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I'm thinking about taking the plunge into shotgun shell reloading. I'm interested in the RCBS dies as I'll only be reloading a small quantity of slugs and buckshot.
Anybody have experiance with the RCBS dies?
Anybody use the special crimper from Lyman for the circular slug crimp?
Pros? Cons? Powder? Loads? Books? Slug moulds? Pound dies? ????
Thanks in advance.

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I hate to say it, but I'd just buy factory ammo if the quantity is small enough.

I had a Lee shotshell loader that was OK for a couple hundred at a time, but generally found loading for a shotgun to be a pain.

If you do decide to load them, stick with quality hulls such as Winchester AA. Trying to load cheapo dove and quail hulls will result in a box of loose shot as the crimps crap out.

Brass height has nothing to do with anything except customer perception. Magnum 00 buck loads can be assembled in low brass cases that were originally full of 8 1/2 shot.

That's the extent of my shotgun loading tips.

[This message has been edited by Walking Point (edited 08-11-2001).]
 

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I have mainly used MEC reloaders; no experience with the RCBS dies. However, shotgun components generally cost more than loaded shells, so I have given it up as more trouble than it is worth. The only shells worth reloading are specialty shells not available commercially.

You can get the excellent Estate SWAT buckshot loads from Natchez Shooters Supply for about $3 per box of ten. They pattern as well or better than Federal 132.

The Brenneke slug seems to be more accurate than most, as well as more effective, and can now be had in PMC as well as Brenneke ammo.
 

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I realize how cheap shotgun shells are, and am interesred in loading my own simply as a preparedness thing, to be able to and have my hand in it before they pull em' off the market. Theres a certain amount of satisfaction involved in building your own shells and that may be pushing me to do it also. I appreciate your time and input and keep the advice coming!

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I would recommend a Lee Loadall or look for a used MEC. come to think of it, I have an old Mec somewhere in the corner. Pay the shipping, buy me a beer and it is yours.
 

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Soooo, if I sent you a $20, that'd cover shipping and a twelve pak? Great deal! E-Mail me with your address, and I'll shoot it off to you monday. Thanks!

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I reload for sporting clays using Remington Premier STS hulls. I can reload ammo better than the cheap "Game Loads" you can get a Wally World for less than $3.25 a box. If I bought components in larger quantities I could make that considerably less.

Reloading shotgun shells is far easier than rifle or pistol in my opinion. A good loader helps. I use a MEC Sizemaster. I can reload a case (250 rounds) in an hour with setup.

Unless your shooting a ton of slugs or buck, I would by factory.

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Yup, tons of slugs and buck is where I'm going with this.I'm a big believer in slugs!

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