Last summer, Svarog Bullet Mold company out of Russia reached out to me and asked if I would review their new slug mold called the Botfly. I’ve always been impressed with the quality and ease of use with the Svarog’s mold, so I jumped at the opportunity. When the mold came in, I jumped on […]
James and Nick Ross have some great creations and supplies plus the very fine Russian shotgun slug molds at The Reloaders Network Store… Note that with this device, we can put the handle anywhere on the turret where Lyman only gives us 2 positions. It’s worth dropping over there for a look… FortuneCookie45LCFortuneCookie45LC started posting […]
James (Loads of Bacon) at The Reloaders Network has created a 3D printed jig for effective joining of the Russian slugs with their proprietary tail wads. Alignment is essential to success with the Russian slugs, and this jig makes it easy. Let’s see what James has come up with…. FortuneCookie45LCFortuneCookie45LC started posting videos on YouTube […]
When our reload slugs look good, are solid, and rival factory ammo, we have the best chance at getting performance and accuracy. And the shotgun slug crimp is critical to the success of the ammo. Let’s discuss this feature and make a recommendation for a good road to success… FortuneCookie45LCFortuneCookie45LC started posting videos on YouTube […]
We’ve got the Russian Svarog Slug reloads ready for range testing using Longshot powder and Winchester once fired slug hulls. However, let’s make the test more relevant by also using the popular Fiocchi once fired slug hulls… FortuneCookie45LCFortuneCookie45LC started posting videos on YouTube in 2012. He has been a Reloader and Shooter since 1969.
The home cast Russian slugs are superior than our US home cast slugs in terms of accuracy and performance. Let’s discuss the Russian Svarog hollow point slug… FortuneCookie45LCFortuneCookie45LC started posting videos on YouTube in 2012. He has been a Reloader and Shooter since 1969.
Back Burner stuff, things I'll be working on later, shotgun slug molds, etc.
Just a little video of some loadings in a different powder, this time I'm going to see what these slugs will do with Blue Dot powder. The plan is to shoot them at 100 yards like before using Longshot.
This video compares our slug reloads using the Russian Paradox slugs and tail wads vs Federal and Brenneke factory slug loads. The Russian Paradox already shot groups in the 7/10th inch at 25 yards and 1.77" at 50 using the TC Encore. Let's use the Mossberg 500 rifled barrel in this test...
Our reload slugs using previous cast slugs and trap wads often show SD over 30. But the Russian slugs shoot between 5 and 13. Here are some possible explanations for this success...
Testing the fragmenting Zveroboy slug at 100-yards.
We know that the Russian slugs shoot well with reduced recoil 12 gauge loadings. Time to go with full power hunting type loads. Dave Thor's Axe has already done some testing with Longshot powder at 100 yards. We'll go with Blue Dot loads at 25 and 50 to begin starting with 342 grains of Blue Dot and working up to 40 grains. Accuracy will be key...
Moving on in the slug series, These rounds will be loaded with 28, 30, and 32 grains of Longshot. I have found that Longshot gives good accuracy and performance so far in my range test. Later we will try some other powders for accuracy and performance as well. However I want to stick with what works for now.
The Reloader's Network store is now the headquarters for Russian slug molds, wads and equipment for reloading slugs. Introducing a USA made hull vise designed by Nick Ross, this unit is higher quality than previous hull vises and helps us make great roll crimps...
Ordering direct from Russia results in the unknown factor, plus 6 weeks delivery. To all the UK slug shooters out there, thanks to Nigel Turner, the molds, wads and pins are available for normal transaction and delivery.
The morning today was spent out at the range sighting in and shooting different loading of the Svarog hydrant slug.
The word is out - The Russian Slugs operate as a system. And the primary system for the hydrant and Paradox slugs is with the attached tail wads yielding the accuracy we desire. Extremely important is the seating of the slug to the tail wads without distorting the compression zones of the wads.
Svarog Paradox Slug Mould Late last year I wrote about the Russian ‘Zveroboy’ slug mould by Svarog. As Winter tends to be my reloading season, I thought it might be interesting to review another one I’ve been working with a lot lately; the Paradox. Construction Like the other Svarog models I’ve seen, the Paradox is […]
The latest shipment of Svarog 12 gauge shotgun molds and wads just arrived! Included were the “Special” wads, the Italian (a.k.a. fire hydrant) Mold, the Paradox Mold, and the “Zveroboy” Mold which casts an expanding and fragmenting slug. There are a few new items as well. Several “Special” and “Universal” base pins for the Paradox […]
3 Circles ALL VIEWERS OPEN HOUSE Video #40: Nick’s Wad Seating Clips Available For The Russian Slugs
Nick's Wad Seating Clips provide protection against the compression zone damage that would degrade the accuracy of our fine Russian slugs.
Previously, it was the power and accuracy of factory domestic and imported slugs at high cost opposed to the inexpensive cast reload slugs available to American shotgunners. Unlike our metallic ammunition, our reload slugs were generally inferior in accuracy and consistency to the factory. But thanks to ThorsAxe 777 who helped blow the whistle on […]
Back in 2017 I was perusing eBay when I happened upon a new series of slug moulds made by a Russian company called Svarog. Being a huge fan of shotgun slugs, I immediately ordered each of the three styles they had for sale, and I've been meaning to review them ever since. As the outdoor shooting season can be pretty short here, it's taken me a while, but I've finally had an opportunity to test them out. In this article we're going to take a look at the first of them, the Zveroboy 12 (model ZVR).
Thanks to Mike C for sending me that great brass…but he has also started casting and powder coating. This powder coating video for the Russian Paradox slugs is for Mike… FortuneCookie45LCFortuneCookie45LC started posting videos on YouTube in 2012. He has been a Reloader and Shooter since 1969.
The latest shipment of Svarog 12 gauge shotgun molds and wads just arrived! Included were the "Special wads", the Italian (a.k.a. fire hydrant) Mold, and the Paradox Mold. This shipment also included a new style of mold, the "Zveroboy". This is an expanding and fragmenting slug that is sure to create a massive hole or two any just about any target.