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Reloading 12ga Buckshot.

Discussion in 'Firearms' started by griffin1340, Mar 3, 2008.

  1. griffin1340

    griffin1340 Monkey+++

    Greetings, my question is...
    What type of wad do I use to reload #4 buck?
    Are there any up-to-date reloading tables for buckshot?

    I doubt that I can use my MEC 650 to reload the entire sequence but are there any 'tricks' in the process? I figured on the shotdrop stage I'd just handfill the shell.

    I bought #25 of #4 twenty + years ago and have never used it. I figure with the cost of lead going up it is better used than tossed out.
  2. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    number 4 is pretty handy shot. I use a fiber cushion or cork wad and use a top wad before crimping. My Mec loads 4 just fine, but I haven't shot any of out of one of the auto-loaders yet.
  3. groovy mike

    groovy mike Immortal

    Yikes - whatever you do don't "throw it out" - load or sell it for sure.
  4. griffin1340

    griffin1340 Monkey+++

    Well I did'nt exactly mean 'tossed out' rather than 'misplaced' like it had been for a lot of the last twenty years...all that time stashed in a Pringles can on a back shelf in the garage.[tongue]

    I always wondered where that bag'o shot ended up...Guess my wife is right! I should clean the garage more often![lolol]

    But seriously, would I be far off loading like I was putting a 1 1/8oz load of #7 1/2shot downrange for a heavy trap load? I've got once fired AA hulls and dustmaster [?] wads. Or would I be better off like Seacowboys said, using a fiber wad?
  5. groovy mike

    groovy mike Immortal

    I have done very little relaoding of #4 shot. I used plastic wads and they seemed to work fine. But no reason that fiber wouldn't work too. I'd just see what the local supplier has on hand.
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