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Shot Makers--Graphiting--Here's how

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Jim Porter, Aug 25, 2011.

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  1. Jim Porter

    Jim Porter Well-Known Member

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    Shot Makers--Graphiting--Here

    I have tried several ways to graphite, case polishers, cement mixers, etc. and have found a way that SMOKES! A contract painter friend of mine found a used paint shaker ($100). It's the kind Lowes has under the counter and holds one gal cans only. Through trial and error here is what we came up with.

    Have three one gal cans and lids. Put 6# of shot (make a dipper from a soda can) and put 1/2 T spoon of graphite in it. Put the can in the mixer for 45 seconds. Put 100# of shot in a dish pan and pour the 6# over the top. Stir with a big kitchen spoon. Take 6# of this mixed shot at a time and shate it for 45 seconds and it comes out with no dimples and looks like it has been black chromed! It will be warm to the touch. 6# does not sound like a lot but each time you remove a can set one in and set the timer. Unload the shaken shot into the finished container and re-fill with another 6#. It will keep you busy for sure!

    In the viberator I was getting 25# in 45 minutes and it did not look nearly as good as this. 6# every 45 seconds adds up very quickly!
     
  2. Jim101

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    Sounds interesting, But I can do 300 lbs in 45 minutes in my cement mixer.





    Jim
     
  3. Jim Porter

    Jim Porter Well-Known Member

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    I did too but it is not as "slick and shiny" and did not remove the dimples.
    Besides, this gave me a reason to spend another $100 bucks!
    Jim
     
  4. pigeon101

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    we are you guys getting your graphite from? I started making shot about a year ago. Need to find graphite and something to tumble it in.

    Thanks Jason.
     
  5. 320090T

    320090T Well-Known Member

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    I bought a big jug of it from my local farm supply. $14 for a gallon jug.
     
  6. Jim101

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    Get mine from the John Deere store.


    Jim
     
  7. shot410ga

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    So, what does the device do, pound out the dimples? Wear out the dimples? smooth out the dimples? Make the shot more round? Where do the dimples go?
     
  8. Roc'n C

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    Go to your Napa store , a little bottle of it has lasted me all year of shot making
    Chuck
     
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    http://www.ebay.com/itm/200539515711?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649


    Got mine off Ebay and if I could find a paint mixer I would try it,if I could justify a cement mixer I would have 1 but an old case tumbler for 10 minutes is plenty and can take care in no time.

    BUT man what an idea.


    Jerry Lewis
     
  10. Bruce Em

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    bet it would shine up reclaimed too !

    Might even make it worth shooting.
     
  11. Ajax

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    Help me understand where the dimples go also? Does the graphite fill in the holes? I have alway found if I have dimple going in, I have dimples coming out? What am I doing wrong?

    Ajax
     
  12. BILL GRILL

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    Graphite is not going to make the dimples go away. If you have not handled it before it's like powdered water. All I ever did was sprinkle it on top of a pail of shot , pick it up and drop it. End of story all the shot in pail was covered. Bill
     
  13. Jim Porter

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    In reply to where the dimples go--The paint mixer slams the shot together so hard and fast that it will be warm to the touch after just 45 seconds. The dimples are worn away. I'm telling you, I have tried everything and I have not seen anything come close to this. The shot looks polished and then buffed. They literally sparkle! You can rub it in your hand and there is almost no graphite transfer from the shot.

    I tried a mixer and for my thinking found it slow. Shot to suit me took 25# for 45 minutes. I also use the mixer to sort shot and wash hulls and I did not like the graphite residue getting on everything else I use the mixer for. I used a big Dillon viberator and again it was 25# for 30 minutes. I know that you can tumble more for less time and be satisfied and that is OK by me. But the shot will look "dusty or dull" and will not run well through a PW or Grand, a MEC seems OK. I get graphite from John Deere dealership at about $5.00 a quart. At 1/2 t-spoon for 100# it should last a looooooong time!

    Why are there dimples there to start with?? Heck I don't know but they are there and I can't seem to make them go away in the making process and I am sure they don't hurt a thing, but I want the best I can do and nothing else will do.
     
  14. Ajax

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    If you made size 7-1/2 shot and it had dimples. After you put in trough the paint shaker would it wear off to size 8's?

    Ajax
     
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    I don't think the lead is worn off the shot to get rid of the dimples. Most likely, the shot is just pounded & rounded out by the tumbling and the dimple is filled in.
     
  16. Jim Porter

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    shot410ga you are correct. It just peens down imperfections on the surface. They mike the same.
    Jim
     
  17. biff

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    Why put Graphite on the shot in the first place? It rides out the barrel in a plastc cup when it is shot. What does the Graphite do? Biff
     
  18. mcneeley5

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    Heating the shot while tumbling in a steel drum (mixer) will re-round the shot to an extent. If you wash the shot to a dull black color then heat with a weed burner or such just enough that it is uncomfortable to the bare hand the shot will shine very quickly. The key is the washing. Drop in front of a blower to remover any errant stones then shoot it!
     
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