Link’s Heavy Hitter Shotgun Slug Manufacturing Process

The process of making Link’s slugs is so labor intensive and complicated that it is nothing short of being a true manufacturing process. It is not made by casting which is normally the way most of the lead shotgun slugs are made. TAOFLEDERMAUS You Tube channel has been testing these slugs in a couple of videos. Recently they’ve published a video, where the inventor (Jerry “Link” Linquist) of this slug shows how they are made.¬†Watch that fascinating process in the video below.

As you can see, it is a pretty time-consuming process and requires equipment like a lathe, hydraulic presses and dies etc.

Here is the commercial video of the Link’s Slugs:

Below are the mentioned test fire videos of TAOFLEDERMAUS. If you watch this channel you might have already guessed that Jeff wouldn’t just test fire them without experimenting with the slug and modifying it to make it “more fun”. Particularly, he filled the cavity of the Link’s slug with magnesium shavings and black powder mixture and sealed the cavity with a primer to make sort of a DIY incendiary slug (no laws violated).

If you still want to make a slug like that yourself and you are ok with a simpler but similar design (without that copper band), you can probably find a set of dies at a company called Corbin Manufacturing. One of their slug designs is similar to Link’s slug but lacks the copper band.

Hrachya H

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  • Some Rabbit

    Not mo’ deadly, but definitely Bo Diddly.

  • Ryobiwankenobi

    A four-ten version of this slug might turn the Taurus Judge into an effective defense tool!

    • Stuki Moi

      What’s ineffective about a .45?

      • Dracon1201

        Only birdshot

      • Firing it out of a tugboat-sized revolver? There are a bajillion better platforms for 45LC out there.

  • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

    Pretty sure most lead slugs are NOT made by casting, but swaging. Faster, cheaper, easier to automate and does not involve molten metal.

    Most bullets, period, are made via a swaging process.

  • Okay, but how quickly can it reach Warp 6?

  • LazyReader
  • Jeff Heeszel

    Thanks for posting guys!