The neat thing about owning a shotgun is that you can reload your own ammunition shells for it. This doesn’t refer to reloading the weapon by putting new shells into the shotgun’s chamber. Shotgun ammunition reloading is when you fill the empty shotshells back up with the elements that make them work such as primer, gunpowder, pellets, wad and so on. Users often want to do this to save money from having to purchase the expensive factory preloaded shells. However, the hardest part for a newbie is learning how to perform the shell reloading process. It requires someone who can give great attention to every minute detail. This will ensure that the ammunition you prepare is safe and reliable for shooting from your shotgun.
Shotgun ammunition is unique because you can reload the shells at home if you have the right equipment available. This certainly beats paying $20 for 10 rounds of shotgun shells that you will go through within an hour. If you are a hunter who frequently goes shooting or if you simply like to target practice with your shotgun then you need to learn how to reload shells at home.
In the beginning, it will require an upfront investment for purchasing the reloading machine and the shells that you will be loading up. If you already have existing shells then that’s fine too. Just make sure you have high quality shells made by a reputable manufacturer such as Remington, Winchester, Rio, etc. Between their durable plastic cases and brass heads, they will give you plenty of reloads before they are worn out. Some gun clubs may even sell empty shells over the internet at very affordable prices too. So there are a lot of options out there for obtaining shells. As for the loader, these cost between $50 and $100. This is a very minimal investment when you consider how much money it will save you on purchasing more shotgun shells.
Unusual Malfunction on Semiauto Shotgun
I must share this photo:
Primer fell off and blocked the fired shell. Shooter used reloaded ammunition. That is why you need to be careful when you reload your shotgun ammunition. I am not sure what was the problem but it happened several times. Maybe it was problem with primers, maybe too much powder.
That is why I love pump action shotguns, they are more reliable.
The LEE Load All 2 Reloading Press will load your shotgun shells so that they look and feel new when you use them. There is no sense in purchasing factory made shotgun shells for a lot of money when you can just purchase a LEE Load All 2 and turn your home into a shell factory. Then you will be able to reload shotgun shells with this press machine just like factory workers do with their press machines. Loading your own shells is very cost effective and convenient for anyone who shoots shotguns frequently.
MEC stands for Mayville Engineering Company. Ever since 1955, they’ve been designing high quality shotgun shell reloaders for the average shotgun owner to use. Today the brand name is known by almost everyone familiar with shotguns. The MEC Sizemaster is one of the company’s best single stage reloaders available. It has a revolutionary resizing chamber, an automatic primer feed and creates six point and eight point crimps. The crimp starter has automatic rotation and will realign the crimp that originally came from the factory. There is also a flip-flop measure that allows pellet containers and powder to be put in and taken out without any spillage. Whether you are a novice shotgun shell reloader or an expert, the MEC Sizemaster shotgun ammo reloading press is perfect for either person who wants to reload their empty shotgun shells with pellets.
The MEC Sizemaster is best known for being able to resize collets and return the bases into the same quality that originally came out of the factory. It doesn’t matter if the shells have steel heads, brass heads, or a low or high base. The MEC Sizemaster is available for all the most popular shotgun shell gauges such as 12, 16, 28, 20 and 10. Make sure you pick the right Sizemaster to accommodate the gauge you need or else the primer feeder won’t be able to do its job on the machine.
Rabbit posted pics and info about Lee Shotgun slug molds on Remington 870 Forum:
Lee Production Pot IV
Large, deep pot holds approximately 10 pounds of lead. Melt time is less than 20 minutes. Pour spout up front where it belongs so you can see what you’re doing. Infinite heat control. Uses only 500 watts of power during heat-up and a lot less to maintain temperature. Large, stable base for safety. 4″ of clearance under the spout is high enough to accept all brands of bullet molds and most sinker molds. Melter is capable of reaching 900 degrees Fahrenheit.
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Reloading is an interesting hobby which saves your money and makes you independent. You can even cast your own slugs.
Reloading is very interesting. When you have equipment and materials, you can make your own ammunition at home which makes you independent.
Ammunition shortages are not rare. They can be caused by panic when everybody tries to buy as much ammo as possible or by bad weather conditions if you live far from civilization or even by riots in your city when gun shops are closed. And don’t forget about natural disasters.
Video which shows basic equipment and procedures: Lyman Lead Pot, Lee Ingot Mold. Melting lead and making ingots.