no reason to use new shot for 16 yards or doubles with the price at $35.00 plus for a 25 pound bag. The last new shot I bought was about a year ago at $26.00/25 pound bag. Rick ~~~~Texas
     
  4. wolfram

    wolfram Well-Known Member

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    The primary cleaning is screening to get rid of the + and - fractions followed by air classification to remove the near size low density material. Final cleaning can include washing but most operations keep the shot dry throughout the process.
     
  5. Almcvey

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    I have loaded lots of it with a mec loader just finished 1,250 rounds. My mec 1 1/8 bar drops just over 1oz by weight. How much oxidation and how clean it is makes a big difference on the weight dropped. I wash all of mine 25# in a 5 gal. bucket with hot water and detergent stir it around a couple of min. and
    put it on something to dry. You will be suprised how much dirt is left in the bucket. Remington 1 1/8 oz wads 17.8 grain red dot. Shells look like new. Shoot well from 16 -20 yds.
     
  6. hmb

    hmb Well-Known Member

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    In Europe they catch their shot in large nets hung from poles in the drop zone. They recover about 96 percent of the shot and reuse it. I think they are alot smarter than we are. HMB
     
  7. Ljutic111

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    I use a lot of reclaimed and never had a problem but today I just weighed my 1 oz load and found I was 22 pellets on the short side . I will rethink the next time I go for the bargain . With new lead I am within 2-4 pellets . I was wondering why I don`t see too much smoke lately . Mind you this was only 1 shell so maybe others have a different outcome .
     
  8. blkcloud

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    well you still have about 320 pellets to smoke the targets with..
     
  9. rick979

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    My one ounce bar drops about .95 ounce of reclaimed. Works great. If you point the gun right you get a puff ball at the target.
     
  10. John Thompson

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    Try this, take a few reclaimed pellets and try and roll them on a flat surface. Most do not roll well which equates to how they will fly. I loaded some reclaimed one time, I chipped my way through 25, went to reloads with new shot and got the ink balls I normally got on 16's. End of experiment
     
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