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Question for a better chemist than I am............. I have access to reclaimed shot that performs well enough for me at the 16 yd line. A good many of the pellets have acquired a coating of lime over the years and I want to get rid of it in the cleaning process. So the question is whether I can safely prewash with ordinary household vinegar(?). I read somewhere that lead acetate is bad news, that it can be absorbed through the skin.

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Almost all lead oxide is red. The white form of lead oxide is formed at very high temperatures. The white coating I have seen on shot is lead carbonate. It is best removed by abrasion. Use care not to get a lot of lead dust on you. The shot will shoot just as well with the white coating as it will without the white coating. I see little to be gained by removing it. If it is just a color thing you don't like, coat the white shot with graphite and you will not see the white anymore.

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PS- If you must try a chemical treatment, an acid is the wrong way to go. You would need a base. Sodium hydroxide might help and it is available as white pellets used to unplug sewer drains (Draino or other brands). I would not advise you to try this.

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OK, I've got about 30 lbs. of reclaimed shot. Every color under the sun. Where would I buy some powdered graphite? I think it might be worthwhile to help the stuff go thru the reloader. Was kind of a pain to reclaim. Lots of rinsing. Not sure I'll do it again. Total of 5, 5-gal. pails of "stuff" yielded the 30 lbs. of shot.

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30 pounds of reclaimed shot, after it is nice and clean is worth just a little over $20. Graphite is available at a farm supply store. I would shoot the reclaimed shot at practice or the first shot of doubles. Do not pattern the stuff, as I did, or you will not use it for anything.

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I just paid $40 for the last bag of shot the place had. And they didn't know when/if they were going to get more. So, it sounds like my reclaimed stuff is worth around $50. I agree, not worth it. But I have a LOT of time on my hands. No jobs for old folks here in Vermont...
 
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