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Title: New uses for the old 12 gauge Lee Loader
Post by: RMc on November 15, 2017, 04:50:51 pm
Yes, the Classic Lee Shotshell Loader is still a valued adjunct to my shotshell handloading bench.

- The shot dippers are the perfect size for dipping proper Black Powder charges for cartridges otherwise assembled on a shotshell loading press.

- The sizer/crimp die does a beautiful job of increasing the crimp radius after separate roll crimping is completed. Using a Rockchucker press with an old loading die inserted as a stop, insert the finished roll crimp shotshell into the lee die and use the press ram (w/o shell holder) to press the shotshell into the Lee die. Lower the ram and remove the Lee die and eject the roll crimped shell - now sporting a well beveled radius.

Talk about smooth feeding shotshells!
Title: Re: New uses for the old 12 gauge Lee Loader
Post by: coelacanth on November 15, 2017, 09:08:27 pm
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Title: Re: New uses for the old 12 gauge Lee Loader
Post by: RMc on November 16, 2017, 10:42:09 am
Sometimes I wonder how many on this forum actually handload high performance shotshells or delight in putting together enough black powder paper cartridges to add a bit of lagniappe to an informal clay target get together.   :hmm

Title: Re: New uses for the old 12 gauge Lee Loader
Post by: coelacanth on November 16, 2017, 12:04:38 pm
I used to fart around with it more than I do now.  A buddy of mine had all the reloading stuff for 12 and 20 and I used to buy components so we could share the production but he's gone now and the reloading stuff went to one of his relatives.  I haven't acquired my own shot shell set-up at this point but it could happen at some point.   :hmm
Title: Re: New uses for the old 12 gauge Lee Loader
Post by: wyatt on November 16, 2017, 04:37:59 pm
Sometimes I wonder how many on this forum actually handload high performance shotshells or delight in putting together enough black powder paper cartridges to add a bit of lagniappe  to an informal clay target get together.   :hmm



"lagniappe"!  :clap   I bet I know where you're from! I'm a Texan but lived in Louisiana for about 16 years of my life. My wife's half Cajun French and half Tejana.
Title: Re: New uses for the old 12 gauge Lee Loader
Post by: RMc on November 16, 2017, 10:46:39 pm
"lagniappe"!  :clap   I bet I know where you're from! I'm a Texan but lived in Louisiana for about 16 years of my life. My wife's half Cajun French and half Tejana.

The term is quite well known all along the Gulf Coast - a real cultural and linguistic melting pot.
Title: Re: New uses for the old 12 gauge Lee Loader
Post by: RMc on February 21, 2018, 03:08:52 pm
So, how many on this forum actually handload high performance or speciallty shotshells?
Title: Re: New uses for the old 12 gauge Lee Loader
Post by: Plebian on February 21, 2018, 04:55:26 pm
So, how many on this forum actually handload high performance or speciallty shotshells?

I do load shotshells, but I do not think anything I load would be considered high performance or specialty. The 7.5 birdshot for quail, dove, pheasant, prairie chicken and turkey seems pretty standard, and the #4 buckshot that I load for coyotes/pests is pretty standard.

I have never seen much call for anything beyond those boring and functional loads. Maybe, if I hunted deer or hog with a shotgun I might load some larger buck or a slug. I usually hunt those animals with a bow or revolver if within shotgun range.

If it can fly it gets popped with birdshot, and if it walks it gets a dose of #4. That idea has worked a charm for me so far.