Buckshot load data.


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Darkside
March 24, 2005, 12:54 PM
Does anyone have any load data, and tips, that they would share using buckshot?

I was given a MEC 600 and would like to set it up for loading buckshot loads. I have loaded thousands of shotshells for sporting clays, but this is my first dabble in using shot larger than 7 1/2.

I want a load mainly for coyotes and was thinking of using #4 buck in my Benelli M1S90, if that matters.

Thanks

Darkside

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45crittergitter
March 24, 2005, 02:33 PM
I suggest you get a copy of the "Statistics and Pellet Ballistics" pamphlet from Ballistic Products, Inc. About $9.

kudu
March 24, 2005, 05:28 PM
I would suggest loading #2's or BB's for coyote, but if you do load #4 buck you will have to lay them in by hand as they won't feed through a shot bottle. You will also need some bufferring like grex to keep the shot or buck from deforming to bad.

I have some data on #4 buck somewhere that I loaded, but I don't know where it is buried. :rolleyes:

Check here for some data. http://www.hodgdon.com/data/shotshel/index.php

http://recipes.alliantpowder.com/rg.taf?_function=buckshot&step=1

http://recipes.alliantpowder.com/rg.taf?_function=shotgun&gauge=12&step=1

I would still recommend 2's or BB's for coyote sized critters out to 60 yards+.

sm
March 24, 2005, 05:40 PM
kudu,
Gives good advice.

I have no idea where my old loading data went. Of course now the Win powders don't exist and many new powders and recipes are avail.

Back then...when I didn't use or out of Grex, I used Flour, Malto-Meal, or Grits for buffering.

Darkside
March 25, 2005, 12:59 PM
Thanks, For the links and tips. That will give me a place to start.

Back in my highschool/collage days we did a lot of coyote hunting. I always liked a shotgun, loaded with #4B, laying accross my lap for the ones that come in TOO fast to get the scope on them.

Darkside

Intel6
March 25, 2005, 03:05 PM
I cast and load my own buckshot & slugs. With buck I weigh the pellets I am going to load, pick an appropriate powder charge and then find the wad that will let the load crimp properly.

Sam
March 29, 2005, 06:02 PM
Most of the book loads I have found for buck haven't paterned for crap.
I got the funny idea that it was trying for the extra 200 fps that was doing it and started subbing buck for 7 1/2s in my favorite trap load. The shot charge was significantly lighter than the 7 1/2 even after adding grex. They patterned beautifully and still had enough whaa to penetrate 3/4" plywood past 100 yards. You might try it.
I load mine in AA hulls with the white AA wad and 17 gr Red Dot. For me it has not been primer sensitive and makes 1190 FPS.


Sam

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