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I want to "reload" some 20 gauge shotshells with 20 gauge 'round ball' and some others with '00' Buck. The shot shells are 2 3/4, loaded with 6, 7 1/2, and 8 shot. I want to empty the existing shot and reload them as described. I am a reload novice and need to know how to best accomplish this and make sure I don't lose compression in the shell,...or blow anything up.
I am NOT removing the wad or powder load. I am trying to repurpose factory shells because I am unable to find 'round ball' and '00' Buck in factory made. I located one box (10 rds) of HERTER'S 20 gauge Round Ball at an auction, and recently came across a bulk lot of loose 20 gauge Round Ball "shot" and a bulk lot of loose '00' Buck.
I am going to try my repurposing idea anyway, but was hoping to get some advice since I haven't done ANY reloading. I do not have the normal reloader equipment, even for hand loading, but am not avert to buy some to accomplish this.
 

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I want to "reload" some 20 gauge shotshells with 20 gauge 'round ball' and some others with '00' Buck. The shot shells are 2 3/4, loaded with 8, 7 1/2, and 8 shot. I want to empty the existing shot and reload them as described. I am a reload novice and need to know how to best accomplish this and make sure I don't lose compression in the shell,...or blow anything up.
I am NOT removing the wad or powder load. I am trying to repurpose factory shells because I am unable to find 'round ball' and '00' Buck in factory made. I located one box (10 rds) of HERTER'S 20 gauge Round Ball at an auction, and recently came across a bulk lot of loose 20 gauge Round Ball "shot" and a bulk lot of loose '00' Buck.
I am going to try my repurposing idea anyway, but was hoping to get some advice since I haven't done ANY reloading. I do not have the normal reloader equipment, even for hand loading, but am not avert to buy some to accomplish this.
"...6, 7 1/2, and 8 shot."
 

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Shotshells are more forgiving in reloading but I would not recommend what you are trying to do. Why would you want to load a solid lead ball? Why wouldn't you just look for 00 buckshot or slugs for use in your 20 ga. If you have never reloaded before count your blessings on all your fingers.
Like I said, I found a box of Herter's 20 gauge "Two Ball" cartridges. They are factory made and I like the efect they have when they strike their target (think slug x2). I have seen some new factory rounds that are ball/shot cartridges, ball in front, shot in back, but that is not what I'm looking for. As for '00' for 20 ga., I have been looking consistently. I am able to find 2 Buck, and occassionally 1 Buck, but nothing in the '0's.
I don't understand what hazard you are referring to of counting my blessing on all my fingers. The cartridges are all factory loads, just in 6, 7 1/2, and 8 shot. All I want to do is replace the shot and re-seal the shell. I am not changing anything else about the cartridges. I have already removed the shot from several in the past and they basically became "party poppers". They had no recoil, very little "pop", and spit the wad about 15 ft. I am wondering why one couldn't just replace the existing shot with the ball or buck and reseal the shell. Seems like it would be similar to the final steps in a standard reload process.
I am asking because I honestly don't see a problem other than not getting a good seal and losing the pressure necessary to make them effective. That is why I am asking. I thought someone here would have that information on a better platform than just an internet video.
So how do you properly re-seal the shell to get proper pressure?
 

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I'd suggest a roll crimp for round ball loads, these also make a pretty good crimp for shot when combined with overshot cards. The lifespan of the roll crimped hulls seems to be shortened when compared to a star crimp. Nothing wrong with round ball loads if they are loaded to within reasonable pressures. What type of loading press are you working with?
I do not have a press, or even hand load equipment. The shells I am working with have a rounded edge (roll crimp?) with separation lines in the middle. I am trying to find out the best way to repurpose factory shells after removing the existing shot loads. I know when there is no shot load the shells are "weak". I want to know how to reseal them after I trade shot loads, and if I need a buffer substance around the '00'. The factory shells are 6, 7 1/2, and 8, and not buffered.
Just trying to learn if this idea will work.
 

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Do NOT do this. Get a reloading manual and read it, then read it again.
Then buy yourself a Lee Classic Loader in 20 gauge. Follow the recipes to the “T” when reloading your shells. If you can’t find the recipe that you are trying to achieve then there is a reason for that.

Start with all new components, try “Ballistic Products”. They have everything you need to get started reloading shotgun shells.

Try ebay for the reloader.

Remember follow the recipe and you will have fun reloading. Follow them not and bad things can and will happen.
UPDATE:
So far so good. Got the Lee press in 20 ga. . Located 11.5 lbs of 20 ga full bore round ball at auction and bid to win. Purchased several reloading manuals for shotshell and pistol and rifle at auction. Am reading them as time allows withmy job, etc. . Bought brand new 20 ga 3" hulls and plastic wads for slugs, as well. I figure I'll read up before I puchase the primers and the powder so I'm sure of what I'm buying, but I'm keeping an eye on prices. Trying not to let it get too high before i start stocking.
 

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Very good. I'm sure you'll be much better off and you'll be more pleased than you ever could be with the OP method!

Keep your eyes peeled for primers and powder. They're getting hard to come by.

--Wag--
I can find them all over the place in on-line auctions, but no one will ship them because of the classification and costs.
 
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