View Full Version : casting bullets... cast slugs ??? can you cast shot ???
Magnum Wheel Man
July 3, 2008, 12:11 PM
I have a few bullet molds, & I have seen shot gun slug molds ( I'd like to try )... but can you cast shot some how ???
maybe the equivlent of large buck shot by casting 30 caliber round ball... but is there a way of casting smaller shot ???
dripping into a tub of water or ???
July 3, 2008, 12:36 PM
There are shot makers available:
Magnum Wheel Man
July 3, 2008, 12:43 PM
Thanks for the link... have you done it ??? hows it work ???
I litterally have a ton of lead, & don't shoot too much shot gun ( more slugs than anything )... but a buddy & I were discussing this the other day, & neither of us had ever heard of being able to cast your own shot... curious if they dri into a tub of cooling oil or water, to retain the round shape or ???
July 3, 2008, 01:54 PM
I'm still WAITING for my Littleton to arrive. I ordered it a month ago, and it still hasn't shown up. If you want one, be prepared to wait. The price has gone up to $450 for the M65. Slooow because of high demand. Do you think that the $63 a bag for shot at Goose Hill has anything to do with this?
July 3, 2008, 07:58 PM
You could get a Do-It Slingshot pellet mold, and use that.
July 3, 2008, 09:08 PM
There are older molds that were made for making shot. It was a very time consuming job and they didnt work well. You can usaully pick them up for around 30-40 bucks.
July 4, 2008, 06:57 PM
You can(supposedly) pour melted lead through a metal colander into a bucket of antifreeze to make shot. It won't be completely uniform in size and will be teardrop shaped but from what I hear it works as well as factory shot. I've been intending to try it but so far haven't.
July 4, 2008, 07:27 PM
Molten lead can be poured through a seive, but the shot needs to air cool to solid form to be round and uniform. It can fall into water after it has solidified. The shot can be further sorted by running it through trays with specific sized holes in them. Ammunition companies use "shot towers" to accomplish this.
July 4, 2008, 08:14 PM
I have been looking into this as well, I cast my own shot on Wednesday it is about 1/4 inch teardrops. I did learn that you need a short ramp on the shot casting tool. The drop of lead hits and rolls into a ball. I have a dry box to hold the anti freeze, you want pure anti freeze with no water added, so no premix.
Off the above site there is a picture of the tool one guy made
I'll leave them as links because their not mine and the pictures are large.
July 4, 2008, 08:37 PM
You will get tear drops unless the shot is dropped through the air-long enough for it to harden before immersion. Water should be sufficient to cool the shot. Antifreeze is not necessary. Dropping molten lead into any liquid will not produce round shot.
July 5, 2008, 08:40 PM
Well this is a little how do, the guy is using a littleton shotmaker.
I know from what I did that the anti freeze made ALL the difference, with water the lead splits into little messed up flakes. With the anti freeze it will harden into whatever the lead falls in as.
July 5, 2008, 10:01 PM
pouring liquid lead through a proper size sieve, and letting the shot fall the correct distance, will produce almost perfectly round shot. The water is just to cool the still warm metal, it has nothing to do with forming the shot.
Heck, thats how they did it for hundreds of years in the old days. The facility was called a "Shot Tower"
July 5, 2008, 10:44 PM
I don't have a 200 foot tower in my back yard. So I would use the Bliemeister method. :cool: Shot towers are an outdated way of casting shot.
July 9, 2008, 06:48 PM
was about 40 feet. This produced a fall long enough to make generally consistant round shot.
Shot made from molds, or any method producing tear drop shapes will not fly as true as round shot. Not a concern at short range, but decreasing pattern density at longer range (more flyers).
July 9, 2008, 07:15 PM
I don't have a 200 foot tower in my back yard. So I would use the Bliemeister method. Shot towers are an outdated way of casting shot.
they make some of the best and hardest shot around - used to live a few miles away......6% antimony.....and great patterns
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