making your own slugs

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  1. moneymaker17

    moneymaker17 New Member

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    Hey, i wanted your input on making your own slugs out of bird shot, bacially buying 100 rounds and taking the birdshot out melting it, putting it into a slug form and putting it back in the gun. has anyone here done it?
    should i attempt to do it?:eek:
    saftey i should know about?
    Thanks!
     
  2. deathkricket

    deathkricket New Member

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    It will take a lot of heat and equipment to even begin to try that, not to mention the casting and all to ensure proper diameter and all, unless you already have everything you need, its not even worth trying. If your logic behind it is a hard slug unlike lead foster type slugs, there are many already out there for you to choose from and save you the trouble of buring your house down or blowing a gun up in your face, heres a few slugs that have very awsome penetration and are harder then your average slug.

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  3. moneymaker17

    moneymaker17 New Member

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    im just talking about soft lead. just buying a cast iron pour thing:confused::confused: and heating up with a little propain torch.
    since slugs are alot of money. well cheaper than birdshot
     
  4. freefall

    freefall New Member

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    Buying slugs sounds cheap compared to what you're talking about.
     
  5. deathkricket

    deathkricket New Member

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    I guess if you already had all the equip for reloading, then you could just buy a slug cast (from where i have no idea) and cast your own, but in the end your just saving pennies on the doller after buying your primers and powder etc. i dont know if there is a cabella's where you live but they have really cheap slugs, like 2 to 3 bucks for a box of 5, bout the same as the generic military 00 buck. I have tryed to cast lead before and i will tell you this, it isnt as easy as TV makes it look, its a pain in the ***.
     
  6. targetback

    targetback New Member

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    I make my own, buy some slugs from balistic prod, and slugs are us , they all work , I also load sabots , You need very good guns with good barrels.pure lead with the lee mold works good and it comes with loading formulas. I have fun with it but also Carefull.
     
  7. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    No. That's the short no.

    No. There is more to reloading than melting shot, and stuffing it back into the shell. How will you reseal the shell? Notice that seal of a slug and a shot round are different? Most rifled slugs are hollow- for a reason. Slugs do not have shot cups- your birdshot load does. That is the long no.

    BTW, I do cast some of my own bullets- but there is more to it than what you have described. No.
     
  8. moneymaker17

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    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnRAxZ0N5EQ]YouTube - Shotgun 1oz Slug Loading 16-03-10.wmv[/ame]
     
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    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tH9uRB42lys&feature=fvw]YouTube - RELOADING SHOTSHELLS LEE LOAD-All SHOTGUN CARTRIDGE[/ame]
     
  10. amoroque

    amoroque New Member

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    Just my 2 cents here. If you're going to do anything with ammunition that goes bang 2-12 inches from your head, please do it right.

    There is a right way to do this. The right way to do this would be to buy a reloading manual, a shot shell press and componets so that you are confident that what you are shooting is safe.

    I would reccomed buying shotgun slugs until you are able to purchase the above.
     
  11. targetback

    targetback New Member

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    Slugs

    If a person gets all his or her supplys from one dealer slugs can be reloaded without a press (1) CLEAR HULLS PRIMED (2)POWDER PER FORMULA.(3)DGS WITH WAD AS ONE(4) ROLL CRIMP. The thing is to read over the instructions and do it right start slow be carefull. It might take some practice.
     
  12. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    The short answer is, you need a bunch more information before you embark on this endeavor.

    Bird shot is between 2 and 9% Antimony. For a slug, you want less than 1% antimony. Antimony is a hardening agent for lead. Slugs need to be soft to seal properly and shoot well. My preferred alloy is 20-1 lead to tin for slugs. Tin will harden lead a little but it makes it pour better and fill out the mould properly.

    I have loaded shotshells for nearly 35 years (yeah, I'm, getting old). I just started on the slugs this year. I have cast bullets for 26 years and just started casting slugs this year.

    You have quite a learning curve ahead of you before you get into this. Purchase "The Cast Bullet Handbook" and read it cover to cover before you consider getting started.