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    Reloading 12 gauge slug information

    Hi all
    Looking for information on reloading 12 gauge slug shells
    Need info on:-

    What powders to use, and what weight of powder you use?
    What wads to use and best ones to use, and where to buy?
    Which slug mould is best to use?
    What things to avoid when loading such ammo?
    Can used cartridges be unitised for reloading slug shells?

    Thanks in advance Dougie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dougie View Post
    Hi all
    Looking for information on reloading 12 gauge slug shells
    Need info on:-

    What powders to use, and what weight of powder you use?
    What wads to use and best ones to use, and where to buy?
    Which slug mould is best to use?
    What things to avoid when loading such ammo?
    Can used cartridges be unitised for reloading slug shells?

    Thanks in advance Dougie
    I used clays internationl powder with Lee 1 oz slug, plas wads you have to find
    one with thin walls and no ribs in, so when you push the slug in, it does not
    buldge the case. My normal load was 19grs of powder.
    Used cases work well, some better than others.
    Hand loading worked better for me, than machine.
    you could also try brass cases from Midway UK.
    Its been a couple of years since i last loaded slug.

    Hope this helps.

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    When choosing which slug/wad the following is usefull,

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTM5FX_1FJo&noredirect=1

    Jim

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    DCA 1oz lead ball mold, makes 2 round balls per cast
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    I use a Lee 1oz slug mould, Red Dot or Herco and used Magtech shells/cases/hulls.
    It's been a long time since I loaded any but 18grains of Red Dot rings a bell! They cycled perfectly in my semi-auto and were quite accurate at up to 50 metres (with just a nipple for a sight ).
    The felt wads came from Kranks, they were 4 for 250 so that'll give you some idea how long ago it was

    Good luck
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    I use the 1 oz Lee mould.
    18.5gn Red Dot
    I use a roll crimper that goes in a cordless drill
    I got plastic wads and cases in bulk from a friend who sells them

    Fantastic and a lovely load to shoot

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    what sort of price does it work out at per cartridge?

    Im just weighing up the options

    bought a slab of slug, will see me through to probably about middle next year, but its not exactly cheap.

    58p each

    but Im wondering about the cost of a press, casting equipement etc, probably best to stay buying them, but wouldnt mind being able to shoot more of them if its cheaper to roll your own
    Don't worry it only seems kinky the first time

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    I brought a Lee Load-All 2 press (was 19.95 back then but I think they're still inexpensive) it came as standard to load 12gauge.

    Cost each. Geeze , at a rough guess, 25/30 pence each. The only extras I need are the powder and primers because I've 'collected' all the lead and hulls/cases I will probably ever need.

    Good luck
    Brian
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    I paid 23 for the roll crimper. Cordless drill is in my garage!

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    Lee 1oz Slug Mould about 20 (you can go for Lee 7/8oz mould, round ball, or 2 types of Lyman slug mould)
    2nd hand Lee Loadall 2 30
    Stainless ladle from Wilkinsons 2.50
    Couple of Stanless Balti dishes to melt the lead in 4.00
    Lee ingot mould 10.00 or you can just use a brick with an indent in it (I prefer to cast ingots as I've already fluxed most of the crud out of the lead then)
    Camping stove, already in the garage
    2nd Hand Roll crimp 15 (but lee slugs can be star crimped with the loadall 2)

    Wads,hulls, frangible disks (if reqd),primers & Powder at whatever price you can get them for (can re use hulls from your own stash or from your local clay ground)

    You may find you already have some old stuff knocking about you can use.
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    vectan A1 should so light 12gauge slug

    A1
    12 FORTE POLVERE GR. 1,80 PALLA "GUALBO"
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    that powder load looks low to me all the data I have they use more powder
    I will check and get back to you

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    thats 1.8 grams....

    the data i posted was from gualandi.

    vectan A1.
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    1.80g is not low, still burns clean with 1.60g in fact. Probably less but I didn't bother trying.

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