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RMc

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.310" Buckshot - For Todays Smoothbore Handloader
« on: February 21, 2018, 01:46:19 pm »
In many ways a .310" hard cast ball is just about the perfect size for todays buckshot handloader.  These stack easily inside the shot cup of many plastic target wads in layers of three for a 9 pellet,  9/10 th ounce load.  Even better, the .31" pellet fits neatly into 6 two pellet layers in many 1.25 ounce size plastic wads for a 1.20 ounce payload.  Best of all the Lee Precision 6 cavity mold, sold only by Track of The Wolf, produces a flush cut sprue and so comes out of the mold ready to load.


https://www.trackofthewolf.com/Categories/PartDetail.aspx/1202/1/LEE-310-6C
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    Re: .310" Buckshot - For Todays Smoothbore Handloader
    « Reply #1 on: February 21, 2018, 11:58:08 pm »
    Yup.  Sounds about right.  I like to run No. 1 buck when I can find it - which is not often these days.
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    Re: .310" Buckshot - For Todays Smoothbore Handloader
    « Reply #2 on: February 22, 2018, 12:05:49 am »
    The .310" pellet is actually known today as #1-1/2 Buckshot by the folks at Ballistic products.

    Take a look at the chart referenced below:

    http://www.ballisticproducts.com/Buckshot-Loading-Manual-4th-ed/productinfo/00MBUCK/

    For what it's worth, none of the commercially loaded #1B come close to the nominal .30" diameter - usually running .286" to .290" in diameter and 33 to 35 grains each.

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    Re: .310" Buckshot - For Todays Smoothbore Handloader
    « Reply #3 on: March 13, 2019, 08:03:21 pm »
    Just wondering if anyone has tried this intermediate buckshot pellet size.
     
    In addition to the Lee 6 cavity mold offered by Track of the Wolf, this pellet size is available as a swaged high antimony pellet from Ballistic Products and as a cast "hardball" lead alloy pellet from Hunters Supply cast bullets.

    These .310" buckshot pellets run approximately 44 grains or 10 pellets to the ounce. 

    https://www.trackofthewolf.com/Categories/PartDetail.aspx/1202/1/LEE-310-6C

    https://www.ballisticproducts.com/Super-Buck-Lead-1-1_2-8-lb_jar-310/productinfo/SBK15/

    http://hunters-supply.com/buck-shot-lbs-p-1072.html
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    Re: .310" Buckshot - For Todays Smoothbore Handloader
    « Reply #4 on: March 13, 2019, 08:25:26 pm »
    I haven't tried these products yet but I have heard good things about the Lee molds.  Very easy to use and rust free.  Just don't drop one on the concrete garage floor or you may end up with a misaligned set.   :panic

    Ballistic Products and Hunter's Supply are companies I haven't personally dealt with but I know Ballistic Products is very highly regarded in the Sporting Clays community for their products and customer service.
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    Re: .310" Buckshot - For Todays Smoothbore Handloader
    « Reply #5 on: March 13, 2019, 11:32:54 pm »
    The Lee 6 cavity .310" RB mold is not a standard Lee item.  It is carried only by Track Of The Wolf.  The 6 cavity mold is an easy mold to use compared to the 18 cavity Lee buckshot mold in three traditional sizes.

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    Re: .310" Buckshot - For Todays Smoothbore Handloader
    « Reply #6 on: March 13, 2019, 11:38:38 pm »
    A neighbor used to cast conical bullets for his black powder cartridge rifles and was a real fan of the Lee aluminum mold blocks compared to older styles. 
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