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Old January 22, 2012, 08:25 AM   #1
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Handloading 12 Ga Saboted Slugs

Recently purchased a scoped, rifled barrel for my Mossberg 500. Was wondering about what is required to load saboted slugs. Where to get what components? Can you use once fired shot hulls? I've many years experience loading metallic cartridges but zero loading shotshells. I looked at, looks like it would be cheaper just to buy loaded rounds.

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Old January 22, 2012, 01:08 PM   #2
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These people have anything you could ever need to load shotgun. Including load manuals for slugs and sabots. A good selection of sabots complete with wads and info on how they're loaded.
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Old January 22, 2012, 01:29 PM   #3
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First you need a Mec 600jr press. You can use once fired shot hulls, if there is a recipe/load data for them. Cast your own or buy Lee slugs.
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Old January 22, 2012, 04:20 PM   #4
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I have no hands-on experience, but the people I know who tried said it was hard to get them consistent and they could never reproduce the accuracy of factory slugs. YMMV.
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Old January 22, 2012, 04:59 PM   #5
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If the idea is to save money, first try various rifled slugs, the kind used in smooth barrels.
Some work remarkably well in rifled barrels.
Lots cheaper than sabots, too.
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Old January 22, 2012, 05:40 PM   #6
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It is possible. I would start by buying their manual.
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