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7/8 oz. #8 shot loads?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by 3220, Dec 28, 2012.

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  1. 3220

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    Hi,

    I am new to trap shooting, reloading and this sight. I hope to gain a lot of knowledge here and I'm optimistic since there are so many experienced shooters on the forum.

    I am researching loading 7/8 oz. #8 shot loads into Remington gun club hulls. Is this a viable option? I don't see a bushing available for my Hornady 366 and am thinking it is not avaiable because this is not a good combination. Would it make a good trap load or should I consider something else?

    Thanks in advance for your input!

    All the best,

    Fred
     
  2. Oregunner

    Oregunner Well-Known Member

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    I tried 7/8 loads. They need an extra little velocity and a little more choke. I settled on a 1 oz load at 1200 fps, and have confidence that it can hit anything I shoot at, all disciplines. Check the Alliant and Hodgdon websites for reloading recipes. Mark
     
  3. ky205

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    I've been shooting 7/8oz. for several years. Promo powder at about 1230fps it does a fairly good job on singles and first shot of dbls. 8 or 81/2 shot, it also works for short handicap.
     
  4. MNGuns

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    7/8ths loaded to 1250 , 1290, etc. through a full choke do very well at the sixteen and beyond. Trust your load and shoot away.
     
  5. Jhise67

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    I use red dot and the clay buster wad for a 7/8 oz load in the gun club hull and my son, age 15, won the state shoot in singles, h-cap at 20 yards and doubles with this load. He was shooting IM for his choke. Good load that will break any target and is a joy to shoot. Goodluck
     
  6. 3220

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    Hi All!

    Thanks so much for the quick responses and great information. I will look forward to reloading and shooting these shells right away!

    All the best,

    Fred
     
  7. StonewallRacing

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    All the time!

    Remmy hull with DR XXL, 19.5 gr Am Select and WW209. It's about 1250fps, virtually no recoil...

    You do your part, the load will do it's part.

    SW
     
  8. yakimaman

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    I've gone to nothing but 7/8 - Alliant lists one Green Dot load for this and it suits what I have on hand very well - 1300fps and it works great.

    Rich
     
  9. shrek

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    I use clear duster wads and Alliant Extra Lite powder for my 7/8's of 8's load. As others have mentioned, getting velocity around 1250 fps with these loads is a good thing.
     
  10. Bill Hom

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    I very much like the 7/8oz loads. My pet load is 18.5 gr Red Dot(Hornaday) bushing #474. Fio 616 or Winchester 209, a Winchester WAA12L wad and 7/8oz 7.5s and a full choke. Chrono says 1290fps. Super soft on recoil. Have had much better luck shooting 7.5s, much harder breaks. When I am on, I get very good breaks from 27, but usually limit them to singles and first shot on doubles. Try the 7.5, More smoke.
    Bill Hom
     
  11. AJKohler

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    Shoot nothing bigger. I use a load of Clays under a B&P T2 wad - what Ballistic Products sells as the '078 Lightning.' No other wad gives me the confidence that it will deliver a consistent pattern. Hulls are either Remington Premier (I've been at this for a while) or STS. The same load also goes into old-style AA's - the wad is too tall for the new ones.

    Not saying they won't, but I tried a bunch and this was the only wad that never left me with the feeling that I'd done everything right but the bird still sailed on, unbroken.

    Expensive, but confidence in the load is worth a lot to me.

    Tony
     
  12. hmb

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    Isn't that the payload they use in the Olympics? HMB
     
  13. 1oldtimer

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    You will break more birds with 1 1/8 or 1oz. Don't handicap yourself.
    Clyde
     
  14. acorange

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    They are fun to shoot W/O the recoil

    Gun Club hull,16.0 Red Dot,Grey Claybuster AA 7/8oz. copy wad, any primer.
    About 1180/1200 fps.
     
  15. zzt

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    Gun Club hulls, STS209 or W209 primer, 15.5 gr e3 powder, Fed 12S0 wad and West Coast Magnum shot make the nicest 7/8oz @ 1200fps I've found.

    Hornady and RCBS bushings are the same. If you cannot find what you want, call Hornady and they will sell you direct. Ask for a field load bushing if you are going to use hard shot. Bushings are cheap, so if you ask for a 7/8 #7 1/2, a 7/8 #8, and a 7/8 field load you'll be able to throw the correct weight of #8 no matter what shot you use. The #8 will throw 7/8oz of Chilled shot. The # 7 1/2 will thow 7/8oz of #8 magnum shot. The field bushing will throw 7/8oz of #8 really hard shot.

    Have fun.
     
  16. Ross

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    3220: As per above I've used a 7/8 oz load since 1994, use a bulky powder ie. 700X--Clays--RD, stay up around 1200 fps & you'll be fine. I use that grey WW clone from CB in REM hulls as per published data. Also as zzt said you should no problem getting a 7/8 bushing from Hornady or Gamaliel. With these light 7/8 loads don't try to get 8 or 10 loads out of a hull, when they start to burn around the mouth (crimp) that means they're getting weak in the crimp & not sealing well in the chamber, then you start to get blow-by and inconsistent performance due to the crimp opening too easily, this is more noticeable in cold temps. Ross Puls
     
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    I like 7/8 oz at 1200 fps, and or 1 oz. at 1150 fps.......using #8 shot.
     
  18. romie

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    I shoot for practice NO kick! shoot all day
     
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    Gun Club hulls, W209 primer, 15.5 gr #29 mec bushing), alliant extralite powder, Claybuster CB0178-12 wad, and 7/8oz #8 Magnum shot.

    I use this for all my practice.

    For official shoots, so far, I go to factory 1 1/8, usually Remington Gun Club.
     
  20. 3220

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    I am so pleased with all the information! Thanks to everyone for all your input. Hope 2013 proves to be a good one for all.

    All the best,

    Fred
     
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