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Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by rickk55, Dec 7, 2009.

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  1. rickk55

    rickk55 Member

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    Have some shot that has ozidized from storing in damp garage. Loaded one bag and it was dusty and hung up my Mec. Does anyone know anything I can do to it to make it load smoother. Thanks Rick
     
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    sliverbulletexpress TS Member

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    Depending on how much you have, borrow or rent one of those small cement mixers and tumble it until the dust pretty much quits coming off it, then add graphite and tumble some more until it looks good. I haven't had any luck with the little tumblers and shakers.
     
  3. Auctioneer

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    Go to a tractor supply store and get a can of graphite. A TP of it in an ammo can with the shot and shake it up it will do fine. Just make sure the shot comes apart from each other after you shake it up.
     
  4. phirel

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    Sometimes damp shot will carbonate (not oxidize) and form small clumps in the bag. Dropping the bag on a hard surface a few times before it is opened will break these clumps. Another way is to pour the shot into a flat container and manually break the clumps. They are easy to recognize. Use care with the dust that is associated with such shot.

    Pat Ireland
     
  5. hoggy

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    Make sure if you are going to drop the bag to drop it in a pail or something. I can just imagine the bag breaking and 25lbs of shot going everywhere.
     
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    "I can just imagine the bag breaking and 25lbs of shot going everywhere."




    been there!!!



    tony
     
  7. jim brown

    jim brown Well-Known Member

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    Use caution, the dust is very harmful if ingested.

    jim brown
     
  8. rickk55

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    want to thank everyone for their responses, going to get some graphite and give it a try, thanks everyone again, Rick
     
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    Try ebay for graphite...

    Bruce
     
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    WEAR A DUST MASK LEAD POISONING IS WHAT KILLED ANNIE OKLEY
     
  11. whiz white

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    A mud mixer used by tile setters; small, slow and we use it for this purpose quite successfully.

    NOT the kind with the long propeller-type mixer that goes on the end of a drill, but a small versionof a cement mixer - they use a 3-5 gallon bucket

    You can buy graphite ins like a liter or quart jug at your local implement dealer. We use it for planting corn - about a tablespoon for 25# shot.

    WW
     
  12. phirel

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    If you have several bags to tumble you can make your own custom shot tumbler. Start with an empty clean five gallon plastic bucket. Painters and dry wall men will give these away free or you can pick them up at a construction site free. Put a bag of shot in the bucket, fasten the lid on securely and roll your custom shot tumbler on the floor.

    You can put in 1/8 teaspoon of graphite if you like. It wont help much but it will not hurt anything.

    You can store empty hulls in your custom shot tumbler until you need it again to tumble shot.

    Pat Ireland
     
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