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 Post subject: separating powder from shot
PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2020 7:20 pm 
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Well, it happened. I was loading up the loader. Poured in about 5 pounds of shot, then turned around and funneled about a cup of powder in on top of it.

I thought maybe I could get the powder (all conveniently right at the top) out with a turkey baster, but by the time I could get the baster out of the shot container the powder would dribble back out the end of the baster. I just emptied the shot bottle into a jar I had handy.

So now I have a mayonnaise jar with about 5 pounds of shot and a cup of powder mixed in.

Anyone have a recommended procedure for separating them? The priority is on getting shot mostly powder free (I figure a few flakes of powder in the shot won't change anything going down the barrel), but if there's a way to save the powder I'm cheap like that.

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 Post subject: Re: separating powder from shot
PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2020 7:22 pm 
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Sift it through a piece of window screen. It works well for me

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 Post subject: Re: separating powder from shot
PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2020 7:51 pm 
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But seriously, put a piece of panty hose or cheesecloth over a shop vac, it will suck up the powder but leave the shot if you get the distance right.

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 Post subject: Re: separating powder from shot
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A member here, icyclefar, once posted specs for a sifter that used a certain screen and come PVC pipe parts from the plumbing section of the home depot. The place I ordered the screens from had a minimum order so I used the extra screens to make more of the sifters. I gave the extra sifters to some friends who also reload. Mine sits on my bench and whenever I need it its there. See if you can find it. Nifty, compact, cheap, and, best of all, home made.

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 Post subject: Re: separating powder from shot
PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2020 8:44 pm 
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Mesh food Strainer works for me, use it often. The powder goes through and leaves the shot.


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 Post subject: Re: separating powder from shot
PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2020 10:14 pm 
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Window screen is a good idea - and I happen to have some leftover laying around.

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 Post subject: Re: separating powder from shot
PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2020 8:03 am 
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Tenguage wrote:
Mesh food Strainer works for me, use it often. The powder goes through and leaves the shot.


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 Post subject: Re: separating powder from shot
PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2020 10:03 am 
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seb7515 wrote:
Tenguage wrote:
Mesh food Strainer works for me, use it often. The powder goes through and leaves the shot.


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Go to the dollar store and get one. There are various mesh sizes, get the one with the biggest opening that is smaller than your shot. Works like a charm.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2020 11:03 am 
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Dump it all on one end of a cookie sheet and tilt slowly

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I have used a vacuum and a ridged coffee filter (Not paper filt, the copper mesh ones)

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 Post subject: Re: separating powder from shot
PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2020 12:50 pm 
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Nebs wrote:
A member here, icyclefar, once posted specs for a sifter that used a certain screen and come PVC pipe parts from the plumbing section of the home depot. The place I ordered the screens from had a minimum order so I used the extra screens to make more of the sifters. I gave the extra sifters to some friends who also reload. Mine sits on my bench and whenever I need it its there. See if you can find it. Nifty, compact, cheap, and, best of all, home made.



Thanks for the mention. Here is the information for the sifters that I put together.

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Holly thread revival!

So for years I've had the sifter that looks like a shotgun shell sold through Precision Reloading.

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It works well, and is handy to have on the bench. Capacity is really only a single shell's worth of shot/powder mix.

I've had a few shooting buddies take the plunge into reloading and both had tried finding themselves a shot sifter, they seem to be gone from Precision reloading web site now.

So I got to thinking, and with a little google searching, came up with the materials to make my own.

For anyone interested, here is what you will need.

PVC cleaner and cement
One 2" PVC repair coupling. (make sure it is a true repair coupling without any internal lip)
Two pieces of 2" PVC pipe cut to 1-3/8"
Two 2" hub caps (hub caps are flat and shorter in overall length than a standard cap)
One 2-1/2" round stainless steel filter mesh screen, #14 mesh with 0.020 wire

I start by setting one section of pipe to the center of the repair coupling and glue in place.

Insert the mesh screen into the opposite end of the repair coupling, because the screen is slightly larger than the ID of the repair coupling it will dish slightly, this is a good thing.

I then use a vise to insert the second section of pipe, glued of course, and squeeze it all together pinning the mesh screen in place.

The hub caps simply friction fit in place.

The #14 mesh will capture any shot #9 or larger.

Here's a pic of the finished product.

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 Post subject: Re: separating powder from shot
PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2020 1:19 pm 
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Thanks all.

I had considered dumping the lot into a paint roller tray and letting the shot roll down to the pool, so similar to the cookie sheet approach.

But I think I have some PVC bits around - I may take a crack at building the sieve icyclefar described.


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 Post subject: Re: separating powder from shot
PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2020 6:04 am 
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Tenguage wrote:
Mesh food Strainer works for me, use it often. The powder goes through and leaves the shot.


I bought one of these at the dollar store, it worked great. Its made out of "window screen" size mesh.


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 Post subject: Re: separating powder from shot
PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2020 7:29 am 
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Icyclefar gave me one and i had not needed one at that time. Within a week i did!! Works great and is good to know it's on the bench if needed.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2020 8:50 am 
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Another mesh food screener. Think I paid $1.99 at Big Lots.

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 Post subject: Re: separating powder from shot
PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 4:55 pm 
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Tea strainer works for me. Look in the kitchen gadgets section.

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 Post subject: Re: separating powder from shot
PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 4:28 am 
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dutch7373 wrote:
Dump it all on one end of a cookie sheet and tilt slowly


Id do this.


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 Post subject: Re: separating powder from shot
PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 5:00 pm 
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A large salt shaker is my goto.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 5:31 pm 
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LOL....salt shaker

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