Reloading shot loads for handguns


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addedpulp
September 8, 2011, 04:47 PM
I've seen some info on it, but never any products. For, say, .38sp or .357, does anyone reload shot shell loads?

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squarles67
September 8, 2011, 04:56 PM
I've never used them but Speer makes plastic shot capsules for making revolver loads

Robert101
September 8, 2011, 05:04 PM
I reloaded them for snakes and just general shooting fun. I didn't really see that much of a use beyond that. They are fun and work fine in revolvers or first shot in a semi-auto. Easy to reload too.

DaveRuhlig
September 8, 2011, 05:31 PM
Never done it either, but here's the link to Speer. Let us know if you do it how it works out. i just might have to cook some up myself.
-dave

http://www.speer-bullets.com/products/components/empty_shot_capsules.aspx

Bailey Boat
September 8, 2011, 06:31 PM
You can get the plastic capsules from most reloading sources and the receipes are usually printed on the package. I have found that they usually pattern better from shorter barrels (2-3") than from longer barrels as the added length and rifling add spin and cause the patterns to resemble doughnuts.

oneounceload
September 8, 2011, 07:15 PM
Not hard to do - the recipes are on the box

FROGO207
September 8, 2011, 11:33 PM
I have done this with the Speer capsules in 38 and 44. They work passably and you can load them a LOT cheaper than buying finished rounds cost.

kingmt
September 8, 2011, 11:40 PM
I just use a over powder card that I cut from thin cardboard(cereal box) then put the shot in a paper jacket. I use to seal the end with wax but I just started using hot glue. I've been meaning to pick up some liquid glue for a while.

tango2echo
September 9, 2011, 01:22 AM
That is what I do for .45LC. I bought a HFT hollow punch set, knocked out a couple hundred cards from a cereal box, and used the load data from the Speer package. I seal the overshot card with a dab of hot glue. They work perfect and pattern much better than the Speer capsules. I usually use #11 shot and can get a 70% pattern of about 12" at 12ft from a 5.5" bbl. Perfect for rodents and snakes. For birds I use #9 shot which gives a 20" pattern at 20ft. I tried #7.5 shot but the patterns were all over the place and there was such a low shot density that I gave up on it.

t2e

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