Irish Shot Charger question

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I just built a shot bag and installed a Irish Shot Charger from Dixie,

I half filled the bag with #6 lead, tipped it down and pulled the cup. I was expecting a full charge but what I really got was about six pellets in the bottom.. in order to fill the measure I have to manually raise the gate to let the shot past it.

Is this how a Irish charger is supposed to be?

Thanks.
 
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Hmm... On both my shot snakes with Irish chargers the long angle on the shot measure opens the gate so the measure is filled when it is inserted. The gate closes when the measure is pulled out.
I have only handled 2 of them, both were new, and the angle on the measure doesn't move the gate very much -I guess much like the OP's experience.
 
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I have an original and a reproduction Irish shot charger, both of them are full when pulled out. Have you tried smaller shot?

Thinking larger shot is bridging or hanging up some how?
 
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I have #6 in it and that’s the smallest I use.. I called Dixie and they offered to try to find a replacement that opens more if I return it.. I think I’ll go that route and if the replacement is the same I’ll look at modifying it..
 

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