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I was talking to a friend about loading TSS and he echoed my exact thoughts before I actually started do it. He didn't want to buy a loader and all the gear, ect. So it got me thinking, how many really do use a loader for TSS. Does it work ok? No more than I load just for turkin' hand loading is just fine by me. But I do see some reference to waterfowl and stuff. Again, just curious.
If you use a loader it will be for crimping only... and not for charging the powder and shot. You can do it if you insist on an star crimped shell but most simply roll crimp and I think it makes a better crimp anyway.
I load .410 rounds with a powder scale and a 3/8"" by 6" wooden dowel. I buy my cheddite hulls already primed. I scale the powder and put it in the case. I use the wooden dowel to seat the wad/wads, add the shot and then roll crimp. I purchased the roll crimper from BPI. I have marked my wooden dowel,with felt tip marker, so I can check each case to make sure I have not double charged or no charged a bunch of cases.
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Shotgun press not required to load good TSS loads, but it does give you the flexibility to fold crimp vs roll crimping. Probably wouldn't buy one if I was just going to load a few turkey shells. I use a Mec 600 Jr that is 35+ years old and has loaded 10s of 1000s of shells to fold crimp one of my TSS loads; the other is roll crimped. Just depends on the load.
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