Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by TheRodDoc, Oct 31, 2010.
is shotgun shot pure lead? neighbor gave me 6 bags of no. 7 1/2
Absolutely not. It's an alloy which is considerably harder than pure lead. It depends on the maker what the alloy content is, but suffice it to say, you'd be extremely lucky if you actually got your hands on pure lead shot. It should say on the bags what the antimony content is.
Some shot is harder than others but almost none of it is prue lead. If it were pure dead soft lead it would tend to get deformed or dented during acceleration when the cartridge is fired. The multiple dents and dimples cause the pattern to spread out. Hard lead shot stays more spherical and flies more true giving tighter patterns. Also harder shot breaks clay birds better and penetrates feathers better.
Some people will melt down and cast the shot into bullets or alloy it with lead or tin. I have some hard 8% antimony shot that I plan on melting & blending to cast up.
Like they said, probably not, but it might not matter.
What do you want to use it for?
For casting round balls for a rifle you'd be better with soft lead but for cartridge guns or for round balls for a smoothbore a harder alloy should be fine.
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