Lead miner

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Project by jerset posted 07-26-2010 02:31 AM 3405 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Strange as it may seem not all wood working project produce a work of art. The Safeway lead miner is a practial tool for recycling lead bullets, it dovetails, pun intended, with the loading bench posting. I belong to the Mason County Sportsman Association, MCSA, our indoor range has a bullet sand trap, every 60-90 days the lead is removed and melted into ingots, then cast into new lead bullets, and sent back down range.
Several years ago i acquired an old exerciser machine with a Savage Arms motor, that has reciprocating plungers, I finally had a plan and started building, trial and error, a few revision and now 4 guys can remove 600-1000 pound of lead in about an hour using this and a sister machine that is manual powered. The Safeway miner is build on a shopping cart chassis, 2×4s, plywood and a mesh screen.

-- jerset

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#1 posted 07-26-2010 02:36 AM

Nice GREEN machine! Pun intended!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#2 posted 07-26-2010 05:56 AM

The mother of invention!

Is that ‘exerciser’ machine the one with a belt attached that reciprocates around the derriere?

Reminds me of those machines that had wooden bars on the outside of parallel rotating wheels and the ladies were leaning on them as they spun around. I never could understand how they worked, if at all….

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#3 posted 07-26-2010 06:01 AM

Great invention. I’ve sent a few tons down range in the last 50 yrs ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 07-26-2010 06:01 AM

Smart idea.
Great build.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#5 posted 07-26-2010 07:11 AM

Is that ‘exerciser’ machine the one with a belt attached that reciprocates around the derriere?
Yes I found it in an apartment building storage, construed in 1954.

-- jerset

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#6 posted 07-26-2010 01:04 PM

When I started college, I knew it was going to be a lean four, five or six years… (well I knew I might party a little bit at first) Back then we had lots of quail and ruffed grouse in East Tennessee and I didn’t want my English Setters to get rusty because I couldn’t afford shot, so I went to the local skeet range, dug up a lot of the hillside where the shot hit and took it home to process. I made a gold mining type placer box and ran the mixture of dirt, shot and rock through it. The water washed out the dirt, the riffles in the box moved the shot and rocks to another section where a wire screen removed the rock. I ended up with 4 or 5 buckets (5 gal) of mixed shot. Most of it was all deformed, but it patterned great for 20 yard shots over bird dogs. It took over 30 years to shoot up most of it.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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