Author Topic: Is there much of a difference between reloading shotgun shells, and other rounds  (Read 3851 times)

Offline barnesglobal

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We are about to embark on the adventure of reloading, and are looking to pick up the Lee Anniversary Kit that Jack speaks of.  Currently we have the following calibers: 1) 12 gauge, 2) 20 guage, 3) 7mm WSM, 4) .22 LR, and 5) 9mm.  Do I need a different reloading kit for the shotgun shells?  Very much a novice here, so please chime in with suggestions.


Offline Steve W

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Check out the Youtube videos on reloading and some of the reloading websites - they will help you get an idea about what the different types of ammo involve to reload.


Also see if any of your local clubs have the NRA Reloading Courses (Metallic and Non-Metallic) available.

Would be a GREAT idea to get someone you shot with to mentor you as you go along!

There are hundreds of additional links and many instructional videos on the web!

Good Luck, Be Safe and Have Fun!

Offline CountryRootsCityJob

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Hey, I'm no expert... I just got started myself...

However, the one thing I know for sure is that you need a separate press to load shotguns than you will need to load rifles and handguns!  (.22LR is not reloadable)

Best of luck to you! 

Offline RipTombstone

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Yep, different loader is needed. The good news is that a decent shotgun loader can be had for very little. I have even had them given to me. The cheapest one I bought was a Pacific 12 ga for 1.00 at a gunshow, and I paid 25.00 for another Pacific at an auction this summer. It has all the bells and whistles even.
I prefer the old Pacific brand presses, which eventually became Hornady. Good stuff, but make sure you have all the parts there when you pick up an old one. A lot of the old parts are hard to find.

Offline WhiteStarNC

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Loading shotgun shells is pretty darn easy.  I have a Lee single stage press that I bought on Ebay for around $35.  Works perfect easy to use.  IMHO shot shells require a little less thinking and may be a good place to start.  One thing I have found is that I resize/deprime and prime at one sitting.  Then I do the final load and crimp after a have a bunch of prepped shells ready.  Works best for me.

As far as brass ammo is concerned it is also very easy, just requires a few more steps, a little more caution and a little more paying attention.  As noted there are some great videos on YouTube.

I find reloading very relaxing and will very often listen to TSP podcast while reloading.

Go for it, have fun.

Offline r1kk1

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Shotshell reloading is a different animal from the metallics. Metallic reloading you have a powder range and you can use almost any primer as long as you work up a load. This is applicable to the brass cases. Shotshell recipes will list a specific hull, powder, primer, wad, shot weight, and powder weight. This is not to be deviated from. I started with shotshells years ago. If you can't find a particular component, then it's time to look for a new load. There are not as many reloading books out there for shotshell compared to metallics. Pick up a book on shotshell reloading. Crimps should be .050", use enough wad pressure to successfully crimp the hull, and when in doubt check it out.

There are dies for shotshell reloading that fit a metallic reloading press. They are tedious and pain to use. Buy a dedicated press. You can get catalogs for components plus reloading data from Precision Reloading and Ballistic Products Inc. I got a hand me down press about 40 years ago that is still being made today. It works great albeit more pricey than most people want to spend - until they reload on it. It is a P/W 375 and can handle 10 gauge to the .410 caliber and all heights of hulls. A one time purchase heirloom piece as I call it. My kids want it when I die. I had a Lee Load-Fast and had problems with it. Lee quit producing it. I then bought a MEC 9000 to feed my kids when they lived at home. Sold it when they moved out.

What I like about shotshell reloading is that I find a load that patterns and functions for me. It may not be the best load for the 4 12 gauges that I own and not uncommon to have one load per shotgun. I load buckshot, nontoxic, plated and unplated shot, slugs, etc. Just like a pistol, revolver, rifle will have a load that works great - may not work through every .40, .44 magnum, 30-06 firearm chambered for it. I have a pair of .357s and they favor two different loads - go figure.

Have fun with reloading. Just like you, your firearms and ammunition - one size does not fit all! When I take game or compete, it's my firearms, its my loads, that did it. Be safe, ask tons of questions and most of all - have fun.

take care,