How to Reload Shotgun Shells With Black Powder

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How to Reload Shotgun Shells With Black Powder
The insides of these shotgun shells are ready to be filled with black powder. (Zedcor Wholly Owned/ Images)

Although shotgun shells are usually loaded with shot, buckshot or slug material in a smokeless powder or primer, the sound produced by the shot may not be what you desire. Blank shotgun shells make a louder sound and can be used to scare off animals and train hunting dogs. To make your own blank shells, load the shells with the correct amount of black powder.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Shotgun shell
  • Small bowls or dishes
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Black powder
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Wooden dowel

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  1. 1

    Position the shotgun shell so that the crimped end is facing up and easily accessible. Pry open the crimped end of the shotgun shell with a flathead screwdriver until the inside of the shell is revealed.

  2. 2

    Discard the shot from the shotgun shell by tapping on the shell gently until all of the shot has been completely removed from the shell. Use a small bowl or dish to catch the excess powder from the shell.

  3. 3

    Hold the shotgun shell securely in your hands and remove the wadding from the shell with a pair of needle nose pliers.

  4. 4

    Place the black powder in a separate dish or bowl and pour it into the empty shotgun shell. For a 12-gauge shotgun shell, pour 21.3gr. of black powder into the shell; for a 10-gauge shell, pour 14.2gr. For an 8-gauge shell, pour 10.6gr. of black powder into the shell.

  5. 5

    Put the wadding back into the shell with the needle nose pliers. Secure the wadding by using a wooden dowel to press the wadding firmly against the powder.

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