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 in terms of DIY and improvising.

    He did have some training at an early age attending military school in his country, including some weapon training…

    He always appreciates all your advice, comments and feedback.