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shotshell. On the other hand, I do
believe a knowledgeable, experienced
reloader can
fashion special
loads that will
do a superior job
on certain field
applications for a
particular need.
And remember,
reloading always
saves money.
A specific
application I use
regularly when
reloading is loading shotshells with
light, to very light
loads. A friend put
me on to this practice years ago when
he was shooting extra-light loads for
trap and skeet, and hunting small birds
using 12- or 20-gauge shells. After
checking my manual to avoid safety
problems, I now use a bit less powder
and less shot for such situations. The
loads are more pleasant to fire, yet
they have plenty of authority for close
clays, quail, woodcock and grouse. I
will often use 7/8- or 1-ounce loads
when hunting hen pheasants at shooting preserves, especially when hunting
over pointing dogs. Ditto for quail and
doves. Reloading a small to moderate
amount of light shells for special needs
saves money. Fact is, most shooters will
have better results using shotshells of
moderate power; extreme velocity is
rarely needed.
Prior to purchasing a shotshellreloading machine, talk to your friends
who already reload, especially those
who shoot exceptionally well and seem
to shoot more than other guys. Almost
assuredly they are reloaders, and are

often willing to help newcomers.
Find out what make of reloading
machine or press
they use, and
specifically why
they like it. Do
some reading and
talk to sales clerks
and shop owners
for information on
what works best
when reloading
shotshells.
Unless you are
extremely handy,
and very mechanically inclined, I
recommend starting with a singlestage reloading press, and using it until
you gain competence and confidence.
Most hunters can use a single-stage
press for life. While a progressive press
is expensive, it has its place for experienced and high-volume reloaders
and shooters. A single-stage reloading
press reloads one shell at a time, and
that shell is moved by hand from one
station to the next as each part of the
process is completed. A progressive
reloading press is capable of reloading
multiple shotshells at the same time,
and, except to start a new shotshell,
the machine moves the shotshells from
station to station, all at the same time.
While reloading shotshells is not
rocket science - OK, maybe it is, sort
of - there is an element of danger
involved. Anytime one uses primers,
gun powder and projectiles, especially
together, there is danger involved.
Reloading for lead shot is different
than reloading steel shot or any other
non-toxic shot designed primarily
to hunt waterfowl, or hunt any areas

"I do believe a
knowledgeable,
experienced
reloader can
fashion special
loads that will
do a superior job
on certain field
applications for a
particular need."

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