Shotshell reloading is like baking. Stick to the recipe, pay close attention and you’ll get something delicious. Improvise, and the results could be ugly
While I have tried a variety of test media during the course of my ballistic misadventures, I much prefer working with gelatin.
In the days when smoothbore, flintlock muskets were all the rage, crafty soldiers would slip in a few pellets of buckshot to increase the hit potential when firing less than accurate weapons.
Amateur terminal performance testing can provide a great deal of useful information about a load, especially when two rounds are compared side by side.
I’m confident that within its range limitations, any load incorporating the DGS slug would be effective on any North American game animal or attacker.
Still in hot pursuit of the perfect homebrew self-defense 12-gauge slug, I bagged round one and took on AG slugs modified for accuracy in smoothbores.
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.