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I have thought about loading for shotguns for a while. I have read about the Lee Loadall and they seemed like they would do the job. I couldn't justify a MEC for the amount of shooting I do. The Lee seems to work very well. It's not super fast, but it is a relaxing hobby.
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they're supposed to be really good
for what they cost. i guy i worked
with had one. i'd probably buy one
myself if shot wasn't so ridiculously
high.

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It works really well. I loaded a box worth of shells in about 30 minutes. Part of that time was spent learning how it works. The component side of shotshell reloading confuses me. The hulls and wads have different load data.
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yessir you have to use the right wads
with the right hulls and the specified
powder etc.
a lot less leeway than with metallic reloading

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For most applications shotshell loading saves very little-- IF you have and want the standard fare. 12 and 20 birdshot target/field loads are so cheap you can hardly pick up the components for the price of loaded ammo. HOWEVER-- if you want a specific product, or anything other than the standard 12/20 loads it becomes economical pretty quick. 10, 16, 28 and 410 are all pricey, and so can heavier than standard loads, or less popular shot sizes --2,4,5 's . It does insure that whatever you want will ALWAYS be in stock right at your fingertips
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For most applications shotshell loading saves very little-
^ ^ ^ ^ the only reason i never started is
the silly price of standard shot in this area.
the only shot i've ever bought was buckshot
to use in my muzzleloader to save on the silly
price of a box of roundballs

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I have one in 16 gauge, it works really well.

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My hunting buddy had one back in the mid 1960's, he worked second shift so one morning he started loading up a box of shells for the up coming week end pheasant hunt we had planed. Next morning when he woke up he found a full box of loaded ammo for his trusty 870 wing master. Saturday morning found us at a farm with unharvest soy beans and some standing corn. After a bit the dog flushed a rooster in front of Rick and he lifted the 870 and swung on the bird and nothing happened, he racked the shot gun and again nothing happened.
His lovely bride had watched him load a few rounds and figured she knew what to do but had failed to punch out the spent primer and insert a new one.

I may not save any money by loading my own but I find it a relaxing hobby for those cold well below zero winter days. Beats stamp collecting or sorting coins way I see it.

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wall mart has cheap ammo in small shot
so i never even put shot in the hopper of mine
i make some really accurate slugs
and patched round balls you just can't buy


also i like my buchshot too

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I'm not doing it as an extreme cost savings. I just don't shoot enough. I just like to do it. I would rather go sit in my reloading room an load a box instead of driving to the store.

Here locally a box of high brass is running around $15 and it seems all the big box stores stock are 7 1/2. I'm loading #5 shot currently. The RIO and Herters stuff can be had for less than $10.

I may have to unload the shells I loaded. I realized Hodgons website gave me some bad data. I am using cheddite hulls and they recommended WAA12-F114 wads. That is a tapered wad in a straight shell.
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