I have been talking a lot about how to reload for a shotgun, and the benefits. Now before doing more blogs on how to reload for shotgun I want to share some of my experiences

I am sharing about my hunting ammo, and what is behind it. This is not a review or a how to, but the story that came about of how, and why I created the hunting rounds like I did. As I type this I do so with tears in my eyes, but a giant grin on my face. 


In 1996 on November 11th my father was crushed to death in a car accident caused by a wreckless semi-tuck driver. Which at 15 I helped ID his body, and that whole series of events I can remember in great detail. Now it is bad enough that he was killed around the holiday season and that I had to see his body like that, but my birthday is December 8th, and this birthday was going to be special. My dad was an amazing mechanic, and was going to buy a junk Chevy Nova for us to rebuild from the ground up together, and it would be my first car. 

So in the final verdict is buy these, and you won't be disappointed. With a side note. I shoot a lot, and spend sometimes more time at a range in a weekend then people will in a year. Without that regular shooting, and working on my shots there is no way I would have been capable of making an ethical shot at that distance with those winds. I cannot say enough PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE your shooting regularly. From different positions, and different angles, off hand, from a bipod, shooting sticks, etc, There are always changes or things you have to adapt to. Especially when doing a DIY public land hunt 17 hours away from home.

Longshot is a true magnum shotgun powder for 12 gauge. It can be used for high velocity loads, and heavy magnum loads. Here are some of the ballisitics provided by Hodgdon for the Federal 2 3/4" Gold Medal hulls. 1 1/4oz of lead can be pushed to 1,495fps, and 1 1/8oz can be pushed to 1,585fps.Which 3" steel shot velocity coming from a 2 3/4" hull with lead.

Winchester WSF is a ball powder used in a vast array of 20 gauge loads, and higher velocity 1 1/8 ounce 12 gauge target loads, and 1 1/4 ounce standard loads. WSF actually stands for Winchester Super Field, and you can actually duplicate Winchester Super X 1 1/4 ounce 1,330fps 12 gauge loads with this powder and Winchester AA hulls. It is a fine ball powder that meters greatly. It also has a wide array of applications for handguns. You can purchase it in 1lb containers, 4lb jugs, and 8lb jugs.


I have used Winchester WSF in a lot of 12 gauge loads since 2013, and now that my son is reloading for his 20 gauge he is using it as his main powder. For years I used it as my main field powder for small game, and it has been my backup powder for handicap trap, and sporting clays as you can get higher velocity from with a lower pressure. It burns clean, meters well, has a great shot to shot consistency, and has a lower price point then some others. It can have a little bit louder of a muzzle report then say Hodgdon 700x & 800x Most people will probably never know, but I am a professional musician, music producer, and audio engineer so I notice even slight things like that. 



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

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