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Encyclopedia > Lead shot

Lead shot is small balls of lead, traditional made using a shot tower. It is used for a variety of purposes. One use of shot is in shotguns. General Name, Symbol, Number lead, Pb, 82 Chemical series poor metals Group, Period, Block 14, 6, p Appearance bluish white Atomic mass 207. ... A shot tower is a tower designed for the production of shot balls, which were used for projectiles in firearms. ... A pump-action and two semi-automatic action shotguns, 20 boxes of shotgun shells, a target thrower, and three boxes of clay targets. ...


Lead shot was pioneered by William Watts of Bristol who adapted his house on Redcliff Way by adding a three storey tower and digging a shaft under the house through the caves underneath in order to achieve the required drop. The process was patented in 1782. Watts' house was demolished in the 1970's and replaced by a new tower in Cheese Lane. Bristol (IPA: brĭstəl) is a city, unitary authority and ceremonial county in South West England. ...


Lead shot has been used to provide variable weight in stress testing systems. Shot pours from a hopper into a basket, which is connected to the test item. When the test item fractures, the shute closes and the mass of the lead shot in the basket is used to calculate the fracture stress of the item. A fracture is the separation of a body into two, or more, pieces under the action of stress. ...


Split shot, that is shot cut half through has been commonly used as a line weight in angling. Fishing from a pier Angling is a form of fishing. ...


 
 

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