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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.
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