Get the lyman manual.
Raymond:Ok, just loaded and shot my first batch of birdshot shotshells. They were flawless. Anyone know what I can do with these to make 00Buck and slugs?
AA-HS hulls 12g 2-3/4
CB1114-12 wads (for Buck)
SW250 wads (for slugs)
I don’t have the slugs or the #00 shot yet. I wanna get the right ones. Anyone have any data?
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I’ll heed your warning. Makes sense. I can easily see that happen. These things don’t pack like 223 cases and primers. LolI reloaded shot shell for many years and still have my presses, components, wads and shot for several thousand reloads. I will reload again when my health allows me to return to trapshooting. I also deer hunted since 1978 using 30-06. 308 and .35 Remington for which I also reloaded. I also hunted with muzzle loaders.
That being said, I never had any desire to reload for slugs and/or buckshot. Buckshot is not legal for deer in my home state anyway
Commercial slug and buckshot loads are usually at the higher end of velocities which would require careful attention when reloading. Slugs also usually require a roll crimp which entails special equipment and experience.
Why not just buy commercial slugs or buckshot? How many do you plan to shoot?
For a hunting venue, where I was limited to slugs or black powder, I bought Wolf slugs with Brenneck type wads which stay with the slug in flight. I could shoot 2" - 3 shot groups at 50 yards with the Wolf ammo (made in Germany) out of my smooth bore Remington 870 20" deer barrel with rifle sights. Remington, Winchester and Federal are now making more advanced slugs with rifling features that should be even better than the Brenneck type slug or the traditional "pumpkin" ball. I never got to shoot at a deer at this venue.
A warning to any new shot shell reloader, not to rain on your parade, is not to reload too many different shot sizes and velocity types. You may end up with several hundred shot shells that will simply gather dust and tie up money and components.
if you still want to load slug and/or buck shot, the Lyman manual is a good place to start. Try to find a buddy who reloads slug and/or buck shot and load some together.
Good luck and weigh your charges.