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Thread: 00 buckshot

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    00 buckshot

    I just started reloading 12 g, and had a question about the shot column. Powder first, then(2) 1/2" fiber wad then (9) 00 buckshot. 29grs of hs6. I have 12s4 wads i have used as well, 29grs of hs6, then a small piece of fiber wad, then 12s4 wad with 8 or 9 00 buck. Casted 00 buck, but some of the shot had a tip on it from being cut from each other. On a couple I also placed a clear overshot card on top of the 00 shot, fold crimped. Maybe someone will see this combo and give me some tips...is it safe to shoot? 8 instead of 9 00buck with 29 grs of hs6. Hogdon calls for 38 grs hs6 using the 12s4. Any thoughts? I had this same feeling about metallic cartridges and firing them the first time. Want to make sure I am being safe, not dumb. I understand hs6 is hot and the hulls I got from bpi have magnum primers. I am a newb.

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    I think my concerns are over the wad i am using. I have not fired these shells. It would seem it should be ok to use 1/2" wads instead of the standard plastic wad/shotcup. What did the old timers use before plastic?? I was concerned about over pressure. Is that a legitimate concern?

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    Boolit Master
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    Apr 2012
    Ontario, Can!
    for what it's worth, when i had some cast buckshot (used it all up and am waiting to buy a mold before i make anymore) i would put 8 pellets (00 buck) in a winchester wad (WAA12 - 1 - 1 5/8 oz) with cream of wheat filler on top of 33 grains of hs-6. all that inside federal buckshot hulls. high brass.

    the cream of wheat came out to 42 grains give or take. so pretty much 9 pellets.

    as i recall they were pretty tame compared to the factory stuff that federal put in.

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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check