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#7188400 - 12/15/12 07:20 PM Re: Shotshell Reloading. Worth it? [Re: k22hornet]
Magnum_Man Offline
Campfire Guide

Registered: 11/11/09
Posts: 2572
Yup way worth it, between specialty loads for my 10's and 16's. Can just about buy any load you can imagine for 12's and 20's but try to pick up a box of Express 16 ga #5's and see where you are. I think only Fiocchi still loads 5's in the 16 unless you get some Federal hammer loads. Magnum Man


Edited by Magnum_Man (12/15/12 07:21 PM)

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#7214760 - 12/22/12 05:08 AM Re: Shotshell Reloading. Worth it? [Re: carbon12]
ColdBore Offline
Campfire Outfitter

Registered: 01/05/05
Posts: 8759
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Savings start to look better for the smaller gauges. It galled me fierce to be spending 13-15 bucks/25 for 1/2 oz .410 ammo...


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I load a lot of 7/8 oz for the 12...


These two posts sum it up for me.

I used to reload a lot, and for everything.

Lately, I find that I can buy quality factory loads cheap enough in 12 and 20 ga (and I'm not talking Wal-Mart promo stuff). I just got a check back from Winchester for $100 on their recent AA rebate. At ~$6/box, then take off $2/box for the rebate, it hardly makes sense to reload that type stuff any more, especially when you factor in another hundred dollars of equipment that you need to amortize over the number of boxes of shells you load before you even break even.

However... I like to shoot a lot of 7/8 oz loads in my 12 ga, and shoot a lot of 28 ga and 410 bore as well. With their lighter payload, they are cheaper to reload than the 12/20 ga stuff, yet cost two or three times as much for the factory stuff, so I definitely reload those.

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#7216670 - 12/22/12 03:56 PM Re: Shotshell Reloading. Worth it? [Re: k22hornet]
WyoCoyoteHunter Offline
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Registered: 02/04/11
Posts: 2954
Loc: Carbon Co. Wyoming
I bought a bunch of stuff before I retired for all of my reloading..with 25 bags of 7 1/2's that I paid about 13$ a bag for, it is worth it for me..otherwise, I don't know..I do enjoy loading specialty loads for some of my 12's and 20's that I could not shoot if I did't reload..Heavier shot seems difficult to find today, unless one wants to pay top dollor for it..In my country, shotguns and ammo are NOT that popular so reloading is a benefit for me..

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#7252020 - 01/01/13 12:18 AM Re: Shotshell Reloading. Worth it? [Re: k22hornet]
Berettasdad Offline
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Registered: 07/05/11
Posts: 70
Loc: Washington, USA
Q. for K22hornet- Where are you finding bismuth shot these days. Recent searches found me none. I want to load a 20 ga. SxS w/ bismuth for those times when ducks could wheel in to the marsh edges where the pheasants like to nap.

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#7263002 - 01/03/13 12:04 PM Re: Shotshell Reloading. Worth it? [Re: Berettasdad]
k22hornet Offline
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Registered: 12/12/11
Posts: 85
Loc: Colorado
Originally Posted By: Berettasdad
Q. for K22hornet- Where are you finding bismuth shot these days. Recent searches found me none. I want to load a 20 ga. SxS w/ bismuth for those times when ducks could wheel in to the marsh edges where the pheasants like to nap.


Bismuth is no longer being produced for sale, as near as I can tell. I have a stash of BB and #2 left from when I had sxs's that could not shoot Hevi-shot. I have since sold those sxs and purchased newer ones that can handle Hevi-shot.

Go to Ballistic Products website and look at the ITX shot. Another shot-type is called Nice Shot. Both shot types are safe to use in place of lead.

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#7263300 - 01/03/13 01:16 PM Re: Shotshell Reloading. Worth it? [Re: k22hornet]
RWE Offline
Campfire 'Bwana

Registered: 09/03/07
Posts: 13178
Loc: Old North State
I shoot a 16 ga SxS.

So yes, I find it worth it.
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#7284040 - 01/08/13 04:37 AM Re: Shotshell Reloading. Worth it? [Re: RWE]
Phillip_Nesmith Offline
Campfire Regular

Registered: 09/22/03
Posts: 576
Loc: Alabama
I reloaded 12 gauge for several years. Back then you could save at least 50% versus factory loaded shells, but the last time I priced components around here in Alabama, it would cost MORE than factory ammo to load equivalent rounds. The price of powder, primers and shot is ridiculous anymore.

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#7287427 - 01/08/13 06:47 PM Re: Shotshell Reloading. Worth it? [Re: Phillip_Nesmith]
GF1 Offline
Campfire Guide

Registered: 11/22/08
Posts: 2572
Not worth it in 12 gauge unless you load 7/8 or 3/4 oz (surprisingly effective). Better savings on 20s, especially if you load 3/4 oz.

If you have a 16, it's definitely worth it (my favorite gauge). A 28 or .410...absolutely.

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#7300969 - 01/11/13 07:34 PM Re: Shotshell Reloading. Worth it? [Re: GF1]
sincitynut Offline
Member

Registered: 10/27/09
Posts: 88
Loc: Dover, PA
I load 12 ga Trap loads and I find a cost savings, not as much as it used to be, but I still enjoy it. I shoot a 1 oz load for 16's and 1 1/8th oz for handicap. I use 7 1/2 shot that I buy from a guy at the club who makes it. It looks as good as West Coast Magnum shot, and is about $30 for 25#

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#7331489 - 01/18/13 03:59 PM Re: Shotshell Reloading. Worth it? [Re: sincitynut]
shreck Offline
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Registered: 06/01/04
Posts: 16598
Loc: littoral North Carolina
A co-worker asked me today, what's it cost to reload a single 12 ga shell. He's thinking about reloading.
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