Over the past decade I’ve grown somewhat obsessed with shotguns, especially when they’re loaded up with slugs: ragged and imprecise, but powerful.
A well worn topic of debate among firearms enthusiasts is the effectiveness of birdshot for close range personal defense applications.
In certain shotshell loading circumstances, it is advantageous to apply a roll crimp rather than the more common fold crimp.
While I appreciate the decisive effect a shotgun slug has on targets inside 100 yards, I don’t necessarily appreciate their cost. Solution? Slug molds.
The Baikal MP 94, equipped with both a shotgun barrel and a rifle barrel, is the ideal gun for both small and big game hunting.
A handloader can manufacture practice slugs at a fraction of the cost of most factory ammunition allowing for plenty of inexpensive range time.
Lead is abundant, cheap and possesses favorable density and malleability but in recent years, hunters have been warming up to lighter copper alloys.
Of the many technologies intended to improve the accuracy of shotgun slugs, rifled choke tubes seem to be the most summarily dismissed. So, can a few inches of shallow rifling at the end of a smooth barrel do anything to tighten slug groups?
By reducing the length of shotgun shells to two inches via handloading, a shotgun has added ammunition capacity. The increased capacity is only helpful if the ammo performs as needed in terms of feeding, cycling, and pattern, though. Our writer took to the range to test the performance.
Handloading can be an enjoyable relaxation activity for some and a way to save money for others. However, some are into reloading because it allows you to create custom loads not commonly available on store shelves. Our writer makes up a sample pack of reduced length 12 gauge shotshells.