Shot shell reloading of a different type!


May 15, 2012, 02:40 AM
My dad, God Bless his soul, died on April 12th, 1996 had shared a moment of much enjoyed clay busting several years prior to his death at age 79. Prior to that special day, my Dad and I had never shared a single moment bonding, and he had never fired a gun in his life. I don't remember him ever enjoying himself as he did on that day, much less spending it together as Father and Son. So as a tribute to our only special moment, and having carried his creamated remains with me for all these years wondering what would be the most memorable manner in which to spread his dust, I and came up with an idea tonight that would seem appropiate for both of us. So my plan is to load him up in some clay loads and use them to shoot a round in the middle of no where, my back yard.

I just thought that my friends here at THR could share their thoughts or support regarding this idea. I know it might seem morbid to some here, but a simple word of support from one or two opened minded friends would help me assemble a simple and safe recipe to carry out my plan.

Thanks for your ear and ideas as to a safe recipe using 12 ga. 2 3/4" AA, Gold Medal, or STS hulls, mec 600 JR. and either Longshot or HS6 on hand. I have every powder bushing and shot bar mec offers so the only information I need is how I will combine the remains with the shot safely.

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May 15, 2012, 02:46 AM
Great idea, and not as uncommon as you may think.

Just load some shot as normal, and add a pinch or two just before your crimping, after your shot drop.

Do you need an actual reloading recipe, or just a mod with "relic flavor" ?

May 15, 2012, 05:04 AM
I think that is a great idea too, and spreading a loved one's ashes with a firearm is done quite often.

May 15, 2012, 09:18 AM
Great idea. There's a company that does it in my neck of the woods. I believe they go by the name of Holy Smoke.

May 15, 2012, 01:43 PM
Actually Blarby, I have tons of recipes, I was more so wondering how I could safely add the cremated gravel like remains to the loads. Contrary to what some may think, cremated remains are very course.

I really appreciate ya all's support in this. My Wife and I have been carrying Dad around with us for a long time now, so I think it's time to part with him.

Something kind of funny happened about 10 yrs. ago. One of us dropped the glass jar which broke, and my German Short Hair Pointer started eating the remains. So I don't have all of him left, but still enough for a good 25 shells or more.


May 15, 2012, 02:24 PM
You might have to stack the shot weight by hand- split it into two groups, and drop the weight about a 1/4 of an ounce..

Pile in half your shot, then the remains ( less than a quarter ounce), then the rest of the shot.

May 15, 2012, 06:50 PM
My GSH Pointer will eat anything, too! Gotta watch him close.

I like blarby's idea. Or maybe use the remains as a 'filler' in a recipe that uses a filler?

Let us know what you choose and how it works out. I might put the recipe in my will!

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