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 12-28-2017, 15:54 Post: 120056
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Can anyone give me an idea of how much you should be shooting in 12 guage shotgun to consider the cost of buying equipement and reloading you own?
Is there a quality reloading equipement that will handle 12 guage, 16 and 20 guage?

How about high power rifle and handgun bullets?
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 12-28-2017, 20:49 Post: 120057
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Several outfits make very good shotshell reloading presses.

Shotgun presses will not load rifle and pistol ammo. The two types are not interchangeable.






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 12-29-2017, 21:21 Post: 120062
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I shoot skeet quite a bit. If you buy components right it costs approximately 3.00 a box to reload 12 gauge shells. The most expensive part of reloading is the lead shot. You can cut reloading costs in the 12 gauge by loading 1oz instead of 1 1/8 oz. The real savings in reloading comes in reloading the smaller gauges(410 and 28). Ammunition makers charge a premium for shells in these gauges. Component prices are approx the same for all 4 gauges except for the lead. You really want a reloader dedicated to each gauge. Once it is set up you can really reload a box of shells really fast. There are a lot of good quality reloaders out there. You want to buy a progressive reloader with automatic shell resizing. If you want to try reloading fairly inexpensively look for a used MEC Grabber in the gauge you are interested in reloading.






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 12-30-2017, 02:15 Post: 120063
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Thank you for putting the dollar amount to it. Just what I was looking for.

A person who said he reloads a lot suggest Dillon or Dylan (not sure the spelling) equipment. He works ina sporting good store that sells another brand of equipement. Any thoughts on that?


How about steel shot? Any thoughts on reloading with steel shot for waterfowl.


Again thank you for the clear answer.
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 12-30-2017, 07:10 Post: 120064
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 12-30-2017, 12:04 Post: 120065
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 12-30-2017, 16:59 Post: 120066
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 12-30-2017, 21:53 Post: 120067
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Dillon makes a good reloader. For somebody trying to decide whether or not to reload I would think twice about spending $800.00 on one machine. You can absolutely load steel shot with a reloader - just remember that you need a different charge bar and powder bushing for the reloader and different components (wads,powder, and shot) and that a reloader that is used for 2 3/4 inch shells usually can't be adapted easily or quickly to load 3 or 3 1/2 inch shells. I think that if you shoot a few boxes of steel shot a year you are better off buying factory ammo.
What I would do is decide what you are primarily going to reload 12 gauge shells for (trap, skeet, or sporting clays) work up a good recipe - all the component manufacturers have charts. You will find that you have to fine tune powder and shot bushings to drop exactly the quanities that you need. Don't deviate from these recipies. Start loading. You will find after a couple hundred shells you will get a rythym going and you will get much faster. After a while you can develop different loads (i.e. a 1oz load) but at first keep it simple.






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 12-31-2017, 02:47 Post: 120068
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I appreciate both your inputs. More than I was able to obtain anywhere else. At least in a simple format I could understand.

Merry Christmas
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 02-18-2018, 04:35 Post: 121275
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jzucosky pretty much nailed it. When I was stationed in Germany I shot a lot of skeet and sporting clays. The cost of ammo was very high at the rod and gun clubs. A friend I shot with taught me how to reload and I purchased a Hornady 366 which I reloaded conservatively estimating around 12,000 rounds of 12 gauge. I also liked the fact that I could adjust the amount of shot. I like 1 oz. and 3/4 oz. loads the best. I also found that experiment with various powders and wad combinations, I could substantially reduce recoil. My favorite load was the Winchester AA hull, Federal 209 primer, windjammer wad, and SR7625 powder. There are more expensive and better reloaders out there if you reload large amounts of ammo but for the money the Hornady 366 does VERY well. The best way to go if you have the money is to set up 4 separate 366 loaders in the configuration you shoot with the leave them alone. That way you minimize the hastle of changing our bushings and all the rest to change gauges.






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