Bought a shotmaker

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Re: Bought a shotmaker

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Post by Don2 » Thu May 15, 2014 6:57 pm

10-4 Good Buddy ;-)

Man I'm sorry your sick...Thats no FUN..!! ;-)
You just take all the time you need....We need you well and hitting on all eight.!

I'm not really trying to bug you, I'm just interested.

Hope you get better soon....


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Re: Bought a shotmaker

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I hope your feeling better..!!!
No fun being sick.. :txflag:


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Re: Bought a shotmaker

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Post by AndyC » Sat May 17, 2014 6:29 pm

I just tried again, putting it on my fish-fryer. The diameter is too large - which means only the rear of the shotmaker gets heated up, and I can't tilt it enough to make sure only the molten metal reaches the front. You can see a sort of curve in the lead, which hardens towards the front:

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This is the same fish-fryer I've used to smelt 60lbs of lead at a time, so heat/power isn't an issue as much as the correct positioning - I need to be able to get the flame directly underneath the middle of the shotmaker.
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Re: Bought a shotmaker

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Post by Don2 » Sat May 17, 2014 10:29 pm

Yes, I'm sure your fryer has more than enough BTU"s.

When I make one, I have a small bathroom propane heater burner that is about 8" long and 2" wide I will use for under the pan. I'm hoping it will work.
I also have an old water heater propane burner I'm going to use if I have a melt pot attached too??

I'm sure it will need to be experimented with to get all the correct parts working together at one time. ;-)
You will have a killer shot maker when you get it tuned up.

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Re: Bought a shotmaker

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Post by Don2 » Sun May 25, 2014 12:24 pm

Well, any progress with the shot maker? :leaving

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Re: Bought a shotmaker

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Post by AndyC » Mon May 26, 2014 1:48 pm

I'll let you know once I've had a chance.
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Re: Bought a shotmaker

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Post by Don2 » Tue Jun 03, 2014 9:27 pm

Andy, I'm NOT going to bug you, just tell you that my reloader friend and I are going to make shot this weekend with our Little Bitty shot maker.
I'm getting the lead out now.

I can't wait...I'm running low. :drool:
We have not bought any factory shot in many years. I know it's way more expensive now than it was the last time I bought it @ $25 a bag..!!!

Can't wait to see yours in action, you going to have to make a short video of it.

Nudge...Nudge... :smilelol5:


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Re: Bought a shotmaker

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Post by texasmusic » Tue Jun 03, 2014 11:10 pm

Just thought I'd drop by and say, good luck. And congratulations on making the longest 2 man thread (I think, maybe) on the forum!

Interesting stuff. :thumbs2:
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Re: Bought a shotmaker

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Post by AndyC » Wed Jun 04, 2014 10:15 am

I'm in discussions with my friend who has battled with this same gadget - he has a welder and has invited me over sometime.
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Post by saltydog452 » Wed Jun 04, 2014 2:13 pm

This isn't relevant to making shot. Maybe it can be of some use to someone, tho.

The Civilian Marksmanship has surplus 3" .410 FMC all brass shot shells. Supposededly no good in repeaters, but single/two barrel smooth bores are good to go. CMP did some patterning and, as best I remember, those patterns were tolerable. Don't know.

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Post by Don2 » Wed Jun 04, 2014 10:27 pm

texasmusic wrote:Just thought I'd drop by and say, good luck. And congratulations on making the longest 2 man thread (I think, maybe) on the forum!

Interesting stuff. :thumbs2:
Geeee....Now I feel like a Hog. "rlol"

Shucks, I guess we had a lot to say??
I didn't even notice.
But I'm still going to make shot this weekend unless the Wife DRAGS me off somewhere..!!! :txflag:
Hate when that happens.

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Re: Bought a shotmaker

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Post by Don2 » Wed Jun 04, 2014 10:35 pm

saltydog452 wrote:This isn't relevant to making shot. Maybe it can be of some use to someone, tho.

The Civilian Marksmanship has surplus 3" .410 FMC all brass shot shells. Supposededly no good in repeaters, but single/two barrel smooth bores are good to go. CMP did some patterning and, as best I remember, those patterns were tolerable. Don't know.

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WoW, send me a case...I have 2 single shot 3" 410's. :mrgreen:

I have 2 - 25ea. boxes of Magtech 410 brass that I have not loaded yet.
I need to figure it all out first. Wish I had some of the 410 brass that uses 209 primers, but they are expensive.


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Re: Bought a shotmaker

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Post by Don2 » Tue Jun 10, 2014 11:04 pm

Well shucks Andy, I had planned on making shot all weekend long BUT....
My 2.5 year old Grandson came to visit all week long and put a stop to that.

I was planning on sending you some pics of the shot I made to get you going. :mrgreen:
Just kidding, can't wait to see your shot maker in action.

Oh...I did make about 250 - 00 buck a few days ago, I had already started and just finished the batch. Came out good. Used the Lee 18 cavity mold. It works great.

We need to make this 2 man thread even longer.... :lol:

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Re: Bought a shotmaker

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Post by AndyC » Wed Jun 11, 2014 4:56 pm

Don2 wrote:Just kidding, can't wait to see your shot maker in action.
Neither can I.
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Re: Bought a shotmaker

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Post by Jumping Frog » Thu Jun 12, 2014 5:53 am

Don2 wrote:We need to make this 2 man thread even longer.... :lol:
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