BUCKSHOT (HOW TO LOAD)—Please tell me how to load buckshot, and will buckshot injure the gun in any way?
Buckshot will not injure any shotgun if they chamber properly in the muzzle. Take two or three felt wads, seat them in the barrel from the breech, then, with a rod, push them to within a quarter of an inch of the muzzle. Now try various sizes of buckshot by placing them on the wads. Three of them should just fill up the muzzle, not tight, neither too loose, or they may wedge in the muzzle when you shoot. When you have found the proper size, load your shells with powder and wad it in the usual way, then place three buckshot in the shell. Take the finest soft shot you can get and fill up the hollows, between the buckshot, level; place another layer of buck shot and fill up with fine shot as before. Load three layers or nine buckshot to a shell. This is the best method I know. All shot larger than BB should be chambered in the muzzle.
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