Hello all: I am looking to put together some buckshot loads for coyote calling. I have been "into" shotshell reloading for quite some time, and have good tooling, but have never put together a buckshot load. This leads me to a number of questions, and I would like to get started on the right foot. Anyway, here are my questions for a 12 gauge 3" application:...(1) Components: To the best of my knowledge, high antimony lead is the best quality of buckshot available. Are there any manufacturers making plated buckshot? (2) Shot Size: I would like to use #F (.220 dia.) shot for these loads; any comments? (3) Cushion wads: At present, I use a 20Ga. felt wad inside my shotcups for loads that are cushioned. Should I also "cushion" high speed (ie: 1 3/8 oz. loads) buckshot loads, and if so, would the felt wads be a suitable material? (4)Buffering: I would assume it is best to buffer buckshot..........Any comments? (5) Crimping: Would buckshot loads be more suited to roll crimping? ...............Shooting/Choking: Like many others, I use the screw chokes (Briley) I would assume that buckshot would generally perform better with less constriction; such as "improved modified". Is this a general starting point for pattern testing? ...........Thank you for enduring this lengthly list............. Also, and I am reluctant to ask for fear of the worst, I was wondering if Mr. James Gates is OK, since I no longer see his name among moderators........Any info here? ..............Thank you one and all..........."Ridge"