GUN Shotshell handloading?

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  1. The Cable Guy

    The Cable Guy New Member

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    Seeing as prices for 00Buck and Slugs are approaching, if not exceeding $1 a round :ugh: Whats a good kit for handloading shotshells? and are shotshell components hard to find right now?
     
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    not even yar is baller enough to reload shotshells.

    although he mostly shoots birdshot
     
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    I'm thinking of just getting a Lee Load All.
     
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    Everything I've read indicates that there's a negative cost advantage to loading your own shotshells in any load that's readily available on the market. Unless you want to load oddball loads that can only be sourced randomly once every other year at a price that makes you weep, the big producers can beat your shotshell handloading setup every day of the week.

    Others with experience in this field may contradict me...

    Given that shotshells are crowding pistol and rifle ammo off shelves at sporting goods retailers, why bother?
     
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    Box of 25 birdshot rounds $7-8 :ugh:

    Buckshot and slugs are 70+ cents
     
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    If done right, buying in bulk, picking up hulls, and getting deals you can save money loading your own shotshells. Like all reloading it should not only be about money savings, it's about better ammo.

    I don't load shotshells because I only have so many hours to reload. That right now is better spent on rifle and pistol for a number of reasons. First shotshell takes a lot of room. I have limited space so no room for all those hulls, big bags of shot, etc.

    The comercial offerings are readiliy availaibe and reasonably priced by todays standards.

    Federal 100 shell value packs at walmart for $22.
    Case of 250 slugs or buckshot for $150.
     
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    We used to reload shotgun shells. Haven't for about 3 years due to the cost difference not really being there. Plus we went from around 100k rounds per year to around 5k (dad and I)
     
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    Because of the cost and and availibility of buckshot shotshells and fully aware of the potential hate to follow, I reload for my defensive shotgun ONLY by using cheap Wallyworld Federal #8, removing the shot, and replacing it with the shot of my choice.

    Using an exacto knife and a very small screwdriver, it is extremely easy to un-crimp the end, remove the shot, replace it with the shot size of your choice, and re-crimp the end.

    Just make sure the replacement shot is equal or less in weight of the shot you are replacing. Your mileage and legality for such an activity may vary, depending upon where in Amerika you live.
     
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    Not a bad idea, maybe I could melt down the lead from the shot and just re-cast them :eek3:
     
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    Now you are thinking!

    I save the replaced lead for just that purpose, or to trade with someone else who actually reloads for bird or skeet.

    I tend to reload steel ball, as the groups are tighter and at the realistic short shot range the collateral penetration can be more effectively controlled with smaller sized shot and a lighter powder charge over commercially sold buckshot from 00 to at least #4.

    You can play with different loads at the range without breaking the bank and come up with a low cost defense round that you like. After all, it is just a shotgun.

    In the old west days, if people still had powder, and no shot, gravel became the shot of choice....
     
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    Load of dimes :eek3:
     
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    No, big frigging chunks of rock salt with some of the #8 shot you just poured out poured back in to take up the void spaces...
     
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    HAHA. Box of truth#35
     
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    So I'm going with the Buy Bulk birdshot loads, empty them out, reload with 00buck or other.

    I'm thinking a hand press should suffice, but about re-crimping, what kind of dies or crimpers would I need?
     
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    Any insight on this? Should I just get a lee load all?

    BTW, would I need to switch wads for switching from #7.5 shot to 00buck?
     
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    My uncle loads shotshells on a Dillon 1000 for trap.

    I'll ask him what he does and post later.
     
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    Thanks.
     
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    Not from what I read. Just depends on what components and hulls you are using. I am going to reload 7.5 and 00 this weekend for the first time on my Dads lee load all.

    I got the Lyman #5 shotshell manual and it has allot of different combos of components to use.....

    Pick of what I have gotten at local shops (cept the hulls - Have a wallyworld bag of AA shells to use to):

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