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SCUBA-L  July 2002, Week 5

SCUBA-L July 2002, Week 5

Subject:

Re: Making your own weight bags....

From:

Kenneth Smith <[log in to unmask]>

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Scuba diving discussion list <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Mon, 29 Jul 2002 04:06:41 -0700

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Just a note on using smaller shot for weight bags-
1. They are more flexible than large shot or slugs.
2. put the shot inside a used nylon and then using a polypro tight mesh
bag sewn at top.
You can make any weight bag using this so can make 1#, 2-3# or 5# flat
bags that are very comfortable in a belt- or put into "long' bags for
tank weights that are connected with a velcro strap.

Ken

Nick Simicich wrote:

> At 10:43 AM 2002-07-26 -0500, Gary Burrell wrote:
>
>> I understand that soft weight bags can be made from doubling mosquito
>> netting and using "Spider Wire" fishing line as thread.  Seems the
>> "Spider
>> Wire" is very stong for its size, rot resistant, and can be used in a
>> sewing machine.
>>
>> Also that #6 shot or larger should be used.
>
>
> I would use really large shot, the larger the better, up to about 1/2"
> balls.  I might try to get a bag of bullets, or even FMJ 45 Slugs, from a
> reloading supply house --- you might even find that they are cheaper, pound
> for pound than shot.
>
>> Does the type of shot used matter? Soft vs. hard (Magnum).  The Magnum
>> cost a little more...
>
>
> I think this has to do with the amount of antimony and arsenic in the shot
> --- and the harder shot has more, so I would stay strictly away from Magnum
> Shot.  I would use the cheaper of the types if I were just interested in
> poundage. I can buy 500 250 grain 45 caliber slugs at the local reloading
> store (45 Colt) for about 20 bucks. 7000 grains to the pound, so that is 28
> bullets to the pound, or 17 lbs.  I know that shot is about 18 bucks for 25
> lbs. But either is a miserable way to buy lead, which is a couple bucks per
> pound, at most. If you let a caster (if you can find one) know you are in
> the market for unsized seconds, you might be able to get bullets for near
> alloy prices, as the seconds usually just go back in the pot.
>
>> Will one be better about "corrosion" than the other?
>>
>> Maybe larger shot size would be better because of the reduction of total
>> surface area...maybe #1 or #0 buckshot....
>>
>> Any inputs about this is welcome...
>
>
> I have a couple of shot bags, and the lead just washes out of them after a
> dunking in salt water.  I doubt it matters much but I think that there
> would be enough lead there that I would not handle them and then put my
> hands to my mouths.  (Smoking while shooting is almost guaranteed to give
> you raised lead blood levels....mostly because of the lead azide in the
> primers).  So rinse them carefully, and wash your hands.
>
> But that experience gave me a really bad feeling about shot of any sort for
> underwater weights.  I believe that small slugs are going to be almost as
> comfortable and not nearly as likely to shed a bunch of lead.
>
> I remember seeing an arrangement where lead could be put into PVC pipes
> that straddled your tank, (and still dropped by releasing a clip.  The lead
> could be cast in copper pipes that just fit inside of the PVC slightly
> loosely.
>
> --
> "Forgive him, for he believes that the customs of his tribe are the laws of
> nature!"
>  -- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)
> Nick Simicich - [log in to unmask]


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