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Old 05-14-2020, 11:15 AM   #1
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Massive amount of #8 lead shot - how to clean it ?

I just harvested about 5000 lbs of #8 shot that was used in a series of fiberglass tent hold downs
Some of it got and stayed wet (for 20 years) and got a bit oxidized
Had to drill some holes to drain the water out of one, the bit pulled a small amount of dirt and some plastic twists into the shot (Very very tiny amount in the big picture).

Any ideas of how to clean it without putting lead residue into my yard ?

Also, when you tumble clean shot, how much graphite do you add per lb ?
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Tried to ask this question on another site, got banned for "fishing for sales"
So PLEASE don't ask me if it's for sale or make any offers, I'm only looking for info here.
When/if i decide to sell any I'll put in on the Buy Sell Trade forum where it belongs
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Old 05-14-2020, 12:52 PM   #3
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You might contact Rotometals on what amount of graphite to use.
A nice sturdy sieve should allow you to wash things down to get rid of dirt and then you can pick out any large pieces of debris.
I would imagine renting a concrete mixer to add the graphite when the time comes might be a good way to go
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Old 05-14-2020, 09:32 PM   #4
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I'm going to get one of these
Been meaning to anyway, have a patio project to do
$200 at Harbor Freight

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I'm going to get one of these
Been meaning to anyway, have a patio project to do
$200 at Harbor Freight

One of our local indoor ranges has one of these they use for cleaning brass cases to sell to customers and it works very well.
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I'm going to get one of these
Been meaning to anyway, have a patio project to do
$200 at Harbor Freight

That's the absolute best way to clean it PERIOD! Add a little graphite and run for 30 min to an hour and you will have new looking shot.
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Old 05-15-2020, 09:00 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by Sudsy View Post
Tried to ask this question on another site, got banned for "fishing for sales"
So PLEASE don't ask me if it's for sale or make any offers, I'm only looking for info here.
When/if i decide to sell any I'll put in on the Buy Sell Trade forum where it belongs
I'll bet I can guess which site you got bounced from.
Probably the same one I got bounced from for posting an item I bought and thought everyone might want to know about.
I don't reload but 5000# of shot seems like a fantastic amount. Please post the results of your project
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I used to be in the once fired brass business back in the late 70's into about the mid 80's. I used an electric mixer similar to that to clean and polish the brass. I removed all of the fins though.

All the best and good luck.
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Originally Posted by The Happy Kaboomer View Post
That's the absolute best way to clean it PERIOD! Add a little graphite and run for 30 min to an hour and you will have new looking shot.
Excellent, Just need to figure out how to get it home
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One of our local indoor ranges has one of these they use for cleaning brass cases to sell to customers and it works very well.
Did they remove the fins or use it as it came ??
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