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Started Pouring My Own Grape Shot

Discussion in 'Shotguns (SGC)' started by tinmanofkent, Jan 8, 2020.

  1. tinmanofkent

    tinmanofkent God

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    A friend needs some loads for geese he is going off to shoot and wanted 50 grams of BB. After a bit of research I found that I can make up to shot size 4 or 5 with my shot trickler but no bigger. I can buy moulds to cast big shot but this only goes as small as AAA and up to slug. There is a gap between No.4 and AAA shot that cannot be made at home. Industrially it is made by a machine which meters and cuts lead wire before pressing it into shape!

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    I bought a Lee buckshot mould which is equivalent to UK size SG and he will have to cope with that as he doesn’t want to pay for his cartridges, because he is tight/broke/both.

    The mould is aluminium and has groves lightly cut into the faces to allow air to purge from the cavities, which are three chambers deep. When the mould is cold there are a lot of misshapen shot. The lead must remain molten for as long as possible in order to flow and fully fill the cavities. The mould produces strings of three shot which can then be cut apart with a knife. Very hot produces best results.
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    The neighbourhood gunsmith heard what I was upto and offered me another mould for a tenner, which I couldn’t pass up. It appears to make slug and ball for .410 as it is labelled as 36 Gauge. Not sure what use, if any, it will be but casting is so addictive I have to keep it!

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    Hi can your mate shoot Geese with lead shot?
     
  3. tinmanofkent

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    Yes of course.

    Much better than steel when it’s an option.

    Although I don’t think SG is the right size.
     
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    Quick update: now made over 11kg of SG, which is enough to load well over 300 cartridges.

    The cutting apart of the strings of three shot with a knife is the biggest time waste. On an American group they told me to file down some side cutters and snip instead of cut. Works brilliantly.
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    Today I fired up the tumbler with some of the SG shot in it. The shot is extremely noisy in the rotating drum but the action removes any large imperfections and gives a more uniform surface to the shot. A little graphite powder gives a pleasing dark appearance.


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    After tumbling:
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  6. Figgy

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    Looks good, what size carts are you loading?

    The .410 slugs look interesting, unless you have fac don't load a cart with them.
     
  7. DrGunn

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    The slug and ball mould may be for making .36 Black Powder revolver ammo:
    https://www.henrykrank.com/muzzle-l...ls/moulds.html?mode=list&product_calibre=1036
    I had intended to get one to feed my .44 Pietta Colt revolver but ended up selling it as I didn’t get on with it.
     
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    I only load 12 gauge up to 3” currently.

    Don’t worry, I definitely definitely wouldn’t dream of loading any cartridges with shot sizes bigger than .360 or fewer than 5 projectiles. Cross my heart and hope to die.
     
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    I think you’re probably right. Someone also said it might be for a Navy and I read elsewhere that .360 Gauge is an obsolete calibre.

    Good link to Krank’s page, thanks. I only paid a tenner for the mould and they’re £50 new from Krank so I’m happy.
     
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