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Filler for shot shells
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 Posted: Mon Oct 19th, 2009 01:03 AM
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I have been reading thru some of the stuff I have from BPI and they seem to recommend a buffer or filler for some shot shells. Any one have a better insight on doing this?

Thanks,

Jerry



 Posted: Mon Oct 19th, 2009 01:19 AM
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i never use it,i believe primarily they use it to try and help control patterns,the one thing i do know ? just as a cartridge with filler , if ur going to use it work ur load up from the start unless ur following a published recipe,it can change ur ballistic's oh and the lee dippers work for dipping it ,i noted that was two products prominently displayed at bpi ,the lee dipper in both shot and umm.. filler



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 Posted: Mon Oct 19th, 2009 01:59 AM
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You can buy BPI shot buffer on Midway. I've heard the issue with the process is that the shot and buffer have to be vibrated so that the buffer is evenly distributed between the shot. A manual I read made this out to be a complicated endeavor but did not provide instructions on doing it. All the best buckshot loads I have used had buffer, I think it's quite a good idea.

http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct/?productNumber=688059



 Posted: Mon Oct 19th, 2009 03:22 AM
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I have played with buffers, and I'll go so far as to say that for the majority of instances, you don't need them....they can even have detremental effects (such as raising pressures).
  I use buffer in my 16 gauge turkey loads (to tighten patterens) and in my nontoxic bismuth handloads (to help keep the shot from fracturing).  When using buffer, I weigh it out on a scale, and then to get it evenly distributed between the shot (and this is the key to being successful with buffer), I place it on top of the shot charge and then touch the base with an electric beard trimmer.....the vibration from the trimmer causes the buffer to fall into the spaces between the shot.  But be careful....if you do it too long, you end up with all your buffer on the bottom and your shot on the top!  I do it until the shot just  starts to appear at the top of the wad, then stop and crimp.

......it's more of a pain in the butt than anything else, but in some applications it can be positive.



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I was thinking of using my vibrating tumbler to work the media and the shot together, sort of the same thing as using other motion sources.

Thanks,

Jerry



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