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     james updated 11 months, 1 week ago 2 Members · 7 Posts
  • james

    June 15, 2021 at 6:41 am

    Lead shot vs steel shot-which is more affordable/available? Looking to load some recreational clay shooting loads for a good price. New to the shotshell game so any recommendations are appreciated. Thanks!

    Also, any recommendations for a good shotshell powder that can possibly double as a pistol powder as well? Thanks!

  • diyhguy

    June 15, 2021 at 6:41 am

    Right now the best components are the ones you can find in stock. Primers and powder will be the hardest to find. Most everyone shoots lead shot unless regulations require steel.

  • JohnPonPopeTheSecond

    June 15, 2021 at 6:41 am

    I use alliant unique powder for my 28 gauge and i also use it for loading 32 acp and 380. You’ll find a lot of pistol recipes out there that call for unique, and I haven’t had any reason to switch.

    Lead shot is more affordable, and steel is a pain to do. You have to hand weigh every charge of shot since most presses are set up for lead (different densities)

  • marvinheckler

    June 15, 2021 at 6:41 am

    Related question. For the same weight of shot, lead and steel use different powders, I assume this is because of the difference in wads (steel taking up more volume needing a slower powder due to less cushion with the wad is my assumption). Does anyone have experience or insight in how they test these recipes?


    June 15, 2021 at 6:41 am

    What ga are you reloading, and what pistol are you shooting. Longshot is a good powder for 12ga, 10ga and doubles as a good powder for 40 S&W and, 10MM you can do hot 9mm loads with it, and it will get the bullet down the barrel for 357 Mag and 44 Mag but there are better powders for those cases. There are some loads for the 45ACP as well, but Longshot tends to work better in the rounds designed to work at higher pressures.

    Lead tends to be cheaper, I have a shot trickler so I just get scrap lead, clean it up, and melt it in the trickler to make my own lead shot. It’s easier and cheaper than paying shipping on lead shot.

  • marcuccione

    June 15, 2021 at 6:41 am

    If you’re shooting at a trap club, you should also find out if steel is allowed if you haven’t already. Some won’t let you shoot steel shot.


    June 15, 2021 at 6:41 am

    Unfortunately Right now your answer to both is neither one. Everything is really expensive and nothing is readily available.

    Titewad and Red dot do double duty well.

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