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Reloading Heavi Shot?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Shipbuilder, Oct 15, 2009.

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  1. Shipbuilder

    Shipbuilder TS Member

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    Anyone have any experience reloading Heavi Shot from Ballistic Products? Can you reload 2-3/4" on a MEC Grabber? Create load similar to Classic Doubles?
    Is there any cost saving?

    Jim
     
  2. grnberetcj

    grnberetcj Active Member

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    Here's a little info to start with...

    Curt
     
  3. highflyer

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    I have reloaded hevishot for several seasons now. I buy my reloading supplies from bucksrunsports.com. Unless you get some super deal on store bought hevishot it is much cheaper than buying the shells. You can also get shot sizes you can't find in the stores. My favorite for ducks is 5 shot. I find that the 2 3/4 inch shells are all you ever need for any range.
     
  4. highflyer

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    I'll give you the recipe I used last season.
    12 gauge 2 3/4" Cheddite hull,
    win 209 primer,
    36 gr. of Alliant Steel powder,
    Sam 1- 2 3/4" wad,
    547 gr. (1 1/4 oz.) hevishot,
    1 felt spacer in shot cup under shot,
    1,450 f.p.s.,
    at 9,100 p.s.i.,
    with this load of no. 5 shot through an improved modified choke I was knocking down ducks at ranges that had to be seen to be believed.
     
  5. Hitapair

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    Shipbuilder, I don't believe you should be using HeviShot from BP in any old doubles which is what is implied by your reference to the shells being marketed as "Classic Doubles." I believe the Hevi Shot pellets available for reloading are harder than steel. Worth checking on before you go out and ruin the barrels on your Parker Invincible.
     
  6. goatskin

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    What Hitapair said.

    The short version is that the Hevi- available for reloading is 12g/cc (heavier than lead and harder than steel) and the shot in Classic Doubles factory-roll is in the low-mid 9's - lighter than lead, and still hard, but compressible enough to flow through chokes.

    You can get both Bismuth and Nice Shot from Precision Reloading and they make champeen bullets.

    Dropping through your loader ...? eh ... you'll get a volume-for-volume drop (assuming you can drop large shot w/o issue), but the weight will be less.

    All of my working guns are old Brit doubles. PM or mail me and I'll give you a couple of Bismuth/Nice Shot starter-loads for: Teal, Big Ducks and Geese.


    Bob
     
  7. highflyer

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    I reload my hevishot through a Mec Steel shot reloader with an adjustable charge bar. I weigh a couple of shot drops before I reload to make sure they are accurate. You need the larger drop tube made for steel shot. You can weigh each shot charge individually. I use a plastic adjustable shot dipper and a digital scale. You get pretty fast at it. It isn't like you are going to be shooting boxes and boxes in an outing. The limit of ducks is only 6 where I live. You don't have to hit them more than once like you so often do with steel.
     
  8. Shipbuilder

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    Hitapair:

    You are right, I am attempting to replicate a Classic Double load that I can safely shoot in a vintage full choke shotgun without damaging the choke or barrel. In this case a Model 12 Duck Gun.I don't want to create something that would cripple ducks.

    Jim
     
  9. highflyer

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    If you have to shoot through an old barrel or fixed full chokes then hevishot is not for you. It is harder than steel. With hevishot you can go one shot size smaller to equal the performance of lead. With bismuth you have to go one shot size bigger. Bismuth is not as good but it can work in any gun and with any choke. I have reloaded bismuth. I have not used the new hevishot classic doubles for old guns and fixed full chokes but I have used tungsten matrix which is also good for any gun. You can't buy it to reload but it is very good shot and kills ducks dead. Hevishot is the cheapest to reload. I don't know if you can even buy bismuth for reloading anymore.
     
  10. Hitapair

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    Bismuth is available in the UK. Guys on other sites are annually putting together large orders. I haven't participated in the group orders as I prefer the Nice Shot even though its more expensive. I just checked and Precision Reloading does carry Bismuth shot.
     
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