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become "sticky" and wants to bridge in my RCBS Grand. I bought some powdered graphite to maybe recoat the shot with and make it slick again. Has anyone ever done that before?


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Yup but I used the motor mica from ballistic products.the white stuff .mb


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It doesn't take much... less than half a thimble full in a case polisher.


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I tried the graphite some years back, it was a mess. I found the best way was to graphite it and mix it about 1/3 old shot with 2/3 new shot.


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Originally Posted by pullit
I tried the graphite some years back, it was a mess. I found the best way was to graphite it and mix it about 1/3 old shot with 2/3 new shot.


I can do that. How much graphite did you use. I only have vibratory brass polishers and not a rotary one which would be needed to do this. I thought about taking a dry 2 liter soda bottle and mixing it all in that by rolling it a bit?


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Soda bottle should work fine, just don’t had too much graphite. We frequently did this with reclaimed shot.

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Put about 5 pounds of the oxidized shot in you vibrator with several ~3/8" steel hex nuts. Vibrate for a few minutes, then use a shop vac to remove the dust. Add a pinch of graphite and vibrate a couple minutes. Mix 50/50 with shiny shot. Is lead dust bad for you? Yes, use one of your covid masks and then throw away.

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I had an old vib feeder bowl that I used and I most likely used too much graphite


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Since the mid '80s I've made over 7 tons of my own shot. I've tumbled all of it, 12-15# at a time in my Thumler's Tumbler with just enough powdered graphite that a small flat screwdriver can pick up and added to each load. The shot comes out very smooth and shiny, and will easily meter in all loads down to .410.


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How long did you run it in your tumbler?


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I never really timed it when I was doing it, I would put it in and go do something else. When it looked about right, I was done. I would guess that buffybr is about right.


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Well I tumbled all of my oxidized shot with a bit of graphite powder. A little goes a long ways for sure. It did not come out shiny but it is jet black and pretty slick. I bought a tub of graphite on amazon and I now have enough for 3 lifetimes.

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I think I went to Walmart and got a tube back in the automotive section that you use in car door locks, that was way more than I needed as well.


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