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I've never loaded 'em. Dad used to, but unfortunately I never paid attention while he did, so I know nothing.

I've got a Lee loader (press), a bunch of (Remington) hulls, umpteen pounds of Unique, Red Dot, and various other powders, a recent delivery of Cheddite primers, and a few bags of #4 and #6 lead shot.

What I don't have are wads. Not sure which ones to get/use. I can't imagine that there'd be much difference between any of them with an explosion going on underneath, but apparently there is.

Any recommendations for wads? And loads? I'm looking for duck and upland bird (pheasant/partridge) loads.


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From what I’ve heard loading shotshells is that you have to stick to a known recipe. She’ll, powder,wad, shot…or you can have bad experience just like with metallic reloading.



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I've reloaded shotgun since 1969, 12 gauge, 20 gauge and 410 bore. I still do it just about every week.

Yes, you need to stick to a recipe, not one your buddy gave you but a published recipe from either a reloading handbook or a powder manufacturer's reloading website. All factors are critical, hull, primer, wad, shot, powder.

What wad you use is determined by the load you want, how many ounces of shot specifically as there are a few options on how much.

So you determine what gauge or bore, what primers you have, what hulls you have to reload, how much shot you want and what size, then find a published load for it. Your #4 shot is typically for waterfowl or birds or small animals around that size. If it's lead, it's illegal for waterfowl, though.

Using the wrong wad with a given load can cause a dangerous overcharge and blow up your gun, so it's nothing to fool with.

Here's a link to one of the best shotshell reloading handbooks, Lyman's 5th Edition on Amazon. It tells you how to reload and everything you need to know about all aspects of shotshells. I highly recommend it.

https://www.amazon.com/Lyman-S...l%2Caps%2C142&sr=8-2
 
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Thank you sir. Ordered one up.


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My pleasure.
 
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There are a lot of differences between the hulls, wads, & primers when loading for shotgun. I completely agree to use only published recipes when it comes to reloading. The hulls come in tapered basewads & straight wall basewads. Your wad will be chosen based on which hull you choose. I believe that all Remington, & most Winchester hulls have a tapered basewad. The wads also have specific payload sizes.

Shotgunworld has a great reloading forum for shotgun that covers all aspects of reloading for shotgun.
 
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