Welcome ! Glad to have yaWhy doesn't shot shell boxes have ranges instead of velocities? If I was going to shoot waterfowl at 15 yards, pretty sure I wouldn't need a shell that traveled 1710 FPS. Just saying. If I wanted to set my decoy's at 40 yards, I should be able to buy the ones that advertised for a range to 40 yards on the box. Thoughts?
What if ducks shot back? Now that would change the game a bit don't you think? How about those drones? You know if department stores flew one over your blind you would be tempted to take a shot at it.............
Last one; I've been reloading steel with an MEC 3.5 Steel Master and have the adapters for 2.75 thru 3.5. I utilize the SAM1 wads for the most part and have discovered that in 12 gauge, 35 grains of Alliant Steel works fairly well throughout the range of shell lengths in 1 1/16 oz (2 3/4); 1.1/4 oz ( 3") and 1.5 oz in 3.5. Why so many recipes?
I just picked up a few old (1960's era) Auto 5's and loaded a few hundred rounds of bismuth for this past season. Realized fairly quick that bismuth needs buffer and reduced speeds unlike steel.
I have a Lyman 5th, but the reloading components that the bismuth loads call for are all but extinct.
I used the ballistic products reloading data for some 12 gauge bismuth but the charge seems a bit heavy at 1.5 oz.
I have more questions, but will save for later.
Does anyone still manufacture shot shells in the US from raw materials? Should we? I found reloading machines in Italy, but they are quite pricey.
Just for fun gentlemen.
Last message board I posted on was, well years ago, but I do like the reloading discussions you guys use to have here. Lots of great information.
Have a great evening.