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While doing a little cleaning (looking for stuff that needs to be thrown away) this morning, I came across a string of shotgun shell Christmas lights. Those little white Christmas lights that are stuck into empty shotgun shells. At first I threw them in the trash, then got to thinking.... they are hi-brass shells. Upon further inspection, they are new unfired Fiocchi shells without a primer. It took a while, but I finally got the shells separated from the lights (and the lights went into the trash).

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The red shells are the "Christmas Lights Shells". The white (clear) shells are ones I picked up at the MDOT Sporting Clays Shoot earlier this month. Got almost 100 of those...... (for free). All these shells (45 total) are now loaded with Lyman pellet slugs.

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And the boxes are labeled............... :cool:

Then I thought about the buckshot again. Over a year ago I bought 3 molds for buckshot and cast a bunch of each size (#1, 00 and 000) out of pure lead. I even bought a bunch of new primed hulls and special wads to load buckshot. Just never got around to it............. until today.

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This is a Bear Mach press that I bought many years ago off eBay. I had never heard of Bear shotgun shell presses and the price was right. It is a GOOD press. Well made and sturdy. Too bad they don't make them anymore. The reason I used this press over my MEC 600, is this press has both a 6-point and 8-point crimp start station. The MEC just has one crimp start station. Both types of Fiocchi shells I used today for the Lyman slugs have 6-point crimps. And the Remington hi-brass shells I used for the buckshot shells have 8-point crimps.

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Components for buckshot shells. To keep things simple for my first buckshot shells, I used #1 buckshot because it will fit into a standard wad. 00 and 000 buckshot require a special wad. The load is 12 pellets. And since 12 - #1 Buck pellets weight almost the same as a Lyman pellet slug, I used the same powder load of 18.0gr of Promo.

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Working on filling this box with #1 Buckshot shells.

Loading buckshot is a slow process, but a fun one (at least for the first time). Having to count out the pellets and arrange them in the wad takes a little time. However, the time put in to making them will make shooting them more enjoyable.


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Looking good! I'll have to start saving/collecting shotgun shells, along with all the other brass!
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