Sand or shot for speaker stands?

Does anyone out there have any experience with filling their speaker stands with either lead shot or sand? I have the B&W stands for the 805's and need to fill them immediately, and would rather get it right the first time. Muchos gracias amigos.
Hi Bmp; Lead is MUCH heavier and therefore better. Orb's suggestion to fill lead voids with sand is good but messy. If you use small, eg #9 lead shot, there is not much room for sand. Using shot did wonders for my Vand. 2Ces several years ago. Cheers, Craig
All of the comments confirm my personal experience. I do mix sand with the #7 or #9 lead shot for fill. However, the type of sand makes a big difference. I find that silica sand, used for sandblasting is the best. The silica sand used for this purpose must be completely free from every possible contamination, and its sharp, but odd shape packs in with the lead to form a very dense package for damping. Redkiwi is correct in stating that the results may vary. Everything done to your system that affects resonances, can go either way. It greatly depends on your environment, the audio equipment, and even the brand and design of the stand. In short, this is certainly worth experimenting with, for the potential gain to be had for such a small investment. One last thing, I suggest you get a disposable pan from an auto supply place, the type used for do it yourself oil changes. Be sure to wear a disposable mask and fill the stands (or whatever) over the disposable pan. If the tiny lead pellets spill on your floor, wether carpeted or hard, you will regret it!
I am going to experiment with a hot lead pour- only 'cause I have access to a factory that produces and ships lead in all forms aywhere around the world (and they said they can do it). They will mix it with ~ 3% antimony (an impurity), otherwise the lead will 'shrink' too much inside the stands. You can't beat the density using this method!!- But who knows, perhaps I will get to the factory, and end up with lead shot like everyone else. Oh well, I thought it was a cool idea! If I do actually do it, I'll try and remember to let you know how it turns out. By the way- here's an interesting fact- pure lead weighs .4092 lbs/cubic inch. Goood luck!! Sutts
Hi Guys, Thanks for all your help and suggestions. I will definitely try the #9 shot (thanks Garfish), and the silica sand, with a mask and a big pan (thanks Albert). Unfortunately, shot seems to be hard to locate in NYC, so I have temporarily put "playground" sand in my B&W stands. Anybody know where I can get lead shot in my area? I am just breaking in my new B&W 805's and if you will forgive the pun, they seem to sound a little "drier" now that the stands have been filled.(Redkiwi)Thanks for making me aware of the possible liabilities. The sound does seem a little bit more closed in, but it is early in the a.m. and volume is low and the speakers need to be placed more precicely, so I will check into it later in the day. My room is 20 X 12, and my floors are wood, which "gives" a little, with an 8 X 10 rug and the usual assortment of furnishings. Do you think I should use the spikes instead of the rubber stickies on the bottom of my stands to counteract an uneven and slightly "floppy" floor?
Sackrete Contractor Grade Fine at Home Depot is uniform and dry (they keep it inside unlike the kiddie sand) and slides right thru a flunnel ~ $4 for 50lbs. My two-column targets took 20 lbs. each and no regrets. Don't forget to stick your 805's to the top plates lest you knock them off. Has anyone tried 90 weight gear oil :-)