Shot Shell reloading with vintage reloading gear

Discussion in 'Firearms' started by chelloveck, Dec 29, 2013.

  1. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    Here is a Youtube clip showing how it was done in the "olden" days.

    Edit: And for those who don't have access to "oldey" type hand loading gear, here is a Youtube clip for those wanting to do some bush reloading using improvised tools

    Last edited: Dec 29, 2013
  2. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    It's good to know how to reload with as little equipment as possible, but shotgun shell reloading is NOT among my desired list of things to do. Ever.

    The antique tools work, but only beneficial for a very limited batch. Large batches would be too time consuming.
    The Lee Loader Kit is tough to find since they do not make them anymore, but again --not beneficial for large batches.
    A Lee "Load-All" press is about as simple as it gets and can be a good investment for around $75 or less, if you can find one. Much better for larger batches.

    That's about as basic as it gets without getting into the fancier, more expensive rigs.
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  3. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    I take your point, and agree that it is not a high volume proposition, particularly for the keen trap and skeet shotgunner...

    However, I look upon hand-loading shot-shells as the gateway drug to a rifle and pistol reloading addiction for newbies. It is also a worthwhile skill to have if bugging out on the road, and you don't have a 200 Kg multi turret speed reloading press and workbench in your knapsack! ;)
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  4. Tully Mars

    Tully Mars Metal weldin' monkey

    The Lee Load-All is an excellent choice for the occasional/survivalist shotgunner IMO. Bought my first one for around 25 bux. I've seen them on auction sites numerous times. I picked up one for 20 ga with the conversion for .410 for under 100 bux last winter. Great bang for the buck!
  5. RouteClearance

    RouteClearance Monkey+++

    For my shot gun needs, I have a dbl 12 gauge black powder shotgun. No shells to worry about and I can use a multitude of materials for wadding.
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  6. Tully Mars

    Tully Mars Metal weldin' monkey

    Cool! I think BP is very under estimated and often forgotten nowadays. There are "modern" BP rifles for sure, but I mean what I call true black powder weapons. I have a "3 band" in .68 cal and a hawkins in .58 along with a .45-120 sharps. Yes there is a bit more cleaning involved but it isn't all that much. Don't have any BP scatterguns. Honestly, I've never even shot one..:(
  7. RouteClearance

    RouteClearance Monkey+++

    The only difference with black powder is a lot more smoke, and I still use modern shot cups along with either wool or cardboard wadding.

    The thing about modern shot shells is that they still are loaded to pressures that are not much greater then black powder. So the velocities are still comparable to each other.

    Don't get me wrong, I do own a Mossberg 410 pump and a variety of different gauge single shot shot guns, but I found that reloading for modern shot shells is just a major pain in the ass. You have a much smaller safety window over center fire metallic cartridge reloading. Just by changing a shot cup requires a published source for safety sake because just by reducing your powder charge by 10% still may be to much for the weapon to handle.
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  8. JLRhiner

    JLRhiner Stranger in the Modern World

    Vintage? I still have that in the gun room.
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