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Shot gun reloading
Aug 15th, 2008 at 8:59am
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I want to start reloading shotgun ammo mainly just for claybird shooting as its great fun to keep the eye in. I have just got a lee loader from Alan the big boss man of the forum and now need some advise. What the best value for money option on Powder,wads and shot. Also where do you get cases from/ As a kid we used to just keep everything we used to shoot with and reload those but now I donr know. Who can help me ourt with some wisdom cheers to all that reply.
  

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Re: Shot gun reloading
Reply #1 - Aug 15th, 2008 at 9:02am
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Hi autoh.

I've got about 2 or 3 supermarket bags of empty shells in the shed if you want them? Pm me if you're keen.
  

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I have got an old reloader in the shed, this thread has got me thinking.... it wasn't worth reloading when shells were $12 a box but lead is up to $19 now... could be worth looking at?  Can you buy and reload steel?  Longer cases needed but can you get the wads and stuff?  Sorry for the hijack Auto.  Will look in my box of goodies for some information for you!
  

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Further on the shells, they are all 2 & 3/4", pretty much all would have been from clay bird shooting.... so all used to be trap loads of 7's, 8's or 9's...
  

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on some of my steel shot boxes it says do not reload.not sure if thats true Sad Sad
  
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Reply #5 - Aug 15th, 2008 at 5:39pm
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General opinion at the gun club is its cheaper to buy factory loads than reload.
A few guys still reload there but they usually buy cheap components off trademe....as evidenced by the resultant smoke and flames... Undecided
  

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Reply #6 - Aug 15th, 2008 at 6:29pm
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reloading components for steel shot are slowly appearing in NZ, with leadshot retailing at $80.00 for 10kgs steel is now a lot cheeper option for reloading. There is someone i believe in napier doing the importing, will see what i can find out for you. I just gave away a heap of powder and shot but do still have a Mec junior Loader if anyone is keen
  

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Reply #7 - Aug 16th, 2008 at 8:40am
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Shit there must be a few of those around the country gathering dust. I used to do the reloading for all of shooting mates at one time. I beleive that I still have a half containder of Winchestor shot in the shed.

Even had a go at making my own shot maker out of a on electric frying pan. Not all that successful but the rouinds were good for wounded birds on the water
  
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Reply #8 - Aug 16th, 2008 at 10:13am
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Try this reolading cost calculator,put in all your component costs and see what its costing you.http://www.trapshooters.com/rlcalcadv.htm
  

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Reply #9 - Aug 16th, 2008 at 10:29am
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Last time I used the calculator it was costing me near $12 a box for 1 oz loads. That was before lead went up. Be interesting to see now that factory stuff has gone up as well.
  
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Reply #10 - Aug 16th, 2008 at 11:18am
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1oz trap loads were $9.00 a box at the gun club last weekend.
So if you reloading for $12...$12-$9 is err ummm err ummm errr ummmm..... Undecided
  

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That's why "last time" was quite a while ago.................. Wink
  
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Reply #12 - Aug 16th, 2008 at 3:45pm
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What about buying Bismuth or steel shot though?  Cheap at $9 a box.  I have spent a fair bit on shells this year with a slab of lead and nearly a slab of lead gone.  Thats close on $400.  Depending on prices for steelshot ....
  

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Reply #13 - Aug 16th, 2008 at 4:23pm
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Last time I looked a box of factory Bismuth was around $60 bucks..... Undecided
For Joe Average who blows off a slab of duck loads every season factory loads will still be miles cheaper,especially if you use 2 3/4 inch shells.
  

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Reply #14 - Aug 18th, 2008 at 4:21pm
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was just thinking about this the other day, on whether it is cheaper to buy or make.

But went into the local store today and for 250 x Falcon SP36 # 4's. 1 1/4 oz was only $11.95 per box.

So from what I have read off this topic so far, buying from the shop would be cheaper than making my own.
  

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