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28 ga, Unique powder

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Mike K P, Mar 15, 2012.

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  1. Mike K P

    Mike K P Member

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    Looking for 28ga. recipes using Unique powder in an STS hull. Thanks, Mike.
     
  2. chuckie68

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    Seems like about 11.5 grains and 3/4 ounce shot. The exact numbs can be found in the Lyman manual or on Lee Shooter or the Alliant manual

    chuck
     
  3. creek

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    You need to go to the Alliant sight to determine recipe. I use the Alliant recipe 13.5 grains Unique, 3/4 oz. shot, with a W209 primer.

    Don't vary from the recipe that calls for specific componemts.
    Good Luck,
    John
     
  4. superxjeff

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    Same load I have used for years. 12 to 12.5 grains of Unique is all I ever use. If you look in the manual you will see this same load listed with just about any wad in any case.Jeff
     
  5. LUGNUTZ426

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    I use pt28 wad rem primer and 13.3 gr as per alliant data. 11260 psi at 1200 fps. With unique they only give date on rem primers. With duster 2834 wad use 14.0gr 9600psi 1200 fps

    Joe
     
  6. Pull & Mark

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    Go to AlliantPowder.com and find the load you like with the components you have!!! With the higher pressures normally found in the 2 smaller gauges, you should get your powder drops real close. I like to get to 2/10's of a grain plus or minus. This is easy to do if you coat the powder bushing down with some nail polish. Good Luck and have fun. The 28 ga. is so sweeeeeet to shoot and my favorite by far. break em all Jeff
     
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    Switch to AA hulls and they last forever. I average 15 reloads in my 28 gauge AA loads, with 13 grains of Unique. Mark
     
  8. creek

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    15 loads per AA hull???
    You need to tell us your secret! 6 to eight loads and my AA's, both old style and HS are usually toast.
    John
     
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    Because they are 28 gauge and are worth the same as gold, I load them many more times than I do my 12 gauge shells. When they split down the side, I have to throw them out, but if the crimp is a bit crispy, but it still holds the shot in, it's good to go. It kills me to pay $11 a box for new ones, so I can make more empties. Mark
     
  10. Mike K P

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    Thanks for all the great information. Mike.
     
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    I found years ago that uniqe was core hot in patterns from my tubes. Pattern your gun before buying alot. HS-6 is much better. Jeff
     
  12. superxjeff

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    Well.. I guess since I shoot a full choke 870 with 3/4of an oz of 8/1/2's or 9's maybe that is why I can kill starlings at 55 yards with them. I have also shot many , many pounds of HS-6 and I saw no diffrence in performance either on birds or the skeet field. Maybe because I use a full choke in the field and a skeet choke on the skeet range.

    13 grains of Unique will do whatever you need and then some.

    15 reloads out of an HS hull is common. I can't imagine what load that you are shooting that could destroy an HS hull in 5to 7 reloads. Maybe you are really putting a deep crimp? I shot them over the crony with 10 all the way to 15 realods and they were still holding velocity. Look at a factory HS hull and try and make your crimp look as close to that as you can. It will affect hull life.

    If the crimp holds togather and the velocity is still there, you can load them.

    I do not like to see velocity drop more then 100 fps on average. If my hulls are doing that, they get junked. I am not going to try and shoot hotter shels to make up for it

    Load an OLD style AA! The guy's think they are the cats meow and watch the velocity fall off after 8 reloads. Guys that load them 10 plus times have never shot them over a Crony or they would see how inconsistant they are and they wouldn't load them.

    I will be shooting nothing but hs after this season. I got about 10,000 rounds worth of reloadable old style AA's and about that many wads. When they are gone, it will be goodbye and good riddence. Jeff
     
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    I have completely lost track of how many times I can load an AAHS hull...but it's an awful lot.
     
  14. superxjeff

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    They won't believe the true number so I just say between 10-15. Jeff
     
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    First…get rid of that crappy STS hull, and switch to AA's.
    Then try 13.6 gr of Universal Clays with
    downrange blue wad and 3/4 oz of shot.
    Absolute target crusher!
    CG
     
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    I get great scores and performance using 14 gr.Herco in my 28 ga.AA Hs Hulls are holding up great so far. Ran several 100 straights. Don't make fun of me, but I shoot a O/U Bakail fixed IC and Mod chokes. I have my Beretta Super Sporting getting fitted with a set of 28 ba barrels on my 12 ga. frame right now, so my old boat oar might get dry docked. LOL LOL
     
  17. mike campbell

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    Over 2-3 seasons in the early 90's I tried about every powder listed for the 28ga and was never happy....mostly having to do with poor cold weather performance. Then they invented Universal Clays and I was in heaven. Ten years or so later, I flirted with Longshot thinking 1300+ fps in a 28 ga would be fun. When the novelty wore off I went back to Universal.
     
  18. superxjeff

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    Don't tell that to the 2500 Starlings I killed in January. They would disagree with you about poor cold weather performance with Unique. I will post some pictures of my patterns with Unique the next time I get a chance to pattern them.Jeff
     
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    Maybe we have different performance standards. Ever try Universal? Might get 2600 starlings next January.
     
  20. superxjeff

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    Yes, I have tried Universal and it doesn't put as many holes in the paper at 50 yards. At close range it makes very little diffrence.
     
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