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alright heres the deal I have been thinking about reloading my duck shells and maybe trap and skeet loads, I have a few questions for those of yall that might know something about it. Wanting 2 3/4 and 3 inch, 3.5 optional

#1 Whats the best press? Would like to stay around 100 to 200 bucks.

#2 I read on alot of the presses it was set up for lead, what modifications need to be made for steel shot?

#3 Whats the best powder, and wad?

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yes you can reload shot shells. i can only answer 1 question for you and that about the press, go with a progressive press instead of a single stage press. a preogressive press everytime you pull the lever a round comes out ready to shoot where as a single stage is you have to so everything by hand ie measuring powder, putting in the wadding then shot and then crimp. now a progressive is over 200 bucks but its well worth it. the 2 best presses are Lee and RCBS

sorry i cant answer any of the other questions. i reload rifle ammo but the press for rifle and shotgun is the same general concept
 

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We never reloaded shotgun shells because typically you could buy them cheaper than it was worth to reload them yourself since they are more work than your regular brass shells. Havent done any reloading with dad in years so that may have changed now
 

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I figured it up and I can load steel shot bbs in 3 inch for 8-9 dollars a box compared to paying between 13 and 16 dollars a box
 

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I'd just google reloading forums and see whats out there
 

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Never reloaded anything but 2 3/4 inch with lead shot. Reload all my trap,skeet,sporting,dove/quail,and squirrel loads.I have an old MEC versamec loader and under ideal conditions,I can load 10 boxes an hour--usually run about 8 boxes an hour.Best I can tell,this press can be used to load steel,but you will need to get a Lyman reloading handbook for all the details.You will need different wads for steel,and different powders will be necessary for the various loads of lead. Shotshell reloading is much,much simpler than metallic-particularly for rifle shells.Again, the Lyman handbook is the key.I would suggest getting two presses as changing from 2 3/4 to 3 inch is a major process. By the way,I have been reloading for 35 years,and have shot literally hundreds of thousands of hand loads.Wore out a humpback browning,a super x 1,a 101 winchester,and a browning 425 in the process.Never had any problems,but gar guys shot a squib load when he was about 12,wad hung in the barrel,he shot again,and now the old browning humpback has a punk knot in the barrel just behind the choke.LOL.

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Thanks for the info buddy. If I need any help I'll know who to pm.
 
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