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I am contemplating buying some reclaimed shot. I know it has to be cleaned and re graphited. I believe both tasks can be accomplished in a small inexpensive cement mixer, such as one you would get from Northern Tool or Harbor Freight. Looking for a little info on the process and the cost. Thanks in advance.
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You will have to weld or bolt in some additional paddle in the mixer. I have the setup your talking about and does a great job on 50 lbs at a time.
 

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I just bought a 1000#'s from Leadminer and it is the best reclaimed shot I've ever seen!! It came from Post,TX.
 

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I have seen some that had been run in a cement mixer in some kind of solvent. The mixer had no paddles and was coated with what looked like rino lining. The shot that came out of it was real nice. Looked like new shot. Paul in Nebraska.
 

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Thanks for the info guys. You never dissappoint. One more question, who is lead miner and how do I contact him (them)?
 

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Unless you buy from somebody that comes recommended, be sure to get a look at the shot you'll be buying before dollars change hands. Depending on what kind of soil it came from, some reclaimed shot is so badly eroded that it looks like dried-up apples and prunes and isn't fit for anything but recycling. What was #7½ or #8 when it was shot is now shrunk to #9 or #10 (if there was such a size).

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From what I have seen a cement mixer does not work very well, it's a joke. I have reclaimed that was run through a mixer and it is still covered with oxidation. It hangs up in my loader. It takes a very aggressive action to remove the oxidation and I don't see how a cement mixer can supply that. I have run some in my Dillon vibratory case cleaner for 2hrs and removed most of the oxidation but is not practical for a large volume and is probably hard on the case cleaner. It makes a nasty mess. Possibly a steel bucket or barrel with an out of balance motor mounted on the bottom to vibrate it would be the way to go. I will never buy more that isn't shiny like new shot.
 

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Beside that, removing lead oxide in a cement mixer mixes the lead oxide with the shot so that when the shot is poured out of the mixer, the lead oxide dust wafts out for the operator to breathe in. Really bad plan if you're at all interested in healthy blood and clean lungs.

People with good sense will let oxidized shot pass along to a recycler. Even trying to reload it as is will put lead oxide dust into the air as the shot is poured from its container to the hopper.

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