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  • A question about reloading non-toxic shot in brass shotshells…

     james updated 11 months, 2 weeks ago 2 Members · 4 Posts
  • james

    June 15, 2021 at 5:40 am

    Hi, everyone. I’ve been reloading rifle cartridges for a while, but I’m now looking to get into shotshell reloading. I’ve have been doing tons of research but can’t find the answers to some of the questions I have before pulling the trigger on some components. What I’m trying to do is load brass shotshells for upland hunting, and to that end I’ve purchased and read through the Reloading Brass Shotshells book from BPI. It’s got some great info and load data, but nothing specifically for bismuth shot. I have a good cheap source for bismuth, so what I’m wondering is, can I simply replace lead with bismuth in the lead load for the same shot weight? (I realize volume won’t be the same.) What about different shot sizes? As I understand it, there is more margin for error when using black powder because of its low density. Forgive me if these are newbie questions, and I really appreciate any insight you more experienced folks around here might be able to offer!

  • Deeschuck

    June 15, 2021 at 5:40 am

    If you haven’t already, head over to []( to peruse and ask this. There are a ton of shotgun nerds over there and one of them will likely be able to point you in the right direction.

  • edwardphonehands

    June 15, 2021 at 5:40 am

    Why brass and why black powder? You should easily find bismuth and other lead-free data for smokeless powder in plastic or paper hulls. Anyway, good luck finding what you prefer.

  • GasFlow

    June 15, 2021 at 5:40 am

    Shotgun loads are exact recipes. You should not mix and match components.

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