Lee Loader Type of Tool for Shotgun Slugs?


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dmftoy1
July 23, 2007, 08:49 AM
I was sighting in my slug gun for deer season and it occurred to me that at $2 and some change per shot it's not cheap to do any real practice ..and the trigger on the shotgun is definately not "rifle-esque".

Anyway, it occurred to me that if there was some sort of cheap lee loader type of tool that I could reload I could cast my own slugs and do a bit of practice.

Just curious ..I took a quick gander at the Graf and Son's catalog and didn't see anything "obvious".

Regards,
Dave

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kid_couteau
July 23, 2007, 11:18 AM
The Lee loader used to be made in shotgun but isnt anymore

You can find them on ebay at times.

I am going to be playing with pumpkin ball loads soon.

Take a regular highwall brass case

Use a shotcup that the wings have been cut off of

Place a 69 caliber round ball in and cover with corn meal for buffer then crimp

Only use in cylinder bore though or you will blow out your choke.

Not as accurate as a regular slug I hear but fun.

See ya
Kid

Ranger J
July 23, 2007, 04:17 PM
Lee also makes a cast them yourself mold for 12 ga. foster type slugs. I load them in AA hulls and AA wads and get comparable to factory loads accuracy at not near the cost.

RJ

dmftoy1
July 23, 2007, 09:05 PM
Thanks! I've got a bid in on one so maybe I'll get lucky. I suspect that they'll go for way more than I want to spend on one knowing Ebay.

I was looking at molds and Lyman has a nice one but at $51 that looks like alot of money if I'm thinking of spending $10 for the tools. :) I might have to take a look at the Lee Mold . .for $19 that's alot more reasonable.

snuffy
July 24, 2007, 03:54 AM
Dave, take a gander at this loader, from Lee.
http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpage.exe/productview?saleitemid=436640&t=11082005

That in conjunction with the lee "key slug mold" also from lee, will let you make as many slug loads as your shoulder can tolerate!:uhoh::scrutiny: They go right in a standard shot cup, and you can use a star type of crimp to close the shell.

http://photos.imageevent.com/jptowns/terrysoops/websize/P1010021.JPG

http://photos.imageevent.com/jptowns/terrysoops/websize/P1010020.JPG

These shot quite well. That's the 7/8 once slug, they also make one a little heavier, IIRC, one ounce.

dmftoy1
July 24, 2007, 08:56 AM
So if you go that route, does the lee machine give you a good way of priming/depriming? I've never used a lee loader but that's the only bit that has me a bit concerned. (eg. hammering a primer into place. :) )

I'm also trying to avoid adding another machine to the loading bench, but I guess I could go that route as it's not too expensive.

Have a good one,
Dave

snuffy
July 24, 2007, 02:44 PM
So if you go that route, does the lee machine give you a good way of priming/depriming? I've never used a lee loader but that's the only bit that has me a bit concerned. (eg. hammering a primer into place. )


If you mean with the classic lee handloader, then yes the depriming and re-priming is done with a plastic mallet. Far less likely to set off a shotshell primer than with centerfire metallic primers.

I started out back in '63 with a classic loader in 8X57 Mauser. I did manage to pop a few primers until I learned to ease the primers in with 2-3 mild taps, instead of one big whack!:what::eek:

If you meant the current lee load-all, it deprimes and seats, as well as sizing. I can see not wanting to add another machine to the loading bench, they get cluttered fast, don't they?!:uhoh:

dmftoy1
July 25, 2007, 06:55 AM
LOL - when I got back into reloading for the second time I built a bench that was at least 3 times what I thought I needed after getting advice here . . .now with a progressive, a single stage and a vice all mounted to the bench permanently I wish I had made it 20 foot long . . of course that would've blocked a doorway that I have to use. :)

I did read about some nice mounts on another website that look really good but they're a bit pricey. (probably about right for the amount of work involved though

http://www.wideviewscopemount.com/thompsontoolmount/home.html

Have a good one,
Dave

scout26
July 25, 2007, 08:21 AM
The Lee Loader is a good tool for this.

If you don't want to cast your own slugs, you can get them from Jim at http://gardnerscache.com/12_gauge_sabot_slugs.html

He also does a lot of the gun shows in Illinois. Give him a call, nice guy to do business with.

dmftoy1
July 26, 2007, 06:49 AM
Thanks for that link! I've never seen him at a gunshow down here in Central Illinois but I'll keep looking.

Have a good one,
Dave

Ranger J
July 26, 2007, 12:12 PM
Years ago when I was shooting doves a lot I loaded thousands of rounds with the classic loader and never had a primer go on me. I liked the set up so well that when I started loading center fire cartridges I bought one for several calibers. After having several large pistol primers go off, a harmless but startling experience I changed to a single stage bench press.

RJ

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