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HCD18 wad and Lead Buckshot

Many hunters often carry a few buckshot shells in a side pocket for those “just-in-case” situations.  The particular size of buckshot one selects will depend upon the geographical area and the situation.  The loads described here all use the HCD-18 wad, Cheddite 12 gauge 2.75” hull, and Longshot & Universal Clays powders. 

The lead buckshot used in these loads is BP’s swaged and hardened Super Buckshot.    

 

#4-Buck Lead (.240”)

Load# 151016-7359                        

HULL:  CHEDDITE 12-gauge 2.75”  

PRIMER: CH209 

PROPELLANT: (HODGDON) LONGSHOT 28.0 Grains

WAD: HCD-18

SHOT:  #4 Lead Buck Shot (29 pellets) approximate 578 grains. 

(Random shot fit)

FOLD CRIMP: 6-point

Results:  PSI 7500  FPS 1175

 

Load# 151016-7264

HULL:  CHEDDITE 12-gauge 2.75” 

PRIMER: CH209 

PROPELLANT: (HODGDON) LONGSHOT 30.0 Grains

WAD: HCD-18

SHOT:  #4 Lead Buck Shot (29 pellets) approximate 578 grains. 

(Random shot fit)

FOLD CRIMP: 6-point

Results:  PSI 7800  FPS 1230

 

Roll Crimping Note: Roll crimping permits the loader to utilize the COS12 (Clear Over-Shot disks).  This clear plastic overshot disk allows a visual confirmation of the shot size contained in the load.

Curmudgeon’s roll crimping technique:  Compress the wad down just slightly prior to placing the buckshot in the wad.  This creates more space for the roll crimp.  Then, apply the roll crimper for approximately five seconds; lightly press down on the hull mouth to heat up the plastic, followed by five seconds of steady downward pressure.  The Curmudgeon likes to use wooden reloading block, which holds the loads ready for crimping. The Hull Vise is used to isolate the shell during the actual roll-crimp process.  Roll Crimping usually requires new, unfired hulls. 

 

Load# 151016-7365

HULL:  CHEDDITE 12-gauge 2.75” 

PRIMER: CH209 

PROPELLANT: (HODGDON) LONGSHOT 30.0 Grains

WAD: HCD-18

SHOT:  #4 Lead Buck Shot (29 pellets) approximate 578 grains. 

(Random fit)

ROLL CRIMP : + COS12           

Results:  PSI 8300  FPS 1260

 

Load# 151023-7386                        

HULL:  CHEDDITE 12-gauge 2.75” 

PRIMER: CH209

PROPELLANT: (HODGDON) UNIVERSAL CLAYS 27.0 Grains

WAD: HCD-18

SHOT:  #4 Lead Buck Shot (29 pellets) approximate 578 grains. 

(Random fit)

FOLD CRIMP:

Results:  PSI 9600  FPS 1225

 

 

#3-Buck Lead (.250”)

Load# 151016-7360                        

HULL:  CHEDDITE 12-gauge 2.75” 

PRIMER: CH209 

PROPELLANT: (HODGDON) LONGSHOT 28.0 Grains

WAD: HCD-18

SHOT:  #3 Lead Buck Shot (25 pellets) approximate 584 grains. 

(Random fit)

FOLD CRIMP: 6-point

Results:  PSI 7800  FPS 1210

 

Load# 151016-7367

HULL:  CHEDDITE 12-gauge 2.75” 

PRIMER: CH209 

PROPELLANT: (HODGDON) LONGSHOT 30.0 Grains

WAD: HCD-18

SHOT:  #3 Lead Buck Shot (25 pellets) approximate 584 grains. 

(Random fit)

FOLD CRIMP: 6-point  

Results:  PSI 8000  FPS 1230

 

Load# 151016-7387

HULL:  CHEDDITE 12-gauge 2.75” 

PRIMER: CH209 

PROPELLANT: (HODGDON) UNIVERSAL CLAYS 26.0 Grains

WAD: HCD-18

SHOT:  #3 Lead Buck Shot (25 pellets) approximate 584 grains. 

(Random fit)

FOLD CRIMP: 6-point

Results:  PSI 9300  FPS 1190

 

#2-Buck Lead (.270”)

Load# 151016-7361

HULL:  CHEDDITE 12-gauge 2.75” 

PRIMER: CH209

PROPELLANT: (HODGDON) LONGSHOT 28.0 Grains

WAD: HCD-18

SHOT:  #2 Lead Buck Shot (20 pellets) Fit = 4 pellets per row, 5 rows for 20 pellets.*
Approximate 580 grains. 

FOLD CRIMP  

Results:  PSI 8800  FPS 1255

 

*Pouring buckshot in rows is simple if you start the first row evenly and then slowly pour the remaining pellets from a powder scale dish into the hull – held at a 45 degree angle.)        

 

Load# 151016-7369

HULL:  CHEDDITE 12-gauge 2.75” 

PRIMER: CH209 

PROPELLANT: (HODGDON) LONGSHOT 30.0 Grains

WAD: HCD-18

SHOT:  #2 Lead Buck Shot (20 pellets) 4 pellets per row, 5 rows for 20 pellets.     

Approximate 580 grains.  

FOLD CRIMP

Results:  PSI 9000  FPS 1280

 

Load# 151016-7368

HULL:  CHEDDITE 12-gauge 2.75” 

PRIMER: CH209 

PROPELLANT: (HODGDON) LONGSHOT 30.0 Grains

WAD: HCD-18

SHOT:  #2 Lead Buck Shot (20 pellets) 4 pellets per layer, 5 rows for 20 pellets. 

Approximate 580 grains.  

ROLL CRIMP  + COS12

Results:  PSI 7900  FPS 1245

 

Load# 151023-7388

HULL:  CHEDDITE 12-gauge 2.75” 

PRIMER: CH209 

PROPELLANT: (HODGDON) UNIVERSAL CLAYS 25.0 Grains

WAD: HCD-18

SHOT:  #2 Lead Buck Shot (20 pellets) 4 pellets per layer, 5 rows for 20 pellets. 

Approximate 580 grains.  

FOLD CRIMP

Results:  PSI 9100  FPS 1155

 

  

#1-Buck Lead (.300”)

Load# 151019-7370

HULL:  CHEDDITE 12-gauge 2.75” 

PRIMER: CH209 

PROPELLANT: (HODGDON) LONGSHOT 28.0 Grains

WAD: HCD-18

SHOT:  #1 Lead Buck Shot (15 pellets) 3 pellets per layer, 5 rows for 15 pellets. 

Approximate 615 grains.  

FOLD CRIMP

Results:  PSI 8200  FPS 1175

 

Load# 151019-7371

HULL:  CHEDDITE 12-gauge 2.75” 

PRIMER: CH209 

PROPELLANT: (HODGDON) LONGSHOT 30.0 Grains

WAD: HCD-18

SHOT:  #1 Lead Buck Shot (15 pellets) 3 pellets per layer, 5 rows for 15 pellets. 

Approximate 615 grains.  

FOLD CRIMP

Results:  PSI 9500  FPS 1280

 

Load# 151021-7377

HULL:  CHEDDITE 12-gauge 2.75”

PRIMER: CH209 

PROPELLANT: (HODGDON) LONGSHOT 30.0 Grains

WAD: HCD-18

SHOT:  #1 Lead Buck Shot (15 pellets) 3 pellets per layer , 5 rows for 15 pellets. 

Approximate 615 grains.  

ROLL CRIMP  + COS12 over shot

Results:  PSI 8500  FPS 1230

 

Load# 151021-7378

HULL:  CHEDDITE 12-gauge 2.75”

PRIMER: CH209

PROPELLANT: (HODGDON) LONGSHOT 28.0 Grains

WAD: HCD-18

SHOT:  #1 Lead Buck Shot (15 pellets) 3 pellets per layer, 5 rows for 15 pellets. 

Approximate 615 grains.  

ROLL CRIMP + COS12

Results:  PSI 7800  FPS 1200

 

Load# 151026-7390

HULL:  CHEDDITE 12-gauge 2.75”

PRIMER: CH209 

PROPELLANT: (HODGDON) UNIVERSAL CLAYS 25.0 Grains

WAD: HCD-18

SHOT:  #1 Lead Buck Shot (15 pellets) 3 pellets per layer, 5 rows for 15 pellets. 

Approximate 615 grains.  

FOLD CRIMP

Results:  PSI 9100  FPS 1150

 

#0-Buck Lead (.320”)

Load# 151019-7362

HULL:  CHEDDITE 12-gauge 2.75” 

PRIMER: CH209 

PROPELLANT: (HODGDON) LONGSHOT 28.0 Grains

WAD: HCD-18

SHOT:  #0 Lead Buck Shot (12 pellets) 3 pellets per row, 4 rows for 12 pellets. 

Approximate 600 grains.  

FOLD CRIMP

Results:  PSI 8100  FPS 1205  

 

Load# 151019-7373

HULL:  CHEDDITE 12-gauge 2.75” 

PRIMER: CH209 

PROPELLANT: (HODGDON) LONGSHOT 30.0 Grains

WAD: HCD-18

SHOT:  #0 Lead Buck Shot (12 pellets) 3 pellets per row, 4 rows for 12 pellets. 

Approximate 600 grains.  

FOLD CRIMP

Results:  PSI 8400  FPS 1235  

 

Load# 151026-7391

HULL:  CHEDDITE 12-gauge 2.75” 

PRIMER: CH209 

PROPELLANT: (HODGDON) UNIVERSAL CLAYS 26.0 Grains

WAD: HCD-18

SHOT:  #0 Lead Buck Shot (15 pellets) 3 pellets per layer, 4 rows for 12 pellets. 

Approximate 600 grains.  

FOLD CRIMP  

Results:  PSI 9300  FPS 1185

 

#00-Buck Lead (.330”)                                                                         

Load# 151019-7375   

HULL:  CHEDDITE 12-gauge 2.75”

PRIMER: CH209 

PROPELLANT: (HODGDON) LONGSHOT 32.0 Grains

WAD: HCD-18

SHOT:  #00 Lead Buck Shot (10 pellets) 2 pellets per row, 5 rows for 10 pellets. 

Approximate 515 grains.  

FOLD CRIMP

Results:  PSI 7200  FPS 1300 

           

Load# 151021-7380   

HULL:  CHEDDITE 12-gauge 2.75”

PRIMER: CH209 

PROPELLANT: (HODGDON) LONGSHOT 34.0 Grains

WAD: HCD-18

SHOT:  #00 (.33”) Lead Buck Shot (10 pellets) 2 pellets per row, 5 rows for 10 pellets. 

Approximate 515 grains.  

FOLD CRIMP (plus OS12 for better crimp)

Results:  PSI 8000  FPS 1375 

 

Load# 151021-7379   

HULL:  CHEDDITE 12-gauge 2.75” 

PRIMER: CH209 

PROPELLANT: (HODGDON) LONGSHOT 34.0 Grains

WAD: HCD-18

SHOT:  #00 (.33”) Lead Buck Shot (10 pellets) 2 pellets per row, 5 rows for 10 pellets. 

Approximate 515 grains.  

ROLL CRIMP  + COS12

Results:  PSI 6900  FPS 1300 

 

Load# 151023-7389   

HULL:  CHEDDITE 12-gauge 2.75” 

PRIMER: CH209 

PROPELLANT: (HODGDON) UNIVERSAL CLAYS 27.0 Grains

WAD: HCD-18

SHOT:  #00 (.33”) Lead Buck Shot (10 pellets) 2 pellets per row, 5 rows for 10 pellets. 

Approximate 515 grains.  

FOLD CRIMP

Results:  PSI 9000  FPS 1230

 

Cheers! 

-The Curmudgeon 

 

 

 

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WARNING: BALLISTIC PRODUCTS, INC. DISCLAIMS ALL POSSIBLE LIABILITY FOR DAMAGES, INCLUDING ACTUAL, INCIDENTAL, AND CONSEQUENTIAL, RESULTING FROM USAGE OF INFORMATION OR ADVICE CONTAINED IN THIS AND OTHER PUBLICATIONS, LABELS, CATALOGS, TESTING REPORTS AND BOOKLETS.  USE DATA AND ADVICE AT YOUR OWN RISK AND WITH CAUTION. WHERE DATA LIST SPECIFIC COMPONENTS, NO CHANGES OR SUBSTITUTIONS FOR THESE COMPONENTS CAN BE MADE WITHOUT RISKING SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN THE LEVEL OF BALLISTIC PERFORMANCE AND/OR SAFETY OF THE LOADS SHOWN.  FOLLOW LOADING DATA EXACTLY AND DO NOT SUBSTITUTE COMPONENTS. WE MAKE NO WARRANTIES EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, LIMITED OR FULL, AND WE DISCLAIM ANY SUCH WARRANTIES. FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THESE AND OTHER STANDARDS OF RELOADING MAY RESULT IN ACCIDENTS WITH SERIOUS INJURY AND/OR DEATH TO THE SHOOTER AND/OR BYSTANDERS. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN. WE DISCLAIM ANY AND ALL LIABILITY FOR DAMAGE OR INJURY THAT MAY RESULT FROM YOUR HANDLOADED SHOTSHELLS AS WE HAVE NO CONTROL OVER ANY OF THE NUMEROUS POSSIBLE VARIATIONS IN COMPONENT PRODUCTION LOTS, IN TOOL AND DIE DIMENSIONS, IN YOUR LOADING PRACTICES AND PROCEDURES. THE INDIVIDUAL RELOADER IS SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY VARIATION THAT MAY BE INCURRED BY ASSEMBLED AMMUNITION. TO AVOID SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH TO SHOOTER AND BYSTANDERS, THIS PRODUCT SHOULD ONLY BE USED IN GUNSMITH-INSPECTED GUNS DESIGNED FOR MODERN SHOTSHELLS. IF GUN FAILS TO FIRE, KEEP POINTED IN SAFE DIRECTION FOR 30 SECONDS, THEN UNLOAD CAREFULLY. WEAR EYE AND EAR PROTECTION AND OBSERVE PROPER GUN SAFETY AT ALL TIMES. ALL PRODUCTS SOLD “AS IS”.

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