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what size of holes to drill to sort 7.5 shot?

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  1. himark

    himark Well-Known Member

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    Going to use a metal bucket and drill all those holes!! What size of bit works best to get me close and for the guys that have done this did you use a drill press and carefully locate each hole or did you random start drilling with as tight of spacing that seemed possible?
     
  2. alfermann66

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    Number 7 1/2 shot would measure .095 in., so pick a size slightly larger than that. I'm wondering why you don't go to the hardware store and buy .096 in. steel cloth like I use.

    Buz
     
  3. locdoc

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    The size designation added to the diameter should equal 170. For example, 7 1/2 (7.5) size shot is .095" in diameter. 6's would be .110" and so forth. Don't worry about the decimal point.

    I have been told that acceptable sizes in a bag of shot should not vary more than .0025" (2 1/2 thousandths) or 1/2 size plus or minus.

    The more times shot is screened or graded or glassed the more uniform the contents of the bag will be.

    My $.02

    Doug Whiton, P/W dealer/dist
     
  4. timb99

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    Bet you'd be bettr off buying a pre-drilled plate.
     
  5. halfmile

    halfmile Well-Known Member

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    Get a .095 drill and go shopping for a colander.

    HM
     
  6. hmb

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    Do you want to separate it from bigger shot or smaller shot? HMB
     
  7. timb99

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    To do it right, you need 2 screens.

    A screen that's smaller than 7.5 shot to allow you to remove the pellets that are smaller than 7.5, then a screen that allows 7.5's through without letting larger shot through.
     
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    have them that will sort .010 or smaller if you are interested rick
     
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    I used to be real anal about screening my shot. During one shot making session I had about a coffee cup full of shot that was elongated and looked like rat poop. On a whim one day I loaded it up and shot some on the pattern board. Much to mine and everyone else's surprise the pattern looked pretty good. Only problem is you don't get many pellets in a 1 1/8 load. I expected the stuff to fly every where, It didn't. Shot the rest of them a clays and it worked fine. Ever since that day I use two screens. One to get the big uglies out and a .097 screen. Every thing that goes thru the .097 gets shot. If it don't it goes to remelt.



    Jim
     
  10. chuck-d

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    I got some of the screens from Rick and they work real good ! anything that goes through his screens is plenty good enough to shot at targets or game !
    shot making is not as tough as watch making I have decided !
    chuck-D
     
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    if this is what your looking for i have the whole set.7.5, 8, 8.5, and 9.

    make offer

    if you make your own, you will need to drill, sand, and redrill to debur them.

    later scott
     
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    And here I've been using a dial caliper to measure each and every pellet.
     
  13. himark

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    Scott I would like to get those so give me a call. Email me at timlind_2000@yahoo.com and will give you my # or email me yours and will call you.
     
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    Hey, would shooting holes in the bucket bottom with 7-1/2 shot work?
     
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    Can you tell me what the name of a hardware store that might handle this material
     
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    Hardware cloth: McMaster-Carr Supply Co. they have internet sales.
     
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    Hardware cloth: McMaster-Carr Supply Co. they have internet sales.
     
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    dkdevries:
    I have been shooting homemade shot for the last 25-35 years, haven't bought a bag of shot in so long I can't remember, but I think it was around $5.00 a bag.
    You sure have got it right about the size of the shot. Have broke several 200 straights with home made shot and have shot some pretty lousy scores too, but if the gun ain't pointed in the right direction the target don't break. It seems like I have a problem of pointing it in the right direction. I always said I never heard a clay target comment on what size shot was being thrown at it.
     
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