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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 9:56 am
I'm pretty much a novice in this area. I have an old MEC 600jr. for 12ga, but never loaded anything other than what the bar loads that came with it, (1 oz trap load). I'd like to expand to field shells and need a good manual to guide me, what do you guys suggest?

I've been loading metalic cartridge for almost 40 years, but shot shell loading is a whole different world.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 12:51 pm
lymans shotshell 5th edition

that along with both hodgdons and alliant websites you can load anything
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 3:36 pm
+1 on the websites. Never read the lyman manual though.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 4:00 pm
lymans is a good resource ,
it covers the what why and how of shotgun loads thourghly without going overboard .

anything in print will not be as up to date as the powder sites, but its a safe substitute if need be
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 6:04 pm
twistedoak wrote:lymans is a good resource ,
it covers the what why and how of shotgun loads thourghly without going overboard .

anything in print will not be as up to date as the powder sites, but its a safe substitute if need be



Interesting Twisted, I'll have to look for one. thanks.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 8:46 pm
I'm surprised there's so few shotshell manuals available. I'll get the Lyman and do some online research. Thanks fellows!
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 8:56 pm
the powder websites generally just give load charts .
aside from that , they are not real helpfull.

the lymans gives load charts too, but gets more into componates ,patterns etc
if your just getting into the shotshell loading ,the lymans is most important

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2013 10:18 pm
+1 on the Lyman manual. I have the forth edition, I need the fith. It's a good read and explains much about shot shells, reloading them, and shotshelll ballistics that unfortunately many are uninformed about. It'll really help you understand he why's of things like shot size, payload and velocity.

What will especially be eye opening for many is reading the charts and seeing the effects of things like muzzle velocity and shot size on down range energy and distance. High velocity with lead shot is a tool ammo companies use to lighten your wallet. But going up a size in shot makes huge differences in energy and distance. These are all things that you'll be able to earn from lyman's manual.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2013 5:35 am
I ordered the Lyman 5th edition a few days ago and some hulls that were on sale from Ballistic Products.

I'm looking forward to the read. I have a bunch of the powder company booklets they put out for the taking at gunshops, but it's time to really learn something about shot shell reloading since my grandson wants to hunt this year and I'll have two hungry guns to feed. ;)

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Good on ya sir. I'm just getting back into it after not reloading for several years. But I won't be up and running until after hunting season.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 11:48 pm
The Lyman manual is one of the best and most comprehensive for metallic cartridges.

I'd imagine their shotshell manual is at least as good.

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I'm one of the guys who can sit down with a reloading or casting manual and read/study for hours! I'm sure I'll get my money's worth several fold out of it.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2013 12:12 am
Does anyone have the ISBN number so I can order it direct from Barnes and Noble?

I just bought an RCBS reloader for pistol/rifle but am quite curious about shot shell reloading too.
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I'll post it for you when it arrives.
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krag96 wrote:I'll post it for you when it arrives.




Thanks a bunch!
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2013 3:09 pm
Got my order today from Ballistic Products. The Lyman 5th edition shotshell manual doesn't have an ISBN number per sey, there's an item number-9827111 and a UPC number-011516971111.

Hope these are helpful.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2013 3:01 am
krag96 wrote:Got my order today from Ballistic Products. The Lyman 5th edition shotshell manual doesn't have an ISBN number per sey, there's an item number-9827111 and a UPC number-011516971111.

Hope these are helpful.




Good deal.

My RCBS Rock Chucker Kit showed today too. Good deal on it... money back or free bullets. :D

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/937051 ... -press-kit
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