Shotgun Ammo Reloading at Home

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.

There are five components to a shotgun shell that you will need; the hull, gunpowder, pellets, wad and primer. Then you’ll want either a progressive loader or a single-stage loader to load the shells with the birdshot, buckshot or slugs. A progressive loader is a machine that can reload many shells at the same time. All you have to do is take a little bit of time setting up the machine with the necessary components. With the single stage machine, there is only one step to set it up and then each time you pull the handle it produces one shotgun shell. Make sure you read the manual on the loader to learn exactly how to use the machine because different models have different instructions. The type of loading machine you purchase should depend on what you will need it for. If you are just using a shotgun for self defense and don’t intend on shooting it very often then go with a single stage machine. But if you are a hunter who plans on shooting many rounds of ammunition on a regular basis then you’ll want a progressive loader that can reload shells much faster.

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.

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It is very convenient to buy Remington 870 parts online. You can easily compare prices, see photos, read reviews and find the items in stock. Online shops usually offer much lower prices. The only reason to visit shop is to see and try different upgrades like slings, stocks, forends, sights or optics. But you also can try them in a gun shop but then order cheaper online.

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Slugs are the most powerful type of shotgun ammunition that you can purchase. Its projectiles are made of lead or filled with lead covered in copper. Sometimes they have a plastic tip which inflicts additional cuts and damage into the target. If you want to go hunting and kill a deer with one shot then slugs are definitely the best ammo. You can also make the slugs less lethal if you use rubber material for the bullets instead of lead. There are so many different ways you can design slugs if you know how to make them. If you don’t then you can purchase a variety of slug types from your local hunting store, such as wad slugs, wax slugs, brenneke slugs, cut shell slugs, foster slugs, steel slugs and plumbata slugs. They all inflict a different level of damage onto the intended target based on the material of the tip.

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Birdshot is a type of shotgun ammunition that is designed for hunting birds in the wild. Inside the shotgun shell contains tiny metal spheres that are all the same size. This allows them to be packed together nicely into a shell, so that many pellets can fit in there. Once the shell full of pellets is loaded into the shotgun and fired out, the pellets separate from the shell and spread outwards.

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Shelf Life of Shotgun Ammunition?

I have received a box of shotgun ammunition from the 1985! So, I am curious, what is shelf Life of shotgun ammunition? I know that rifle and handgun ammo can be stored longer than shotgun ammunition. But anybody knows what is the shelf life of the shotgun ammo?

Have you tried shooting ammo which is very old? Is it safe to shoot old shotgun ammunition?

RIO Game Load 36 gram Shotgun Ammunition

RIO Game Load 36 gram shotgun ammunition is not recommended for competition use, only for hunting if you need heavy 36 gram load. Recoil is hard even with recoil reducing stock.

RIO Game Load 36 gram Shotgun Ammunition
RIO Game Load 36 gram Shotgun Ammunition

Overall impression is good. High quality ammunition without surprises.

Shotgun Ammunition Sale on Brownells
Shotgun Ammunition Sale on Brownells

Eley Shotgun Ammunition

Eley Shotgun Ammunition
Eley Shotgun Ammunition

Eley shotgun ammunition which I used is called High-Flyer, it is 30g birdshot. Eley birdshot in short hull enables shooter to have more ammo in magazine tube. Recoil is very soft, ammunition is very good.

Here is what you find inside the shell:

Eley Shotgun Ammunition, Inside Hull
Eley Shotgun Ammunition, Inside Hull
Eley Shotgun Ammunition, Birdshot and Gunpowder
Eley Shotgun Ammunition, Birdshot and Gunpowder

Pellets are inside the wad, powder looks like green round flakes.

Shotgun Ammunition Sale on Brownells
Shotgun Ammunition Sale on Brownells

The 12 and 20-gauge shotgun are very popular and they both are used for hunting, skeet shooting, and competition shooting and for home defense. There are several models available in both gauges such as a double barrel, single barrel and over-and-under.

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Low recoil loads or sometimes called “managed recoil target loads” are ideal for practice shooting, skeet and trap. Some manufactures claim that the recoil is reduced up to 40 percent in some 12-gauge loads.

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