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Forum topic by phil29072 posted 02-07-2010 07:03 PM 2348 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-07-2010 07:03 PM

I’m trying to assemble a “Dead Blow” hammer and need a small amount of #7.5 lead shot. I have tried gun stores and reloading departments but they only sell in bulk (25 lb.).

Does anyone know of an outlet for smaller quantities of lead shot ( 1 lb.)?



-- Phil Maas, South Carolina

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#1 posted 02-07-2010 07:09 PM

Trying buying a tube of steel BB’s at any store that has sporting goods and they should work well also. Stell is not as heavy as lead of course so just put a few more into your hammer. By the way, I have never thought of making my own dead blow hammer and your project seems rather exciting.

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#2 posted 02-07-2010 07:14 PM

fishing store ?

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#3 posted 02-07-2010 07:19 PM

why donĀ“t you use ball shaped peices from ball bearings they will work great


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#4 posted 02-07-2010 07:25 PM

I got some lead from the tire store. Old wheel weights, free.

-- Alan, Prince George

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#5 posted 02-07-2010 08:09 PM

Find someone who does shotgun shell reloading.

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#6 posted 02-07-2010 09:53 PM

I was going to say the same as David fishing weights.

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#7 posted 02-07-2010 09:55 PM

lead shot is cheap. I’m pretty sure that most of the other options will cost have similar costs. i looked at fishing weights, but by the time you buy enough to be useful, you spend almost as much money. if you are coming through VA, you can have some of the 25lb bag I bought. I think I’m going to use about 5 lbs of it.

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#8 posted 02-07-2010 09:56 PM

i love the tire store idea though. how big are those?

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#9 posted 02-08-2010 05:32 AM

for an easy way to mold wheel weights, drill a hole in a piece of wood and soak the wood in water, heat your lead up and when its liquid pour into the hole (make sure there is no liquid water in the hole) after it cools a bit you can dip it in a water bucket. when you think its cool, wait an hour longer and then split the wood off the lead. voila lead rod. to make shot dribble the liquid lead out the pan into a water bucket from a few feet up, and it will make shot, not round but kinda oblate. by the way, dont heat the lead past the liquid point and dont breathe the fumes..

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#10 posted 02-08-2010 07:24 AM

Phil -
Go back to the gun shop(s) and ask them to connect you with one of their customers who reloads their shotgun shells. One of them might be willing to part with a pound of shot.

-- Adversity doesn't build reveals it.

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#12 posted 02-08-2010 11:51 PM

I agree with Sawkerf. The gun shop should be able to put you in touch with someone that loads shotgun shells. One of the store employees probably does loading.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#13 posted 02-09-2010 12:03 AM

I had the same problem. So I still have 24+ lbs. left in my bag!

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#14 posted 02-11-2010 03:28 AM

Hey phil29072 and blackdogwoodshop,

Maybe an idea to use your extra shot if you did get a 25lb bag – make a weight bag…

I took a pair of old jeans, cut a 12” section out of the leg, sewn up one end, put in the lead shot, sewn up the other end.. Now I use it for a weight bag when I am glueing an odd shaped project down to a board (like Intarsia to a backer board).. I used to use gallon bags filled with sand, but with the shot I can get more weight in a smaller area…

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#15 posted 02-11-2010 03:49 AM

Go back to the gun store (or Wal-Mart) and get a box (25 rounds) of 12 gauge, 2 3/4” “dove and quail” loads. I haven’t priced them lately, but they should be $5 to $8. Both the shot size and the shot charge weight in ounces will be stamped on the end flap of the box. Dove and quail run about 1 to 1 1/8 oz of shot per round, so you’ll be getting 25 oz. Cut open the crimps with an exacto knife and dump the shot out.

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