Now this is one I get asked often, and that is "How much stuff should I have saved?"

There are a few things to think about about when discussing this. The main ones are:

*How much do you shoot or plan to shoot?

*What kind of shooting do you or do you plan to do? i.e. plinking, hunting, competition

*How much ammo do you want on hand?

*How much supplies can you safely store?

So now lets see someone answer, and go from there:

*How much do you shoot? I shoot a lot.

*What kind of shooting do you do? I hunt a little, but mostly plinking. I do want to hunt more, and try shooting competition.

*How much ammo do you want on hand? I am not sure. I do know I want to be able to keep hunting and shooting if a gun grabber gets back in office.

*How much reloading supplies can you safely store? However many I need.

Now a person like this I would say after you got your ammo built up some I personally would keep:

*8 pounds of each main rifle powder

*2 pounds of each main pistol powder

*4 pounds of each main shotgun powder

*Now if one of the powders I'd use in pistol is also a shotgun powder I use then I would double the amount of the two combined. If one of my shotgun powders is used for hunting, and say trap loads then double that powder amount.

*Primers I would say 2,000 of each time I reload for.

*Bullets I would say 500 of each per caliber, per type, and per gun.

Now if you are truly just reloading, and shooting on rare occasion it will be much less, but at the very least this is what I consider the minimum each reloader should have on hand no matter how little they shoot:

*2 pounds each of your main rifle powders

*1 pound each of your main pistol powders

*2 pounds each of your main shotgun powders

*300 of each primer type

*200 bullets per type per caliber

So you now have the information on the different types of lead shot, what they are used for, and what shot weights are used in the field, and in competition. Now you need to pull out your reloading manual, reloading recipe book, or my favorite spot the Hodgdon website (Do note that all powder manufacturers will provide data online for their products, and you can even contact them through e-mail typically and they will give you more information), and get a couple ideas for loads.

In this blog I am going to go over the common types of loads, their shot sizes, what they are used for, and suggest powders. Now all this information is for the 12 Gauge 2 3/4" Winchester AA, Federal Gold Medal plastic, and Remington Nitro/STS/Gunclub  hulls with lead shot. Most powders listed are Hodgdon, IMR, or Winchester as it is what I mainly use so I have lot of experience with them. If you are not sure what shot type to use (chilled, drop shot, or magnum shot) please see the previous blog entry.

As we move closer to you creating your first load one of the important things we need to discuss is the types of shot. There are a few materials used for shot for shotguns. They are Lead (which has several different types), Bismuth (a non toxic shot), Steel (a non toxic shot), and the pile driver of non toxic shot Hevi-Shot.

Now when picking out your first initial shotgun press you need to keep it as simple, and basic as possible until you truly get the hang of things. A single stage press is going to be your best bet as you manually move the shell from station to station, and have total control of what is going on, and can see what is done every step of the way. The two main single stage presses that are great for beginners and old timers still use them are the Lee Load All II, and the MEC 600 Jr. Mark V.

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As an introduction to shotgun reloading in this video I discuss the reasons to reload for shotgun, and the cost effectiveness of reloading. As the video series progresses I will get more into detail over the how, and why of reloading including presses, powders, wads, shot, and buffer.

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