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#6474537 - 09/30/16 05:50 AM How many reload shotgun shells
captmike Offline
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Wanting to get back to reloading shot gun shells. Bought nice progressive loader. just curious to see how many still do.

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#6474539 - 09/30/16 05:55 AM Re: How many reload shotgun shells [Re: captmike]
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I've been doing it for a looooong time. My son is a competitive skeet shooter. He usually goes through 12,000 - 15,000 rounds a year, plus what I might shoot along the way. I spend a lot of time at the reloading bench. crazy
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#6474629 - 09/30/16 07:54 AM Re: How many reload shotgun shells [Re: captmike]
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12's and 20's. Started out loading 16ga on a Mec 600 in the mid-70's.
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#6474729 - 09/30/16 08:48 AM Re: How many reload shotgun shells [Re: captmike]
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I've done a little shotshell loading myself. I guess I just like being self sufficient because I don't believe it saves much coin.
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#6475151 - 09/30/16 02:58 PM Re: How many reload shotgun shells [Re: RiverRider]
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Originally Posted By: RiverRider
I've done a little shotshell loading myself. I guess I just like being self sufficient because I don't believe it saves much coin.


You are correct, because there's definitely a "break even" point .... and it takes a large quantity to get there. Most people who aren't shooting high volume (over 5,000 rds yearly) won't save much if any money after you figure in the cost of the reloader, etc.

Most folks are better off watching for quantity buys and stocking up during those specials.
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#6475267 - 09/30/16 04:38 PM Re: How many reload shotgun shells [Re: captmike]
Gemlin Offline
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Unless you are using reclaimed shot, its cheaper to buy loaded shells. It was worth it when 25 pound bags of shot was under 25 dollars but now its like 50 a bag. Mail order you can find it a little cheaper but shipping kills the deal.

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#6475288 - 09/30/16 04:53 PM Re: How many reload shotgun shells [Re: captmike]
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We get shot several hundred pounds at a time through our local club. Wads 20,000 at a time. Like I said ... unless you're shooting in large quantities it isn't cost effective.

There are other benefits however. You can tailor loads to suit your needs. In the past we loaded 2.75" T shot loads that were running extremely fast to pass shoot ducks. And we load 3/4 and 7/8 ounce skeet loads that can't otherwise be obtained. Even in smaller quantities it can be beneficial to tailor loads to certain situations. But you're not going to save any money doing it.
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#6475438 - 09/30/16 07:37 PM Re: How many reload shotgun shells [Re: captmike]
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I loaded 12, 16 and 20's for years, but as the price of components continued to rise, I found out that buying "ready mades" in bulk made a lot more economic sense. When I added in the time investment, I just couldn't justify it. I'm not a high volume shooter; casual skeet and trap, plus a bit of shot throwing at dove and quail each season, but definitely not enough to keep reloading. Sold all my reloading gear for the shotties and have been quite content with the quality and price of factory loadings.


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#6475482 - 09/30/16 08:31 PM Re: How many reload shotgun shells [Re: captmike]
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Buy them by the pallet. It's cheaper.

I had a great boss when I was going to Angelo State. He owned a paper company. I managed his warehouse and stacked cases of paper 6 hours a day. the old bastard used to tell me I should pay him for all the muscles I gained during thel offseason from all of the paper cases I stacked. He had a pet load of 6's mixed with 9's he liked for dove hunting. During my down time he let me reload on the halves on the clock. We hunted every day after work on our secretaries husbands place 5 minutes from the warehouse, and I could bring all the friends I wanted. No matter how many people we had everyone killed a limit every day of season. The place was next to the country club water hazard and planted with milo. That was a damn good load, he liked it for close up doves and to reach on the white wings that flew over.
My old roommate tried to lease that place a few years ago. The old boy that ownes it said some douch bags from Dallas leased it for $3K a year and would probably only hunt once.
That's the last reloading I did. The 6 & 9 combo was a great load.

Several nights I cooked over 500 dove breasts for a party.

I had a Brittany and my roommate had a lab. We never had to say anything to them or get up off the cooler. They retrieved every dove to hand no matter how many guys were shooting. At the end of every day we would have a big pile of dove in front of us.

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#6475735 - 10/01/16 07:54 AM Re: How many reload shotgun shells [Re: captmike]
rickym Offline
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With the price of 28, 410, and 16 gauge now I can see the benifit in reloading those
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#6475915 - 10/01/16 11:14 AM Re: How many reload shotgun shells [Re: scalebuster]
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Originally Posted By: scalebuster
Buy them by the pallet. It's cheaper.

I had a great boss when I was going to Angelo State. He owned a paper company. I managed his warehouse and stacked cases of paper 6 hours a day. the old bastard used to tell me I should pay him for all the muscles I gained during thel offseason from all of the paper cases I stacked. He had a pet load of 6's mixed with 9's he liked for dove hunting. During my down time he let me reload on the halves on the clock. We hunted every day after work on our secretaries husbands place 5 minutes from the warehouse, and I could bring all the friends I wanted. No matter how many people we had everyone killed a limit every day of season. The place was next to the country club water hazard and planted with milo. That was a damn good load, he liked it for close up doves and to reach on the white wings that flew over.
My old roommate tried to lease that place a few years ago. The old boy that ownes it said some douch bags from Dallas leased it for $3K a year and would probably only hunt once.
That's the last reloading I did. The 6 & 9 combo was a great load.

Several nights I cooked over 500 dove breasts for a party.

I had a Brittany and my roommate had a lab. We never had to say anything to them or get up off the cooler. They retrieved every dove to hand no matter how many guys were shooting. At the end of every day we would have a big pile of dove in front of us.
sounds about right for the Dallas crowd
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#6475940 - 10/01/16 11:49 AM Re: How many reload shotgun shells [Re: rickym]
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Originally Posted By: rickym
With the price of 28, 410, and 16 gauge now I can see the benifit in reloading those


Good point. Especially 28 gauge.
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#6477478 - 10/02/16 06:00 PM Re: How many reload shotgun shells [Re: captmike]
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I do, but only slugs.
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#6480673 - 10/04/16 03:23 PM Re: How many reload shotgun shells [Re: captmike]
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I've been loading shot shells for a long time. 12ga and 20ga. Now I only reload 410's and 20's for my crane hunting
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#6480701 - 10/04/16 03:33 PM Re: How many reload shotgun shells [Re: captmike]
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Been loading 12's for a long time.
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