HAND LOADED SHELLS IN PUMP GUN
HAND LOADED SHELLS IN PUMP GUN—I notice where W. A. H. wants information from brothers who shoot hand-loaded shells in pump guns. Now, as I use nothing else hut hand-loaded, will try and explain the success that I have had.
I use a pump 12 gauge, 32-inch barrel and Ideal Model 1899 loading machine, and find that hand-loaded shells work just as good as factory ammunition when you get a good crimper. You may have to buy two or three before you get a good one. Be sure and get a good reloading machine that will not let your shells swell when pressing down your wads. If you do not reload enough or cannot afford to get the Ideal machine, get the Ideal Straight Line Hand Loader and you will not have much trouble unless you put too much moisture on your wads or use wads that are too large, stiff and heavy. I use card wads B thickness and soft white felt.
Do not give your shells too much crimp the first time you load them or they will become soft and fuzzy and will bulge out while in the magazine and consequently will snub on the end of your barrel. So if you give a light crimp the first time and a little more the second time, and the third time take a round stock that will go into the shell and a straight butcher knife and you can trim off 1/8 of an inch very quickly and you can then get a good crimp for the third shot which is about as long as an average paper shell will last. You will not have any trouble to speak of, at all.
I use a Winchester, so that if I happen to get my shells wet (as will sometimes happen) I can use it as a single loader and can push the shells into the barrel with my thumb, quite easily, when I could only get them a little over half way by working them through the action in the ordinary way.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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