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#1 knots43

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Posted 26 December 2015 - 12:10 PM

I am looking for something other than lead shot, untreated steel, or sand fill for my shot bag.  Any ideas of a good source/material ?

 

A couple of options I am considering that I would like an opinion on are:

 

HDPE or nylon spheres.

 

.0117 Ga. galvanized  or copper plated BB's

 

Never heard of these being used but would like to know what this group thinks.


Edited by knots43, 26 December 2015 - 12:14 PM.


#2 trying-it

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Posted 26 December 2015 - 06:19 PM

Thinking the nylon spheres are too soft.

 

BB's are only copper clad steel, but IMHO way to big of spheres.

 

Personally I made a leather pillow with fine sand in a Ziploc bag.

 

I put the sand filled  plastic bag inside with no air left in it, glued and saddle sewed all 4 edges of the leather.

 

I use mine as a material backer and also as a cradle for my pitch filled bowls.



#3 dutch

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Posted 27 December 2015 - 04:40 AM

I use coarse riversand in my bags.  If you`re scared of the dust it may couse over time, you can add some oil to the sand. This also gives a better stability when shaping.  Lead is just stupid to use imo... I wonder who ever came up with that idea....

ofcourse it all starts with a well made good sealing bag.



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Posted 27 December 2015 - 04:40 AM

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#5 knots43

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Posted 27 December 2015 - 07:58 AM

Thanks guys.   I will most likely end up sand in my 12" bag.    Maybe I'll make up a smaller bag with BB's just for the fun of testing them as an alternative.



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Posted 28 December 2015 - 03:52 PM

I used a very small steel blast media bead. It holds very tightly together when hammering.






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