Reclaimed Shot


Dear Technoid,

I recently purchased two bags of reclaimed lead shot at about 70% of the price of new shot. I want to shoot as much as possible, but I’m on a limited budget and I figured this was a good way to stretch my reloading bucks. I am going to use the shot for skeet shooting. I have a shootin buddy that has given me much grief over this, says that I’m a cheapskate and that I am being “penny wise and pound foolish.”

Didn’t find anything in the Technoid Archives on this topic. What is your opinion of using reclaimed shot? Shouldn’t it be ok for a short range game such as skeet?

Thanks,
John

Dear John,

I don’t think that there is anything wrong at all with using reclaimed shot for skeet. I believe it was the Russians or French who got caught using flattened shot at International Skeet to improve their patterns on station eight.

Most reclaimed shot is taken from trap fields where the shot fall is more concentrated and more economical to strip mine. You will have a lot more #8s and #7-1/2s than #9s. Still that isn’t bad at all. Even a flattened #8 is adequate at 20 yards. It takes a little distance for a “slightly” flat pellet to start to spread out. You might choose to use a slightly tighter choke than normal- say a true I.C. instead of Sk, but experimentation will show you. Use proper fresh shot for matches though. You never want to give up anything when shooting registered. And, don’t use reclaimed shot at longer distances. You will be disappointed. Save it for skeet where it will be just fine.

By the way, I am assuming that you are using 1-1/8 oz 12 gauge loads here. I really wouldn’t recommend reclaimed shot in the sub-gauges. That is just cutting it too close.

Best regards,

Bruce Buck
Shotgun Report’s Technoid
(Often in error, never in doubt.)

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Winter Trigger Problems


Dear Technoid

Is it possible to find out more information on this question, specifically what load the questioner was using and what was the temperature? This past week, I was doing some informal shooting with a friend of mine when my 682 trigger didn’t reset a couple of times. It was quite cold (in Canada) and we were shooting the new Winchester Low-Noise Low Recoil. I have fired this load before in the summer without problem. (Incidentally, this ammo works as advertised. What they don’t tell you is how dense the patterns are!)

The previous week another 682 shooter found his second barrel didn’t fire a couple of times during a Boxing Day (that’s the day after Christmas for those who don’t know) sporting competition. He was shooting a very light one ounce load. When he switched to a heavier cartridge the problem cleared up.

Is it possible that the colder weather changes the amount of recoil needed to work the Beretta trigger?

Thanks,
Paul

Dear Paul,

It is absolutely possible that cold weather and a very light shell can combine to cause an inertia trigger not to set. Add in a little grime and dirt in the action from standard usage and it is probable.

I live in Florida now, and never have to deal with winter gun problems. Northern shooters have to deal with gun problems that Southerners never even dream of. Everyone knows that light loads can be marginal in autos on cold days, but they never think that there can be the same problem with inertial trigger O/Us. Now you know.

You can alter the weight of the inertia block, but I advise against it as that might incur doubling under summer conditions. The easiest solution is to clean the action carefully and VERY lightly lube with an appropriately light oil. If that doesn’t solve it, shoot hotter shells when it is cold. I normally switch from 2-3/4 dram to 3 dram loads when winter comes.

Those Winchester Low Noise/Low Recoil shells were developed in England where noise at clay ranges can be a real problem. They are easily the lightest kicking shell that I have ever used, but a price has to be paid for everything. You may want to go up a bit in power (and recoil) during winter.

All this is not to say that your triggers might not need some retuning. Triggers do wear over time and often require a bit of adjustment. However, due to the light nature of the shell and the cold temperature, I suspect the triggers are OK and the shell isn’t.

I recommend the following Technoidal cure: During the month of February I suggest that you take your gun to Florida and conduct operational tests. Take the gun with you onto a sunny beach so that it can properly warm up. You may choose to rest on a beach blanket along side it while it is absorbing the beneficial rays. This will conserve your strength for the testing procedures to follow. You will find that a cool beer or two will make this waiting period less tedious. If you test it after this preparation, I am sure that it will function properly. If not, repeat the procedure as often as necessary.

Best regards,

Bruce Buck
Shotgun Report’s Technoid
(Often in error, never in doubt.)

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