01-15-2009, 11:51 PM
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Kansas City
Felt wad load data???? Tips???
Ok, here's my dilema.
I've got a real nice 16 guage SXS shotgun that has 2 1/2" chambers and it fits me like a body part.
2 1/2" shotgun shells are not cheap. I am...
I bought a little "Lee Loader" kit in 16 guage (designed for 2 3/4" shells) tosee if it will work for 2 1/2"ers. Looks like it will work fine but may need a spacer fur under the shell when forming the crimp.
All the boxes of 2 1/2" shotgun shells I've bought have been imported and use felt wads. I don't have a problem with that and in fact, I figured it would make reloading easier as I expect standard 16 guage wads would each require triming. That's a LOT of trimming to do.
So, I go a googling figuring to order up some wads and have at it. Problem is tow things.... First, I can't find 16 gauge felt wads. "Fiber" yes, but not felt and I think the ones I found were for muzzle loaders and the diameter would be different I think. Second, I need data. As in specific how to data.
Are there any sources out there for info on vintage style shotshell reloading?
I'd like to know specifics like
1. Exact correct diameter of 16 gauge wads.
2. The correct thickness of over powder, filler wads and overshot cards.
3. Charge data for both shot and powder. I've heard felt wads require 10% more powder than plastic.
4. Can I use standard 16 gauge plastic wads without trimming them???
Any tips, book titles, personal experience etc would be welcome.