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I used to have a Pacific reloader for all my 12 gauge shells many years ago but gave it up when I got involved to competition clay shooting as they were not allowed and to be honest I thought it was a thing of the past for shotgun cartridges.
Well after a trip to the Northern Shooting Show on Saturday, I found a stand there by a company called 'Clay & Game' who are a specialist company importing MEC reloaders and supplying all the items needed for reloading. I confess to being both surprised and very interested at the thought of going back into this aspect of cartridge supply now that I no longer shoot competitively and shoot live quarry now along with the fact that my wife also shoots clays. Being retired (but still only 30 in my head ) I have to be a bit careful with the cash flow and this might just be a help as well as giving me a little more of the hobby in my spare time. I know the machines are not cheap but that is a one off cost and although I could buy something like a Lee Loadall.........................I won't, it is either a quality machine capable of decent turnover or I won't bother. I like to have and use decent gear so buying a Loadall will drive my crazy and then go out and buy a better unit so I might as well bite the bullet (sorry for the pun) and start off as I mean to go on.
I have been looking at the info given and as they are not far away from me, I am thinking of going over for a demo as well as buying a few from them to try.
Question:- Do any off you reload 12 gauge shells and if so could you advise me where you buy powder and lead from so that I can compare prices as I have been out of this game for over 30 years. I would also be most interested to know what they cost you to make roughly.
Any information would be gratefully received.
Do you measure your powder by weight or volume?
The Lee manual says volume, others say weight.
For my needs I would need the Lee dipper 1.6 and 1.9 - depending on my chosen bullet weight. If anybody has these lying around I would be more than willing to buy them off you.
I also need a scales if anybody has one? Let me know what you have.
Back to my question of weight vs volume - what have you found is the best way to measure the powder.
I will be reloading the 223
I am looking to get improved accurracy on my 22-250. I wondered if anyone knows if people do home loading for others at all? I am not sure I have the time myself and would rather avoid the set-up costs.
How many rounds would it take to break even on the equipment bought to do it if I did do it myself? I probably use 200-300 a year.
Well been putting a few rounds through the hornet, got 150 winchester 45grain, just as cheap nearly as buying new brass, so made sense..
Its accounted for a good few rabbits and hares and a big dog fox the other night, at around 140 yards and it was instant lights out.
Bought myself 300 35grain vmax heads and some H110, I know a lot of the guys use lil gun, but this was easier to get hold of local...from what I gather H110 is perfectly good...
Anyway jist of my question do any other hornet users use an expander die before seating there heads or is it not necessary..also what oal are you seating at..