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sifting for shot

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by smitty43, Feb 17, 2008.

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  1. smitty43

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    best way to sift the lead shot in dirt
     
  2. hmb

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    Make a 2ft x 2ft frame out of 1x3s. Take a piece of metal screen which lets 7 1/2s pass through and attach to top of frame. On bottom of frame attach a piece of window screen which doesn't allow the shot to pass, but lets the sand pass through. The screens should be about 2 1/2 inches apart if you've done it right. Attach the bottom screen on three sides. The top screen on all 4 sides. Scrape up some shot and dirt with a flat shovel and place on top screen. Shake it a bit and every time you get a couple of pounds of lead on the bottom screen pour it into a bucket. Before you pour it into the bucket brush the dirt off the top screen. Do not fill the bucket, unless you are very strong. When you get it home you can vacuum it to get rid of any dirt take got through the screen. You should be able to get about 100lbs an hour. HMB
     
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    Sounds interesting, Do you have a drawing or diagram of this??
     
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    "When you get it home you can vacuum it to get rid of any dirt take got through the screen."

    Man, I hope you do that outside in the wind wearing a respirator. The oxides that are sure to be on the lead are nothing to play around with. How do you empty the vacuum without exposing yourself to them?

    Morgan
     
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    Don't have any pictures. But I think this might help. Take an 8ft 1x3 and cut it into 4 equal length pieces. Take the 2 pieces of screen and cut them into 2ft x 2ft pieces. Nail or screw the 1x3 pieces into a 2 x 2ft square frame. Attach the screens top and bottom and you are done. HMB
     
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    I just lay it on the ground. Small screen on the bottom large screen on top. Alot of the bad mis shaped stuff doesn't get through the top screen. Depending on the layout of your range you might be able to find a "sweet spot" where the shot on the surface is in very good condition. I have found that the good stuff travels further than the bad stuff and pretty much can be skimmed off the surface with a flat shovel.

    When you go to the hardware store have some 7 1/2s and 9s in your pocket. Use them to check the screens for size. HMB
     
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