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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"
 

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Jack: Thanks for the info.......... Yes, I use the BP stuff a lot. Also, glad to hear Mr. Gates is OK...........I always felt his knowledge on shotshell reloading started off about 3 "clicks" above where mine drops off..........LOL........"Ridge"
 

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Mike: Thanks for the reply. I do have on hand some nickel plated #BB, and I plan to work up some loads for that. Also, I called BPI and ordered their buckshot manual along with a jar of #F buckshot and some clear overshot cards for roll crimping.................Let the fun begin.......LOL...........RR
 

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Marshall: Thanks for the great info. Yes, I agree on the added security of a shotgun for night calling..........We don't have cougar here; (albiet some few have claimed to have seen a varity of felis concolor cougar) we do have black bear, and I sometimes use the fawn bleat at this time of year. I have never had to shoot a bear like this. So far, they have "scooted" every time, but the added security of a shotgun with a highly lethal loading is comforting.......I have been "woofed" a few times, a 'hair raising' sound to say the least.....LOL. I also intend to use roll crimping, and will put together some plated #BB, and some #F buck. I will range test both loads, and post the results.........RR
 

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DMC: #F buck is simply a size classification; diameter: .220 .................It is available, along with every other sizing in buck that is manufactured, at Ballistics Products Inc. Go back to the second post in this thread, and you will find their e-mail address. They are the most complete shotgun reloading supply and info that I know of................RR
 
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