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What to look for when buying reclaimed shot?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by t7731, Jul 18, 2012.

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  1. t7731

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    I am new to reloading and am going to look at some reclained shot. What exactly is it that I need to keeps my eyes open for so that I dont end up with garbage? How much should I expect to pay?
     
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    I have not seen the shot yet? I assume that shiney is good? Don't they sort the shot into different sizes?
     
  3. grntitan

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    1)You want it sorted(yes you will have a mix of 7 1/2's and 8's).<br>
    2)You want it graphited just like new shot is. You need the graphite to prevent bridging and clumping in your loader.<br>
    3)You need to watch that the bottom of the bag or container is not a bunch of dirt and dust. I've seen some terrible reclaimed shot that looked like a handful of rock dust.<br>
    4)You may want to take a magnet. You don't want to be paying for lead shot and be getting mostly steel shot.<br>
    5)You want it to look as much like new shot as possible.<br>
    6)Price. Like stated above you want to hold it to around $1/lb. Some guys charge a little more and can get it. Good looking bagged shot is worth a little more to me. Of course if it costs too much per pound you can buy new.
     
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    Terry,

    I'll be out in about an hour or so. Where will I find you?
     
  5. Tripod

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    Leadminers shot works well for me. I will use again.
     
  6. 13ga

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    If the Lead Miner ever gets back to Las Vegas I will definately buy some more shot from him.
    Mike
     
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    Unknown1 Well-Known Member

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    Don't expect the pellets to be round.

    I've bought a lot of reclaimed shot where most of the pellets looked like this:<center>
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    Keller
     
  8. Johnny

    Johnny Well-Known Member

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    dodecahedron shot. I will take all I can get.
     
  9. GoldEx

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    Either oxidized or dirty or both. Thats the kind of stuff that bridges in your drop tube.

    Jeff
     
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