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Shot Bags

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Craig_S, Jun 12, 2012.


  1. Craig_S

    Craig_S Inactive

    Oct 15, 2008
    Metro Detroit
    Filled with lead shot and used as a neck rest while doing fret work. Where might I find them?
     
  2. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    alpha-music.com
    gun shops.

    not so much for fretwork, but these make great neck rests for general use.

    shooters-ridge-leather-front-large-sandbag-shooting-rest-lg.jpg
     
  3. 202dy

    202dy Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2006
    Online:

    MidwayUSA

    Incidentally,using a bag full of lead shot introduces lead contaminate (in the form of dust) to the shop. You will breathe it. If you do not wash before eating or smoking you will ingest it. Not recommended.
     
  4. Jeff Bonny

    Jeff Bonny

    Nov 20, 2000
    Vancouver, BC
    They're widely used in the film biz especially by grips. Try someplace like this.
     
  5. ShiftyShift

    ShiftyShift

    Mar 12, 2012
    I use one of those Fender Neck rest mat thingies when I do any work on a neck. That being said, they're ridiculously overpriced, and the foam wears out fast. But, you won't get lead poisoning.
     
  6. My guy uses pinto beans (uncooked, of course), in a cloth sack. Pretty good idea, I guess. It'll conform to any shape.
    But, damn!! It's just another thing to give you G.A.S.!!!
     
  7. Craig_S

    Craig_S Inactive

    Oct 15, 2008
    Metro Detroit
    This is what I'm going for. I don't mean shooting rests; I mean bags of lead buckshot. I've had trouble locating a source.

    I might try the pinto bean idea. Never thought of that. I just need a nice bag to put them in.
     
  8. Jeff Bonny

    Jeff Bonny

    Nov 20, 2000
    Vancouver, BC
    The place I linked (DETROIT POWER & LIGHT) has lead shot bags. If they don't have exactly what you want they'll be able to tell you who does.
    If all else fails you can get them from Film Tools in Hollywood.
     
  9. Craig_S

    Craig_S Inactive

    Oct 15, 2008
    Metro Detroit
    I just ordered an empty burlap shot bag to put dried beans in. Sounds like a good idea to try, anyway. I appreciate all the responses. Thanks. :)
     
  10. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    alpha-music.com
    oh wow, i didn't think of that.

    mine are filled with sand, so that's good.
     
  11. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY

    Mmm. In Canada, lead shot has been outlawed for a long time, we use steel shot which is, of course, the best shot for metal.

    As are navy beans. Pintos are more for the flamenco crowd.
     
  12. Jeff Bonny

    Jeff Bonny

    Nov 20, 2000
    Vancouver, BC
    You can still use lead shot bags in Canada. Steel shot sucks for outdoor use in bags as it rusts and clumps together...which I guess isn't much of an issue on a guitar bench. Lead is nasty stuff to be in regular contact with. I bet the beans work well.
     
  13. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY

    Gadzooks Jeff, I thought the punch line would give it away. Thanks for ruining my very first "best for metal" reference.:p

    Back on topic, I too need a bean bag!
     
  14. Steveaux

    Steveaux Safe-Guardian of the Stoopid Supporting Member

    Jul 1, 2008
    The Wilds of NW Pa.
    Fill 'em with aquarium gravel.
     
  15. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    You can buy them on Ebay, too.

    I like the pinto bean or aquarium gravel ideas.
     
  16. Jeff Bonny

    Jeff Bonny

    Nov 20, 2000
    Vancouver, BC
    Doh! I gotta stop posting when I should be sleeping....
     
  17. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY

    Ha ha :D
     
  18. Craig_S

    Craig_S Inactive

    Oct 15, 2008
    Metro Detroit
    Frijoles!
     
  19. I have an old crown royal bag filled with rice. Works great.
     
  20. I have a vinyl, zippered bank deposit bag filled with #9 lead bird shot. Less expensive is sand, but, put it first into a plastic zip lock bag. I use it for hammering in frets, not a work bench neck rest. I made that out of plywood with carpet for padding.
    Rocky
     

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