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Replacing Birdshot with Buckshot ???

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Old 09-27-2008, 12:38 AM   #1
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Replacing Birdshot with Buckshot ???

Is it possible to open a shotshell that is loaded with birdshot and replace it with #4 Buckshot ??

I'm asking because I can buy the 100 round packs # walmart pretty cheap, and loose shot is not that expensive.

What would be required to do this safely and effectively ??

I'm also thinking of this as a cheap, SHTF, ran out of the good stuff option.

Any thoughts ??
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Old 09-27-2008, 12:58 AM   #2
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Interesting question. I'll be looking for a good answer myself.
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Old 09-27-2008, 01:12 AM   #3
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LIGHTLY open up the crimps with a butter knife, replace the shot, and use a "re-crimper"
(they make something like that for people who re-load their own shells)

It would be cool to make some of them Rock-Salt loads like Granny from the Beverly Hillbillies!!!





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Old 09-27-2008, 01:13 AM   #4
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Buy a Lee Load-All. I have reloaded every kind of 12 gauge round I could think of with this thing. Slugs, Buck, Bird, Flechette! these can be bought at midway for under $50. Once you get a 'feel' for reloading the crimps will look as good as factory ammo. Seriously everyone should have one of these.
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Old 09-27-2008, 06:48 AM   #5
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I doubt that once you have really run the number that it turns out cost effective. You have to buy the economy birdshot ammo, then the buckshot and then the labor to do the conversion.

The other problem is buckshot can behaves very differently in the barrel than bird shot. So a powder charge that is safe with 1.125oz of birdshot may or may not be safe with a similar weight of buckshot. Watch for deals on buckshot and stock up if that it was you need/shoot.

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Old 09-27-2008, 06:50 AM   #6
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I just buy #4 rounds...which are a good choice IMO.
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Old 09-27-2008, 07:33 AM   #7
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I doubt that once you have really run the number that it turns out cost effective. You have to buy the economy birdshot ammo, then the buckshot and then the labor to do the conversion.

The other problem is buckshot can behaves very differently in the barrel than bird shot. So a powder charge that is safe with 1.125oz of birdshot may or may not be safe with a similar weight of buckshot. Watch for deals on buckshot and stock up if that it was you need/shoot.

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Old 09-27-2008, 12:04 PM   #8
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If you replace the birdshot with the same weight or less using buckshot, you'll be ok. I can speculate that patterns will be wide and useful only for close range. Most factory buckshot is buffered to limit pellet damage for tighter patterns

Just buy cheap 25rd boxes of buckshot online from places like ammotogo, natchez, ammoman, etc. It's cheaper and safer - especially if don't have access to shotgun reloading components.
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Old 09-27-2008, 12:12 PM   #9
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There is such a difference in powder charge that I don't know if the heavier shot would come out at an effective velocity. If I remember corectly walmart had winchester 00buck for $7.98 a box of 15 , I know that is a lot more expensive than their bulk pack target rounds but you also know you can trust them.
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Old 09-28-2008, 10:00 AM   #10
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All interesting ideas.

Like I said, I was thinking SHTF and what it would take to convert cheap stuff ... The birdshot would be the last stuff on the shelves, IMO ... So I was just thinking .... Thanks for the responses.
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