September 8, 2006, 09:22 PM
I have used my BP dbl shotgun for skeet a few times. However, others get very impatient with the time it takes me to reload, especially after about halfway when things start to get a little fouled. Anyone have any hints for a faster reload. I already carry small containers with shot and powder already measured. I was wondering if putting in a couple of overpowder cards instead of an overpowder card followed by a fiber wad would speed things up. Would that affect my patterns? Wondering if the cards would allow too much gas to escape into the shot. Pushing that wad down gets a little hard once there is some fouling present.
September 9, 2006, 01:26 AM
Well, I have taken my BP shotgun to hunt alongside modern shotgun shooters . Talk about impatient fellows. So to speed up the loading process, I use 20 gauge cartridges that I make from used bond paper, and a wooden "former" that I sanded to fit the bore with two layers of paper wraped around it. (This gives me a very close fit when I make my cartridges). To load, I tear open the cartridge, and place it in the bore, open end toward the breech. The powder flows into the breech while I remove my ramrod, and I ram down the paper tube on top of the powder to form the wad. Then, I ram down a second cartridge made of newsprint, and filled with shot only. This holds the shot in place like an overshot wad. I don't tear this open as firing will rupture the newsprint without any prep from me. Once done, I cap and am ready. (Note, no lube, so mind the smouldering wads when fire danger is high, eh?) Loads in seconds instead of a couple of minutes. My favorite load is 70 grains of 2Fg with 7/8 oz. of #7.5 lead shot. Hammers pheasant and chukkar from my Pedersoli.
If I was shooting skeet, I'd get a wooden rod, and attach a worm at both ends. One end I'd have a damp (not soaked) patch, and the other I'd have a dry one. At about station four, I'd give the barrels a swipe and a dry, and carry on.
try this link to see how to roll a cartridge:
I use paper I harvest from hardbacks I get for sale at the library for $1.00.
September 9, 2006, 10:20 AM
Thanks LD. That does sound like it would be fairly fast compared to a traditional load. I'll have to try it and see what the patterns are like.
September 9, 2006, 05:50 PM
I use a modern "cushion "wad and put a large dab of lube in the cushion part( between the base and the shot cup). Keeps fouling soft enough to shoot a round without cleaning.
Livin in Texas
September 12, 2006, 09:42 AM
I have always had lots of plastic fouling problems with modern wads. That's why I tried the paper combinations. Getting out the plastic was a b#*ch!
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