Originally Posted by Nickwashere
Not really alot of talk on shot shell reloading available.. I got a lee load all 2 press for christmas and want to load a few duck loads. It all seems fairly simple (press is a little cheap looking, all plastic but gets good reviews) I've got a lyman shot shell reloading manual, clay buster wads, bpi over shot cards and bpi #6 steel shot ordered. I was going to get powder and primers after I get my manual.. Any other suggestions on items I will need before reloading? I am a little intimidated by the amount of different types of wads available so I stuck with basics.. Also can you reuse once fired factory hulls or do you have to buy them special (i seen brass hulls on midway, whats up with that?) and lastly can I mix shot sizes? (#4 and #6 would make the ultimate load for me) any suggestions from an experienced shot shell reeloader would be great. I can already see I will need to eventually get a mec press
1st - Read the section in that Lyman manual regarding "Why steel shot is different". Bet those Clay Buster wads are for lead shot only. Make sure you have a wad designed for steet shot or you could damage your barrel and choke.
There are so many ways to fill a shotshell hull. Shotshell reloading recipes basically give you a combination of powder + wad + shot such that you can get that column to end up at the right height in that specific hull
to crimp it and keep it crimped.
Yes you can reuse hulls - some can shot and reused several times.
Yes you can mix shot sizes, but IME, the mixed load that results is not as effective as the same load with the just smaller size shot. As the larger shot will retain more velocity, thus:
If loaded on top of the shot column, it leaves the smaller shot behind or
if loaded at the bottom of the shot column, it knocks the smaller shot out of its way messing up the overall pattern.
You'll do fine with that lee loader as long as your loading for a pump, single or O/U shotgun. That MEC hull sizer is best if loading for a semi-auto.