As long as you have all the normal loading gear just pick up the Hevi shot loading kit. It comes with the High Brass hulls (100), Hevi shot (10lbs) in bb-6, wads, and felt spacers, and reference guide, all for around $125. Depending on what payload you want to shoot, it will cost about 1/2 as much as buying boxes.
We are going to reload hevi-shot---the kit from Ballistic Products will more than half the cost---$1.42 vs 3.25 / shell in Canada--seems very dear---but after shooting the reloads from a friend,it is the only sure shot for the large Canada geese!!The price in Canada for 10 shells is from $27 to 36 at present!
We can hope that the price of mass production will lower the cost--it patterns superbly and has more pellets/oz---just a fantastic shot!!!
Do a search for Ballistic products and you will find all the info on their kits--we just ordered the 12 g 2 3/4 kit and have loaded #4 shot-1 1/8 oz,using 29 gr of 4756 powder.
Results: very dense pattern---distance shots to 60 yards are quite normal---something we would never do with steel---very humane instant kills--Haven't bit into one of the pellets yet--bet it would smart!
When you first look at the bag of pellets,you would think someone sold you old used shot---it is very non-uniform in size and shape.Apparently it is made from molten metal and is quite unusual.At first thought I figured it would never pattern properly--too many different shapes and sizes.However using a buffer and felt backing in the wad---it does quite nicely.Still very expensive to reload--$1.23 per shell roughly--providing you already have the powder.
I shoot a 10 guage 1-3/4 oz Hevi-shot load. From Cabellas (and most other places) the cost is about $2.20 per shell (U.S). You can buy Hevi-shot for reloading at about $100 for 10 pounds. I can load 91 shells at 1-3/4 oz. per shell for a cost of about $1.10 per shell for shot only. Primer, powder, wad, felt spacer (if necessary), buffer and tight seal (if desired), primer seal and crimp seal are extra. Still a heck of a savings and you can push it faster than 1300 feet per second which is the Remington Hevi-shot muzzle velocity.
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