Author Topic: Anyone do any shotshell loading?  (Read 1490 times)

SinisterNerd

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Anyone do any shotshell loading?
« on: July 16, 2013, 05:19:59 PM »
I used to but I hardly ever shoot shotguns. A couple times every dove season and that's about it.  Bird shells for a 12 GA were so cheap that there wasn't much point (not sure how they are now).  I'd buy a case every year for dove season and only use a few boxes.  So I have a bit of a stockpile.

The only thing we occasionally reload now is 16Ga.  But no one uses that gun much so we haven't even had to reload for it.  I probably haven't touched the shotgun presses in 15 years.

I guess if you shoot a lot of clays it still makes sense.

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Re: Anyone do any shotshell loading?
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2013, 05:25:36 PM »
Same boat - at one time, reloaded shotshells (when the kids were younger and shot a lot), but any more, it's just not worth it....
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Re: Anyone do any shotshell loading?
« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2013, 07:55:21 PM »
I was shooting Country Doubles years back. Probably shot 2-3 cases a week. I have all of the gauges in the MEC Loaders down in the country. None have seen use in years though. I keep a Lee shotgun loader here at the house for saboted slugs I get from Barnes. It also requires a drill press for the curl type crimp. I have all of the gauges in the Lee set. Like most folks, I love shotgun but never go dove hunting anymore. It kinda got expensive, like most hunting in Texas.

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Re: Anyone do any shotshell loading?
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2013, 12:36:42 PM »
Buying my electric Clay bird trap changed my need for shot shells. Shooting 200 rounds in a range trip is the norm.

I load 12 gauge and .410 on MEC 600 jr loaders. Strangely, my first reloading experiences were on a Texan reloader for 12 gauge. Had 3 or 4 MEC 600's over the years. The current 2 MEC 600jr's are the last of a long line of shot shell loaders in my life.

Started on 12 gauge and went to pistol rounds later. After that..........well you know.

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Re: Anyone do any shotshell loading?
« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2013, 06:18:03 PM »
I remembered why I used to reload.  I took my daughter hunting last weekend.  She used a single shot .410 last year and she probably only fired a half dozen rounds.  This year she wanted to use a pump.  12GA was a bit much for her so she opted for an old 16Ga.  $23/box for #8's at Gander Mountain in SA.  I wouldn't have bought them but we were on our way out to hunt and the nearest Academy only had #6.

Also picked up a box of .410 for $13.

Needless to say we collected all the hulls and the old Mec press that's set up for 16Ga is going to get dusted off and put to use.