Y-man: My shotgun and slugs are done! 525 Lyman slugs – Target Achieved!

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!]

Slug build:
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
2. Powder
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.]
8. Roll-crimp.

I used a self-fabricated Target stand.
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:
Right Target

Someone laughed and said I must be a classy guy – for me to use Mercedes Hubcaps as targets!

See the wads all torn up?
Wads torn up - firing Lyman slugs

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?



Y-man is based in a firearms restricted environment in West Africa, he is really interested in shotguns [Which is all he can legally get], and he makes the best of whatever he is able to lay his hands on.

Y-man had some training at an early age in the “Gentleman” forces of the Air Force in his country, including some weapon training…

He also appreciates your advice, comments and feedback almost as much as the air he breathes…


  • gunsandrockets

    A timely reminder that as bad as the gun-control laws are in California, they could be a lot lot worse too.

    Godspeed and happy shooting, Y-man.

    • Blake

      Oh god I know. It gives me a new perspective on just how bad things could get and stops my complaining – for about half an hour haha. But seriously, it’s so cool to see someone still enjoying the hobby even with the ridiculous restrictions.


    Y-Man, I’m just a big fan of whatever you do. Love to hear what you are up to and the creative solutions you come up with for whatever gets in your way. Just keep it coming!

  • Kevin Harron

    Great work! Solid self defense load despite restrictions in your area. Well done sir.

  • kbroughton77

    Nice work Y-Man! Always look forward to your articles

  • SpazC

    Y-Man, as usual your ingenuity and work under restrictive conditions is inspiring. Keep it up and keep us posted!

  • Steve

    Outstanding!! Very well done.

  • LI02liberty

    Great job! I remember reading about you trying to do this along time ago. Congrats on reaching your goal!!

  • Kjk

    Y man is the MAn!

  • FightFireJay

    Y-Man, I have never seen a bipod on a shotgun before. I kind of like. Today, you are the coolest guy on the internet.

    Keep up the good work, and keep up the reporting!

  • OldGringos

    Those hubcaps are about $75 each here…could sell them and buy a bunch of factory slugs….I too roll my own slugs from the 3/4 and 1 ounce Lee molds…I use any once fired brass, H110 powder, and standard shotshell caps…I use the cheap Lee Loader and it works fine. Don’t alway get the best crimps but they feed and shoot fine….I have used wax and hot clue in the cavity of the 1 ounce and the 3/4 one has a “key” or bar accross the cavity to prevent it filling with the wad….not much difference either way. Mine only shoots about 8 inch groups at 50 yards, so not much for hunting but fun for plinking….rememeber Hillary Clinton really has said she wants an Australian type gun confiscation plan….this is the most important vote in history for gun owners…gotta vote against he…

    • jamezb

      Hillary can want, all she wants, …but in the current political climate, I can’t see even a Democrat congress approving a bill that would effectively be political suicide.

  • michael franklin

    Must be super low velocity to take that long to hit a target only 35 yds away, or they’re alot further away.

    • Y-man

      I deliberately edited [Desk-top editing software] the two videos [me shooting, and target hits] to have a slight off-set between firing and hits simply for dramatic purposes.

      I assure you Sir, the hits were actually practically instantaneous with shots.
      Thank you.

  • Swarf

    Good deal, Y-man. Glad you’re having fun.

  • Harry’s Holsters

    Great work! What you’ve done with the challenges you’ve faced is incredible. Great to see people putting in work and doing things themselves.

  • jamezb

    Y-Man, I always love to see your articles and adventures in gunsmithing. That slug-gun looks great to me, and your home cooked slugs look like they really are getting the job done. I hope you get to make your visit soon, and enjoy Disney! I look forward to reading about it here!

  • GerladTheMagnificent

    Y-Man, you just keep being awesome.

  • jim

    Have you tried hot glue slugs? They might serve you as well at the 35ish yards you’re shooting and be easier to boot. Search YouTube.

  • Dan

    Huge fan fan of Y-Man – Dan/Legendary Guns