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Buck & Ball..The first recorded use of B&B in a battle was at the battle at Bunker (Breeds) hills by our troops. My great-grandfather's older brother rode with Gen. Bedford Forrest and wrote home that their shortened SXS shotguns loaded with B&B was very effective for horse soldiers.We have worked with single balls, B&B, and Multi-Ball (3-.570" balls) in 12 gauge. All are interesting and do have applications. I will have a forth-coming article on on these loads.Now....let me state something you will not see the rag writers go into. In shotshell loading (without buffer) weight is weight....whether one shot size or in combonation. A good load is one .690" roundball and 3 or 4 buckshot. Weight your combined load....look up a listed load for the weight using a one piece wad and put it together. Don't make you ball be larger than .690".....don't use the load in any choke tighter than .700" and put the Ball on top of the Buck in the shell. It also helps by having a thin 20 ga. Styro wad between the Ball and Buck. Best Regards, James Gates
 
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