I'm an experienced metallic loader, looking to load 12 gauge slugs for the first time.
My goal for slugs is to load them inexpensively in an auto loader. I don't have the interest in loading shot shells like I do metallic cartridges, I'm just tired of spending $1.10 per shell for the occasional times I do shoot slugs.
At most I expect to go through 50-100 slugs a year.
So I concocted an idea in my head, thought I'd see what ya'll thought:
- Buy bird shot that has 1oz loads, I can buy a box of Remington shells for like $5.50
- Open them up and dump the shot out (save it, and melt it into slugs later)
- Buy a Lee 1oz mold and cast the slugs
- Drop the slug into the shell I removed the shot from (keeping the original powder and wad in place)
- Buy a roll crimp drill adapter (you can get them for $20 shipped on amazon)
- Roll crimp the load
Once the tooling pays for itself I would be loading slugs for around 22 - 25 cents a round.
At that price I wouldn't reload the shells, just once and done.
Seems like a super cost and time effective way of rolling out slugs easily.
Anyone ever tried something like that?