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Shotgun reloading

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by redneck2, Dec 20, 2005.

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  1. redneck2

    redneck2 Member

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    been here for a long time. Tons of threads on pistol, rifle. Can't remember the last one on shotgun. Time to plow new ground

    I'm in the process of getting a 10 gauge. Ammo is painfully expensive and rare.

    I have the opportunity to get an almost new MEC for about 1/2 of normal price.

    So......what do I need to know...

    any type of hulls better than another?? any special tips, tricks, or techniques?

    anything to know or know to stay away from would be appreciated

    I do know that you HAVE to stay with a given load combination of primer/powder/hull/wad with no variation. Other than that, I'm a newbie
     
  2. HSMITH

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    Look up Ballistic Specialties and get a catalog. They carry more 10ga stuff than everyone else put together, and they have a good tech line.
     
  3. facedown

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    I do know that you HAVE to stay with a given load combination of primer/powder/hull/wad with no variation.

    Absolutely correct, but you can always use less powder than the recipe. Sometimes your powder bushing choices will throw a bit more, or a bit less than called for. Resist the temptation to load "just a little over". ALWAYS use the lower one.

    "Regular" shells, i.e. using shot, are pretty easy with a little practice. Buckshot defense loads are a sonofagun to crimp smoothly. Sometimes placing a card over the top of the shot stack helps.

    Good luck!
     
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