Bought a shotmaker

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Re: Bought a shotmaker

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Post by george » Thu Jun 12, 2014 8:40 am

A shotmaker is a way to get of contaminated lead that won't cast good bullets.

In the old days, they dropped it from a height, to allow for air-cooling, and the surface tension ensured round shapes.

How can you get round balls from that short of a distance?
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Re: Bought a shotmaker

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Post by AndyC » Thu Jun 12, 2014 1:28 pm

It's called the Bliemeister method:
...bodies of melted metal in the form of drops can be converted to solid spherical bodies in the course of falling through a body of quenching liquid of moderate depth, for example, of a depth substantially less than six feet, provided that the fall of the melted bodies through the quenching liquid is interrupted and moderate spin is imparted to the bodies while they are still molten.
You can read about it here: http://www.google.com/patents/US2978742" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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Re: Bought a shotmaker

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Post by Don2 » Thu Jun 12, 2014 3:29 pm

Jumping Frog wrote:
Don2 wrote:We need to make this 2 man thread even longer.... :lol:
I am just hanging out on the sidelines waiting for the story to develop.
It will, I know when I built one it was a long and winding road.
Too hot, not hot enough, not hot in the right spots, wrong drop height etc...etc...etc.
Takes money and time...I had the time... ;-)

It never really worked the way I wanted it to.
BUT...Andy is starting with one complete part, the important part.
I tried it from scratch. ( can be done and is, but thats where the money part comes in. ):smilelol5:

I ended up partnering with a fellow reloader that bought an old small shotmaker that works well enough for our needs. modern ones are around the $500 - $700 range.
Now I wish I had bought one when they were $250!!!!!

Oh well.
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Re: Bought a shotmaker

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Post by TheGeek » Thu Jan 25, 2018 11:25 am

Hi I know this threads a little old. Wondring how this worked out for you? Also, how are the bolts secured to the pan?

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Re: Bought a shotmaker

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Post by AndyC » Wed Jan 31, 2018 12:29 pm

I'm sorry, I somehow overlooked your question.

I wasn't able to get it running well because I had no stand upon which to hold it well enough that I could get a heat source under it to melt the lead decently.

One of these days I'll make a stand of some kind and try again.
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