Today I received about 8.5# of Ellis' homemade birdshot. This is what the shot looked like. Not round, but a good size. After 6 hours in the rotary tumbler. I was hoping for more roundness. After being hosed down with WD-40 and shaken on a towel. The first picture and this picture look almost the same, except for a slight color change. I think Ellis said this shot was dripped with a WW alloy. Maybe pure lead shot would round out better..... Although not as pretty as shot from the pros, this shot should do the job. I have a neighbor's cat I would like to "test" on......... Ellis, I think you are headed in the correct direction. .