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Thread: shot shells for 480 Ruger

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    shot shells for 480 Ruger

    Has anyone loaded snake loads for the 480?

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    Easy AS Pie.
    Prime the case.
    Add approximately 6.0 grains of American Select, Unique, 20/28, etc
    1 each 50 Cal Muzzle Loader Over Powder Felt Wad. Seat with 3/8 Dowel Rod (Felt Wad is app .0130 thick)
    Add approximately 150 grains of shot (7.5, 8, or 9) Fill till you only have enough room to seat the Gas Check.
    Install Gas Check Cup Down
    Add Roll Crimp.

    Out of my Alaskan this is a Super Snake Load. At 5 feet it will put down a uniform pattern in about a 6" Circle. The Gas Check and Wadd will blow a hole in the center of the pattern.
    I worked with several different combinations of wads, and this worked the best.

    Bob

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    Quote Originally Posted by Viper225 View Post
    Easy AS Pie.
    Prime the case.
    Add approximately 6.0 grains of American Select, Unique, 20/28, etc
    1 each 50 Cal Muzzle Loader Over Powder Felt Wad. Seat with 3/8 Dowel Rod (Felt Wad is app .0130 thick)
    Add approximately 150 grains of shot (7.5, 8, or 9) Fill till you only have enough room to seat the Gas Check.
    Install Gas Check Cup Down
    Add Roll Crimp.

    Out of my Alaskan this is a Super Snake Load. At 5 feet it will put down a uniform pattern in about a 6" Circle. The Gas Check and Wadd will blow a hole in the center of the pattern.
    I worked with several different combinations of wads, and this worked the best.

    Bob
    Any primer set back with this light a load? With this light a load in other calibers I have had the primer back out.

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    That sounds fun Viper. Does the felt wad sit right on top of the powder? I dont have any unique but Im pretty sure I have some HP-38 and Universal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Viper225 View Post
    Easy AS Pie.
    Prime the case.
    Add approximately 6.0 grains of American Select, Unique, 20/28, etc
    1 each 50 Cal Muzzle Loader Over Powder Felt Wad. Seat with 3/8 Dowel Rod (Felt Wad is app .0130 thick)
    Add approximately 150 grains of shot (7.5, 8, or 9) Fill till you only have enough room to seat the Gas Check.
    Install Gas Check Cup Down
    Add Roll Crimp.

    Out of my Alaskan this is a Super Snake Load. At 5 feet it will put down a uniform pattern in about a 6" Circle. The Gas Check and Wadd will blow a hole in the center of the pattern.
    I worked with several different combinations of wads, and this worked the best.

    Bob
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    No Primer Set Back.
    Bagged 2 Copperheads yesterday while brush hogging the horse pasture next door. Both were in the 7 - 10 foot range. The longer shot at app 10 feet took 2 shots for it to quit moving. The first one was close to mountable. It was a thumper, over 30 Inches.

    The Felt Wad is pressed down on the powder charge firmly with a 3/8 dowel. Add all the shot you can get in the case and keep the gas check below the case mouth enough to roll crimp.
    Press the Gas Check down on the shot charge, and crimp.

    Bob

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    Did a small test with out drilled flash holes, primer was raised slightly.

    Next was 45/70 cases cut down on the rim and trimmed to equal a loaded cartridge, when I fire formed these I got lots of primer setback.

    Try 3 was with 480 case with drilled flash holes and milk carton over powder wad in place of Viper225's load. Worked great, zero set back and great pattern.

    Next up is drilled flash holes on the 45/70 cases, looking for max shot capacity and to see if I can make bottle neck shot loads for the 480 just be cause they look so cool. Not sure what I am going to use for over shot cards. I don't know if 458 gas checks are going to be big enough.

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    I hate to ask dumb questions, but why are you drilling out the flash hole??
    I have only done that for Wax Loads, propelled by the primer only.

    The 45-70 case may work out. It would sure up the shot count going to cylinder length.

    Bagged 2 more copperheads Tuesday. That is 4 in two days. I put in about 5 hours mowing today and only saw 2 non-poisonous snakes.

    Bob
    Last edited by Viper225; 08-17-2017 at 12:08 AM.

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    Drilling the primer holes to ensure zero primer set back with the light loads, had a couple that locked the cylinder up in an earlier try. Maybe overkill, but this brass will never be loaded with anything but shot loads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Viper225 View Post
    I hate to ask dumb questions, but why are you drilling out the flash hole??
    I have only done that for Wax Loads, propelled by the primer only.

    The 45-70 case may work out. It would sure up the shot count going to cylinder length.

    Bagged 2 more copperheads Tuesday. That is 4 in two days. I put in about 5 hours mowing today and only saw 2 non-poisonous snakes.

    Bob
    Boy, I like cold, poisonous snakes don't do well in Michigan. There is a small rattler in Michigan that is extremely rare, I have never seen in my life.

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C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
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