Buckshot Swage Operator

Set up and operate battery of machines to press lead slugs into buckshots.
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Salary Range
$22,000 – $47,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Buckshot Swage Operators do?

Sets up and operates battery of machines to press lead slugs into buckshot for shotgun ammunition: Removes and replaces dies, punches, and die blocks, and adjusts knockout pins, feed fingers, and stops, using handtools. Fills hoppers with lead slugs from scoop or tote box. Starts machines and measures diameters of swaged shot samples, using shot gauge, and weighs them on balance scale to determine conformance to specifications. Rolls shot under dial micrometer to verify roundness. Turns bolts, setscrews, and stop nuts to adjust position of punches and dies by trial and error to produce acceptable shot.


Should I be a Buckshot Swage Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Swager

    How to become a Buckshot Swage Operator

    Most Buckshot Swage Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9baaaa&chl=no+college+%2898%25%29|certificate+%282%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,98,98
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