I know there are some reloaders on here, so here goes:
My situation is that I'm dying to get my 10 year old daughter started shooing a shotgun. She is tiny for her age but I was able to work out a solution for deer hunting but have not come up with a solution for wingshooting. I really want her to kill some birds over our dog (now 9) before he is no longer able to hunt. He is slowing down. She adores him and I know it would be an awesome memory for her if she could shoot some doves or ducks for him to retrieve.
She isn't strong enough to support the forend of an autoloader so it is going to have to be a single shot just to minimize the weight out front. I've gone round and round in circles thinking .410 (yes, I know), 28 gauge, 20 gauge. She has never fired a shotgun. In .410 you can get factory loads down around 1/2 ounce. Obviously I wouldn't use that to shoot ducks (it is lead anyway) but to get her used to the gun and shoot some clay pigeons it would be good. 28 gauge I can only find down to 3/4 ounce in lead (5/8 in steel or lead slug) and 20 gauge only down to 3/4 oz in lead.
I'm thinking if I could reload her some 28 gauge or 20 gauge loads in 1/2 oz to 5/8 ounce to practice with that would be great.
Now that you know what I'm thinking, you know this will not need to be a high volume reloading operation. What do I HAVE to have and how cheap can I get into this?
EDIT: Updated in post 23.