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Shot maker finally done with pics

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  1. himark

    himark Well-Known Member

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    Well we finally have got the system going well and made 300# so far (that is good) we have made more and melted it for several attempts. I will say to whom ever is wanting to do this patcience is mandantory but once going well it is a good experience. Anyway here are the pics and thanks to all that helped advise us.
     
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    <img src=http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r320/himark900/shot2.jpg>
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    Here is the drying bed, it holds 60#'s and dries it in 20 minutes without heat. It than tips up to fill buckets on the one end.

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    We used one of those Harbor Freight mixers for the sorting and graphiting. It works very well with one of those Walmart trash cans as a sorter. We did have to buy a couple of them as one varys from the next to get the right size of screen. We also just made a wood plug for the center so no trap door was needed.
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    Yeah Baby!!! Love to see this stuff!!!! Man I got to get a garage built!!!
     
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    himark i could not turn down 2000 lbs ww so i am back making shot. i am working on a continious running shot maker also. do you have any pictures of the inside and bottom of your cooling tank. also the inside of the big trash dumster? what size hole is in the drain and what do you do if you get a gob of lead and stop up the hole? what angle of how much fall to a foot is your screen that the shot rolls down?
     
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    I will get a pic of it and post it. The angle was sufficient to run shot dry but trickles slowly down the ramp and when it piles up just take a large spoon and push it down. This was not how we had planned it but ended up being a better deal. This allows you to remove your catch basket clean the shot and spread it out on the drying bed and by the time you are done you still have not lost any shot. Just return basket and push shot down. Kinda inadvertantly worked as a shut off. I will measure the drop per inch and post it so you can decide. As for the hole in tank we started with a 5/16 hole and ended up at a 3/8. Occassionally lead will get plugged in the hole but with a rod it opens right back up. The actual tank we built and it holds 26 gallon so it never gets hot. (this could be to cool in fact)?? I will post some more pics.
     
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    Any plans on offering us a lead for shot trade? Don
     
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    Himark:
    How long ago did you purchase one of Mr. Stewarts Double Bowl machines and also what state do you live in? Your setup looks really good and I would like to know how long it took you to engineer and build your setup. Looks like you really put alot of thought into it.
     
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    I purchased his machine back in July of last year and I live in Nebraska. I friend at work that shoots with me and I have been stewing about how to build this thing since then and collecting lead in the mean time. Thanks to all the discussions here is what got us on the right track. I know if we had to build one again it would be in 1/4 of the time. We actually did have plans for the setup drawn up so will try and scan and post for all that want to use any of the ideas.
     
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    What causes your ramps where the shot drops out of the heaters to be that color?
    Sure does not look like soap stone to me.....
     
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    zondsix, Jims Red Stuff. A red grease with some additives. 10Tenner
     
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    It is the Jims red stuff. Not sure if it or chalk works better. I would like to say that through all this I have never seen any shotmakers actually post pics of there finished product. (good close ups) I plan on running 5-600#s in the near future and when I do I will document the best I think it can do so for all that are thinking about doing this will have a comprenhensive understanding of what to expect.
     
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