Quantcast
  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Reloading #4 Buckshot

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by miichael, Jan 31, 2013.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. miichael

    miichael Member

    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2013
    Messages:
    9
    Ok Guys and gals im new here and i got a question about re-loading buckshot. I currently load birdshot loads and have never loaded any buckshot. My current load for birdshot is

    Hull: Remington STS
    Shot: 1 1/4 oz. shot (546 gr.)
    Poweder:Hodgdon Longshot powder 30.1 Grains
    Primer: Win 209
    Wad: WAA12F114
    PSI: 10,400
    FPS: 1385

    Now my question is can i load this safe?

    Hull: Remington STS
    Shot: 25 #4 Buckshot (518 gr.)
    Poweder:Hodgdon Longshot powder 30.1 Grains
    Primer: Win 209
    Wad: WAA12F114
    PSI: ??????
    FPS: ??????

    I know most books call for 27 pellets with WAA12R wad but 25 pellets fit perfect using the same WAA12F114 wad. I always thought shot size didn't matter it was total weight but some people say that isnt true. I dont care about how tight of a pattern just wanting to load up a box or two for home defense purpose.

    Thanks,
    Mike
     
  2. gamestalker

    gamestalker member

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2008
    Messages:
    9,832
    Location:
    SW Arizona
    Michael, I'll dig out my shot shell data book and get back to ya in the morning. I happen to love Longshot for my shotshell hunting loads and have loaded that same #4 buck load using STS hulls. But I don't recall off the top of my head which wad, and, or, if the use of any cards is needed with it.

    My Sons nick named that 1 -1/4 oz. Longshot load your using, as an SOL (speed of light) because they really fly fast and knock down pheasants very well.

    GS
     
  3. miichael

    miichael Member

    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2013
    Messages:
    9
    thanks let me know what data you have for loading with longshot. I hate buying a lb of powder just to load up 40 or so shells. I know 25 pellets of #4 fits good in the WAA12F114 but no way will 27 go in there. They crimp pretty good to. i also tried out a load with 25 pellets using a WAA12R and it had a little better crimp.
     
  4. miichael

    miichael Member

    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2013
    Messages:
    9
    my main question is can you load buckshot using birdshot data as long as the buckshot weigh the same as the bird shot??

    For example

    Hull: Remington STS
    Shot: 1 1/4 oz. shot (546 gr.)
    Poweder:Hodgdon Longshot powder 30.1 Grains
    Primer: Win 209
    Wad: WAA12F114
    PSI: 10,400
    FPS: 1385

    Can i substitute 546grains of buckshot instead of 546gr of birdshot and use same data?
     
  5. miichael

    miichael Member

    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2013
    Messages:
    9
    still no answers but i did find one load using longshot powder. different primer and wad but more weight and powder than i was gonna use so i should be fine.

    [​IMG]
     
  6. GE-Mini-Gun

    GE-Mini-Gun Member

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2004
    Messages:
    110
    Location:
    Virginia
    Yes. The powder, primer and wad do not know the difference between shot size. As long as the shot weight charge is the same your good to go.
     
  7. oneounceload

    oneounceload member

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2008
    Messages:
    15,710
    Location:
    Hot and Humid FL
    You will need to hand place the pellets as they most likely will not fit through the drop tube on the reloader.

    Since your payload is slightly less than the other, you should be fine.

    Whether you should use reloads for HD is another thread
     
  8. Taurus 617 CCW

    Taurus 617 CCW Member

    Joined:
    May 25, 2003
    Messages:
    1,598
    Location:
    Northern Idaho
  9. miichael

    miichael Member

    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2013
    Messages:
    9
    25 of my casted pellets actually weigh 510gr. i weigh out my pellets and dont count them. it easier for me to weigh my shot than count out 25. i just get digital scale zeroed with powder scoop on there and start dropping pellets. they range from 506gr to 514gr per 25
     
  10. 303tom

    303tom member

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2011
    Messages:
    4,059
    Location:
    Missouri
    What do you or do you use a buffer, I use #12 shot, makes 1&3/8 oz. rounds, right around 1100 fps..............
     
  11. miichael

    miichael Member

    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2013
    Messages:
    9
    I don't use any buffer. I just pour in the pellets and tap them down and try to make top layer as level as possible for a good crimp. Tried using the waa12r red wad and 25 fit better in those wads. Could get 26 in with those wads but I just loaded 25.
     
  12. oneounceload

    oneounceload member

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2008
    Messages:
    15,710
    Location:
    Hot and Humid FL
    Cheap buffer,if you want, would be Cheerios crushed up
     
  13. miichael

    miichael Member

    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2013
    Messages:
    9
    So how do you apply the crushed cheerios just put shot in and add buffer and shake buffer down in with shot?
     
  14. oneounceload

    oneounceload member

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2008
    Messages:
    15,710
    Location:
    Hot and Humid FL
    Just about. When I reloaded 3/4 in 7/8 wads, I placed one on top and then crimped. It worked out fine.
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page