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    Does anyone out there make their own lead shot for shotgun reloading??

    At over $50 per bag at Sportsman's Warehouse, I was thinking it might be worth my while to buy a shot maker and save some money.

    Any advice or insight on the matter would be appreciated.

    Thanks.

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    How many pounds are in the bag from Sportsmans?
    I pay $1 a pound for scrap lead here in AK. If you are looking for pure lead or a specific alloy you generally have a harder time finding it and have to pay more. Usually in the neighborhood of $2-2.50 a pound buying it online.
    A Littleton lead dripper from magma shows a price of $450+ shipping.
    I saw one on EBAY awhile back that a seller there makes himself and sells.
    You just have to buy different tips for the different shot sizes.
    I suppose you could try making your own like this guy did.
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    The shot I buy is $52 for 25 pounds, = $2/pound. Using scrap lead, it would take a while to pay off the cost of the shot maker. From that point forward the savings will definitely be worth it.


    I'm hoping to find someone willing to go in on the project. If it works out, maybe selling some on the side. I'm not expecting to make a profit. I just want to reduce my shooting costs.


    One concern is the uniformity of shot you can expect from the commercial shot makers. I've read that maintaining the correct lead temp and getting the correct coolant mix is critical. Otherwise you end up with flattened shot or popcorn shot.

    Anyone out there that has a shot maker that I can see in operation?

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    Here is a useful discussion of the Littleton and various other homemade alternatives.

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    Crazy video, I would have never thought to try making round shot!


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