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Lee Loader Type of Tool for Shotgun Slugs?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by dmftoy1, Jul 23, 2007.

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  1. dmftoy1

    dmftoy1 Member

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    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
     
  2. kid_couteau

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    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
     
  3. Ranger J

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    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
     
  4. dmftoy1

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    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.
     
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    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.

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    These shot quite well. That's the 7/8 once slug, they also make one a little heavier, IIRC, one ounce.
     
  6. dmftoy1

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    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
     
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    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:
     
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    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
     
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    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.
     
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    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
     
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    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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