Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by barnfrog, Dec 9, 2021.
As I did the first time, I bet you had a twinge of uncertainty whether you may have made a mistake or not loading that round. Definitely a confidence builder when the results are there!
I have yet to take an animal with a hand loaded center fire round. Did get one with a flintlock once, so sorta but not quite the same.
I only hunt with my reloads, mostly because I'm cheap (not "thrifty", I'm cheap). There aren't many opportunities to harvest a deer, so it's nice to know the round is going to go "bang" when needed. The modern tipped rounds are awesome for humanely putting down a deer. Had two DRT this year.
The younger, smaller bucks taste better to me - not so tough, less testosterone.
I refer to them as vealison.
I did it several years back and at this point have killed substantially more deer with handloads than factory loads.
Now I'm trying to get one with a cast bullet out of a handgun, or with buckshot that I cast myself.
It's a fun goal.
Now there's a new one on me. How tall are you going to build your shot tower?
Congratulations! Good Job! Like someone else said, thats quite a confidence builder.
You don't need a shot tower for buckshot, down to "0" Buck; it can be molded.
I have the #4. Works well.
I’ve been using a 0.31” round ball mold to make #1Buck for decades.
No need for a shot tower.
I was kidding about the shot tower, but it would be pretty cool, wouldn't it?
Congratulations! It's definitely a good feeling taking game with handloads.
I wish I could have gone out this year for rifle season, but I caught COVID soon after Thanksgiving, and come out of quarantine on the last day (Saturday! Woohoo!). I hunt on shared land, so I just didn't want to put myself in a position where I could spread it. Oh well, there's always next year!
As has been said, there are buckshot molds. Lee makes pretty inexpensive ones, and their stuff seems to work well.
I'm wanting one from Marty's Arms, those look really good.
Right now, I'm using a 2 cavity .31 caliber Lee round ball mold. That puts the buck between a #1 and 0. I can get 18 of them in a 3" hull, loaded with a stiff charge of 800X.
They pattern well.
But let me just tell you, it takes a really long time to cast up enough of them to do a loading session. lol
.243 Winchester. 42.2 grains of IMR 4350 has them traveling just over 3100 fps out of my rifle.
Nice. I was hoping you were shooting a .25-06. I'd love to try the 80 gr TTSX in that cartridge. I believe the MV should be about 3,500 fps.
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