Shotgun slugs?


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madmike
November 8, 2006, 02:22 PM
I used to help my father reload for trap.

I'm going to start reloading myself to save money at the range.

A couple of ranges only allow slugs. They're free ranges, but slugs are pricey. Is it worth reloading them and what gear do I need for it?

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November 8, 2006, 02:41 PM
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madmike
November 8, 2006, 02:45 PM
Awesome, thanks.

griz
November 9, 2006, 12:30 AM
If you can cast bullets you can alsol get the Lee slug mold and use that. They are loaded in a regular wad, so are very affordable.

madmike
November 9, 2006, 12:39 AM
How's the accuracy?

ReloaderFred
November 9, 2006, 01:00 AM
I cast and load the Lyman 525 grain, 12 gauge slug. It uses AA wads and hulls and from my shotgun set up for slugs, it will put three of them into 3" at 100 yards. At 50 yards, they will cloverleaf.

I suggest buying the Lyman Shotshell Loading Manual. There are instructions for loading anything that will go into a shotshell hull in it.

Hope this helps.

Fred

madmike
November 9, 2006, 02:30 AM
Outstanding. Thanks.

Clark
November 9, 2006, 03:23 AM
Buying slugs can cost as much as slug ammo ~60 cents/ shot.

The factory ammo is way more accurate than I would have guessed.
A 3" group at 50 yards is all I can do with a good AR15, and the slugs will do that too.

And the holes are big.

I am now buying some all brass shells for slugs.
http://www.buffaloarms.com/browse.cfm/2,314.html
I will need to have larger wads.
http://www.circlefly.com/html/body_wad_sizing_chart.html

I have the lead ball and Lee moulds, but I want to make some slugs
I have developed a 2 oz. frangible slug for the Quiet Gun that breaks into over 600 pieces when striking an object. Ricochet tests have been conducted at approximately 2 degrees to a hard surface to prove that the slug is ricochet proof, even off ice. By using the frangible slug with the Quiet Slug Gun, a safe, quiet means of deer hunting is possible in crowded, sensitive areas. This concept is being field tested for deer removal by government agencies in Minnesota. The Quiet Gun is not ready for commercial production at this time.
- Wendell Diller, Inventor

I think I could make my own Glaser 12 ga ammo with shotgun pellets, a Copper cup, and epoxy.

madmike
November 9, 2006, 10:09 AM
Good frangible ammo is hard to make without proper industrial tools. I'd be reluctant to experiment on something that large at home. Though if you start with pistol calibers and work up...

griz
November 9, 2006, 11:34 AM
If the 2 ounce slug breaks into 600 equal pieces, each will weigh 23 grains. If the pieces were random, some of the "safe" chunks would be more powerful than a 22LR. I don't have any more info than that short blurb, so maybe it's better than they claim.

gns4me
November 9, 2006, 12:40 PM
I mold and load the Lee key slug. Accuracy is ok but you have to bee set up for shotgun slugs. If you shoot them out of a smooth bore with no rifle choke then it is acceptable at 50 yd's. I wanted to load a "tactical" slug load with reduced recoil for faster follow up shots. The slugs load with regular trap wad's and trap/skeet hulls. the mold comes with loading info also.

Clark
November 10, 2006, 02:51 AM
If the 2 ounce slug breaks into 600 equal pieces, each will weigh 23 grains. If the pieces were random, some of the "safe" chunks would be more powerful than a 22LR. I don't have any more info than that short blurb, so maybe it's better than they claim.

I love posts with math:)

#7 shot weighs more like 2 grains per pellet
http://www.thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=163118

redneck2
November 10, 2006, 08:27 AM
If the 2 ounce slug breaks into 600 equal pieces, each will weigh 23 grains. It's right, give or take a decimal point:D

griz
November 10, 2006, 10:28 PM
[embarassment] OK, I see my mistake, and a big one at that. I guess it's two mistakes: I got an answer 16 times bigger than it should have been, and I did math in public!!:o Sorry [end embarassmen]

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