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deadeye199824 08-10-2012 09:31 PM

Reloading shotgun shells
How would I reload a shotgun shell with # 4 Buck shot Like I need to know everything. I am going to try to start reloading them with my great grandpas reloading stuff

mountainman13 08-10-2012 09:46 PM

Start with reading the reloading manual that he should have ;)

deadeye199824 08-10-2012 10:02 PM

well he pasted and no one could find it in his house so I was thinking that some one could posobily tell me how or tell me where I could get a reloading manual in Colorado in the South west portion of it

mountainman13 08-10-2012 10:08 PM

Your local gun store might have them or you can order one online here. The top three are probably the best. They will explain how to do it and everything you need and all the data for whatever you're reloading. It's not something you can just jump into reloading can be very dangerous.

deadeye199824 08-10-2012 10:29 PM

Any Ideas if there is a store in Colorado Springs That would have reloading manuals if not thats ok I have a idea of a place that might have the reloading manula that I am looking for

mountainman13 08-10-2012 10:32 PM

I wouldn't have a clue. You might get someone who knows in the state specific thread.

Virginian 08-10-2012 11:12 PM

Midway has a lot of stuff, including the great Lyman Shotshell reloading manual, and if you get serious Ballistic Products has the VERY good stuff. Do not get cute with reloading recipes. If you have ever seen any gun blow up from a reloading mistake you will know what I mean.

mountainman13 08-10-2012 11:18 PM

robocop10mm 08-11-2012 03:07 AM

I hand load 12 ga buckshot and slugs as well as standard shot shells. Once you get the basics down, it is not a big deal.

The biggest difference from standard shell loading is most loaders will not feed shot that big. You will need to put the shot in the hull by hand. Count each pellet out as you drop them in.

I cast my own slugs as well as single ought and double ought buckshot. I do not know why anyone would want to load #4 buck. To me it is one of the more worthless shot sizes. Too small for defense, not enough individual pellet energy (IMHO).

The Lyman shotshell manual has some pretty good buckshot loads. Remember to use the data EXACTLY as printed. Substituting powders or wads can have catastrophic results.

billt 08-15-2012 12:00 PM


Originally Posted by robocop10mm (Post 900030)
I do not know why anyone would want to load #4 buck. To me it is one of the more worthless shot sizes. Too small for defense, not enough individual pellet energy (IMHO).

Back in the very early 70's when I lived in Illinois, we hunted geese in southern Illinois. I meet a avid goose hunter there once who used a 10 gage 3 1/2" Magnum loaded with #4 Buck. This of course was before all of the non toxic shot laws were passed, and you could hunt with lead. I saw him drop one from at least 70 yards once. That goose folded up like a cheap umbrella, and hit the ground with a "thud". It never moved a muscle. It was hit by 3 of the #4 pellets right in the breast area.

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