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Ejecting/Re-using Shells

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by Good Ol' Boy, Mar 14, 2021.

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  1. Good Ol' Boy

    Good Ol' Boy Member

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    So some folks (myself included) don't like the idea of re-using ejected rounds of ammo from pistol/rifle centerfire or rimfire cartridges.

    My question is does the same thought process apply to shotgun shells?

    I've got a HD 12g that I haven't shot in a while and was wondering about getting the SD ammo out of it to shoot some more economical ammo given the times we're in.


    Thoughts?
     
  2. CoalCrackerAl

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    Reloaders use the hulls over. As well as ejected brass from rifles and pistol. So why not reload your shotgun hulls for a more econimcel round?
     
  3. 1911JAS

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    What is your concern about using the ejected round? Dammage from the extractor? While hunting, if I dont fire the round it gets ejected and used again.
     
  4. Good Ol' Boy

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    Damage from the ejector as well as set back from re-chambering.

    Obviously the set back issue wouldn't seem to be a concern with shot gun shells but ejector damage could be?
     
  5. George P

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    Stop worrying and replace your expensive SD rounds and go shoot some fun stuff
     
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  6. Barbaroja

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    I feel your fears are unfounded. Have you measured your ejected rounds and found any setback?
     
  7. Armored farmer

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    I dinna fash?
    Its not uncommon to load quality hulls a dozen times. I used to load them until I had to patch up the crimp with a bit of masking tape to keep the shot inside the hull.
    I would give them a quick eyeballin' and cull the tired ones before they went on the turret.
     
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  8. The Happy Kaboomer

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    Ejected live rounds work as good as any other ammo. Chambering doesn't effect anything. I don't see your concern.
     
  9. Armored farmer

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    I believe you're asking about ejecting loaded rounds from your shotgun?
    No worries. Whatsoever.
     
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  10. Odd Job

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    If that was me I wouldn't worry about rechambering shotshell cartridges. The only concern I have had is with magazine-fed guns: in some cases I have seen hulls take on an out-of-round "set" if loaded into a stiff magazine. In one shooting session I saw rim marks on the brass of the cartridge underneath, caused during loading of the magazine. I'm not certain that either of those two conditions would make things worse upon reloading into a magazine or chambering.
     
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  11. edwardware

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    I have no idea what the thought process is, so I can only speculate if it might apply to shotgun shells.

    If you believe the unfired cartidge's bitter disappointment at being denied an honorable death the first chambering will lead to poor performance, I guess the same reasoning applies.
     
  12. FL-NC

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    I have done it with about every type of ammunition, as long as it wasn't damaged.
     
  13. Fine Figure of a Man

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    I must not be understanding the question. How could quality ammo be damaged by ejection from any properly functioning firearm?
     
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  14. George P

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    I always used a dab of candle wax. I have loaded some missing 1 petal from the top with success..................it's when they split down the side they get trashed.
     
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  15. Old Shooter

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    If you are concerned about one of your HD rounds not going bang when you really need it, I would just shoot those rounds for the practice/reliability factors and then shoot the target rounds. After the target practice just load up with fresh HD ammo and sleep soundly at night.
     
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  16. Sovblocgunfan

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    Eject it and load it up again later. It won’t hurt a thing.
     
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    I have the remnants of two boxes of Turkey loads that have been in and out of my Turkey gun several times per season for the past 10+ years. I am a lousy turkey hunter so they get loaded and unloaded a lot before they get shot. Never an issue.
     
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    If I can still chamber it ill shoot it.
     
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    Shotguns, no problem. Semi-auto handguns and rifles, maybe. I had an LCP that I carried in the shop, unloading each day and then putting the ejected round back in the mag. After a week or so I luckily noticed that the oal was shorter than the remaining rounds in the mag. Evidently, the daily chambering had impact shortened the length (hitting feed ramp, etc.) I then quit using the same one in the top. Actually put it on the bottom (marked with magic marker) and did the same successively until it made its way to the top again. Then I shot them at the range and filled the mag with new ammo. anal, probably. But I had had a 39 go kaboom with a 9mm that had telescoped in the case(assumed)
     
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    I leave my HD shotgun "cruiser ready" with empty chamber and full tube of mini shells. Anytime I handle it or clean it those shells have to come out. Now with the mini shells it is pretty easy to pump the action back and flip the live round out the ejection port without it going in the chamber. I hand check each round before they go back in to see if the cartridge stop or some other part damages them during the process. If all the parts do what they are supposed to and not damage the shell, it is no issue to reuse them.
     
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    Only two reasons I don't use ejected loose cartridges:
    1) Obvious damage. Clear setback, tilted bullet, bent case, etc.

    2) Obvious danger potential from the situation: When on a blank range, or indoors and firing all UTM or frangible, ZERO cartridges are picked up loose by anyone when on the range. If it didn't come from the magazine, don't fire it.

    But mostly: Sure. Pick up and reuse. Usually, pocket it and sort, put back in mags, later on.
     
  22. George P

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    This is a shotgun shell, not some metallic round barely held in place by a taper crimp; it is NOT a big deal.
     
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  23. Good Ol' Boy

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    Appreciate the replies folks.

    I'll just check the shells and make sure there's nothing crazy looking.

    I used to just shoot my SD loads out and then use training fodder but things being as they are now I'm not looking to replace SD shells every time I want to shoot.

    Thanks again for the replies. Coming from a more centerfire background you've put me at ease.
     
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  24. ozarkhillbilly

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    I do get the concern with set backs, although it is rare if it does happen it can increase the pressure by a considerable margin. I have seen set back happen when a round gets loaded and unload many many times. I have all so seen set back happen when too much weight has been set on top of a box of ammo, i have a box of 357 sig I purchase several years ago that the box was smashed at one end and 4 of the rounds had developed quit a bit of set back. My solution just look at the rounds before you reload them in your gun or mag, you can see it if it happens.
     
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  25. CoalCrackerAl

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    I totally miss understood the OP. I was thinking reloading spent hulls. :D
     
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