It’s done. 525 Lyman slugs – Target Achieved!
I finally did some more testing and I think I can rest easy now. [At least until I start to get ‘flyers’ again in the future!]
Remember: I am simply replacing birdshot with Lyman Slugs. I am NOT building loads or doing measurements of FPS or any of all that: my whole aim has been simply being able to put some slugs into a 4 to 6-inch circle consistently at up to 30 yards, using slugs cast from my Lyman 525 mould, inserted into regular birdshot shot-shells.
Lyman 525 Slugs.
1. 2 ¾” Shell
3. Regular target wad with shotcup
4. One Thick Plastic disk punched from Plastic Coke bottle cover – 16mm INSIDE shotcup to raise slugs above ribs and position slug in wad properly.
5. One Thin Plastic disk punched from old window blinds – 16mm INSIDE shotcup to raise slugs above ribs.
6. One Thin disk [Corrugated Plastic disks punched from plastic plates] 16mm INSIDE shotcup to assist clean slug – wad separation.
7. ONE Lyman 525 Slug – cavity filled with super-glued salt.]
I used a self-fabricated Target stand.
Range was out to 35 yards: shots were fired from a Mossberg 500A with 24” Rifled and ported barrel. Iron sights. I hope you guys don’t laugh too hard at the Bipod on a Shotgun!?
This was the result – six slugs into this Hubcap target plate at 35 yards:
Someone laughed and said I must be a classy guy – for me to use Mercedes Hubcaps as targets!
See the wads all torn up?
I may be in the US in July this year – family vacation trip to Atlanta, road trip to Orlando for Disney! Yay!
About my slugs, and my shotgun, I know there is room for improvement, but with what I have achieved so far, despite the challenges I face with firearms restrictions here where I live, and not being able to skip down to the shops to buy anything I need – I am happy.
So, what next, guys?