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Reloading Question

Guys Im just getting into shooting trap and I love it!
I have a lee load all 2 12 gauge shotshell press. Where can I get reasonably cheap components to reload 2 3/4" 7 1/2-9 trap shells? Any tips or tricks?
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Well...what hulls are you using? You will hafta buy wads that fit your hull. Being new to trap shooting im assuming your shooting from the 16 yard line. Im gonna be honest with you here, I enjoy reloading but with the current price of components plus your time you may as well go buy a case of rios from pm supply. I use the 3 dram equiv with 1 ⅛ of 8 shot. You get a 10 box case for about $60 and from the 16 there is no difference between them and federal gold metals or any of the other higher priced shells. If you still wanna reload you can pm me and ill help you to the best of my ability.

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Scratch that 1&8538 my phone put it there and for some reason i cant edit it. Its supposed to say 1 1/8 ounce of 8 shot

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Where can I get reasonably cheap components to reload 2 3/4" 7 1/2-9 trap shells? Any tips or tricks?
Sadly, as we all know, the days of "reasonably priced" are gone.

However, there are a few corners you can cut without affecting anything.

First is wads. Skip the Win or Rem brands. I shoot Claybusters at about half the cost. There are others as well. Just look for "AA clones" and you'll find replacements for the big name brands.

Another, though harder, place is in shot. That's really the killer right now. I hesitate to shoot reclaimed shot. I could've just bought tons (literally) of it, but passed. Some is quite good, others not so much, and some is downright terrible. I'm not risking my bores to something like that. However, there are still a handful of guys that will take reclaimed shot, melt it down, and remanufacture fresh shot out of it. Cheaper than the big name bagged stuff, but price and quality vary, along with the trouble of finding a small operation that still does it.

An obvious area is hulls. You can go to your local club and likely scrounge all the hulls you need for free. Look for Win AA, Rem STS, or Rem Gun Club hulls. Skip the rest. Those mentioned are the universal hulls, that everybody makes components (wads) for, and that you can find load data everywhere.

Compare powders. A few recent entries in the powder field are designed to offer more loads per dollar. Use those and you'll stretch your money as well.

I still reload. Yes, it's not nearly as cost effective as it once was, but it IS still cheaper, and for a better quality shell. I use rainy evenings, or bitter cold winter days, to just load up hundreds at a time. It doesn't take long to put a season's worth on the shelf, in time that wasn't otherwise useful.
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Geez, anyone who wants hulls can come to our range and pick up all you can take!!! The more the merrier, otherwise they go to the scrap yard for $$. www.rockmountainclays.com

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Gotta watch which hulls your reloading tho...You don't wanna reload a two piece hull

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thanks everyone...how can I tell if a hull is 2 piece?
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Well...what hulls are you using? You will hafta buy wads that fit your hull. Being new to trap shooting im assuming your shooting from the 16 yard line. Im gonna be honest with you here, I enjoy reloading but with the current price of components plus your time you may as well go buy a case of rios from pm supply. I use the 3 dram equiv with 1 ⅛ of 8 shot. You get a 10 box case for about $60 and from the 16 there is no difference between them and federal gold metals or any of the other higher priced shells. If you still wanna reload you can pm me and ill help you to the best of my ability.
What is PM Supply?
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Two peice hulls such as rio's, estates and a few others shouldn't be reloaded. One piece such as federal gold metals, AA's and nitros are fine. There are others that can and others that can't these just seem to be the most popular. PM supply is in ebensburg, look them up online and call ahead of time if you are gonna go. Seems they can't keep to many things on the shelves these days. Also, if you are gonna reload watch what primers you buy. European Hulls have a slightly bigger primer so you hafta use a European primer to reload them.

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"One piece such as federal gold metals, AA's and nitros are fine."


How many times can a shell like these be reloaded safely?
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