I’ve done a lot of reloading in my time. It’s usually limited to long range rifle because I think that my measurements are better than factory. And thus my shooting is usually a little better than the guy who simply uses factory ammo. When you get way out there past 600 yards, the littlest thing can screw with your accuracy. I don’t know, it may be just practice, OCD, or superstition, but that’s what works with me. I’ve never really tried shotgun reloading because the rounds are not too expensive and word precision is not a key in anything you do with a shotgun. But many years ago, I got a MEC Jr. reloader in a yard sale. It was included in a huge box with some rifle dies and a bunch of Barnes .30 cal bullets, an RCBS powder measure and some other cool stuff. Anyway, I put the machine back in the box and dumped it into the basement.
Fast forward to present, the wife says, “you need to clean out some of this junk down here… some of it hasn’t been used in years…”
I racked my brain to repurpose some of the old stuff. I mean, you can never know when you might need reloading stuff or survival gear. The zombie attack, terrorists, economic collapse, or even the Pock-e-lips. You may never know. I’m thinking three hours after the trash man drives off is precisely when you will desperately need that special survival thingy… life or death….”ARRRGGGGHH, NOOOO!”
So to prevent the wife from calling the “Got Junk” man, I start reloading some shotgun shells. I was beginning with very low expectations, but I was amazingly surprised. This is actually great.
Because of the natural tendency to NOT be a precision instrument, the shotgun is amazingly forgiving. I’ve found that you can load practically anything in a shotgun shell… and I mean anything!
I’ve experimented with ball berings, I’ve made door breaching loads with play-doh. I’ve made different types of slugs with different types of fins and stabilization ideas. It’s crazy fun and has opened up a whole new level of experimentation. I’m now working on something based on what Joe Biden once said about the shotgun being the best for home defense. I’m trying to find something that is crazy lethal to intruders, yet won’t go through two layers of sheetrock and travel on to unintended victims like a family member or neighbor. So far, the little 20gr flechette is best. They penetrate into anything, yet they distort and curve away in crazy directions once they enter. I’ll send more pics of what’s best, incase any of you want to try it.