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Good powder for 1150-1180fps 1oz loads?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by skeet_man, Sep 12, 2013.

  1. skeet_man

    skeet_man Well-Known Member

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    Looking to build a 1oz load @ 1150-1180fps using Federal Top Gun hulls (thats what I can get for free @ the club), Federal 209A primer, and the Downrange DRHFO wad (the 12SO clone hybrid w/ the 8 petal top).

    Years ago I used SOLO 1000 for 12ga loads (2003 and before) and loved it. For some reason it seems to have fallen out of popularity. Back then I was using a STS case, STS primer, and Rem TGT-12 wad, which would have given me a PSI of about 7000. I don't remember any issue with incomplete burns w/ that load, but that was before I really looked for that sort of thing.

    I'm inclined to try using it again to build my new load, but am a bit worried about the low pressure. The load I'm looking at will be roughly 6400pfs to 7200psi, depending on charge/velocity.

    I remember a few years ago I was playing with some International Clays in a 1oz load, and the powder wasn't burning completely, and I had to switch to a Federal primer to get the pressure up enough to burn properly. The load was @ 7100psi with a Win primer, and bumped up to 7900psi w/ the Fed. Dunno if that's just b/c Int'l Clays is hard to light, or b/c the pressure was too low. The load I'm working with uses the Federal 209A primer, so switching to a hotter primer really won't be a choice.

    Only powder I'm really seeing doing a little research tonight that keeps the pressure up on 1150fps 1oz loads is Extra-Lite. I tried that w/ some 7/8oz 12ga last winter, it was OK, but not really spectacular.

    Any other suggestions?
     
  2. valmet

    valmet TS Supporters TS Supporters

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    1oz. w/17.5 Red Dot. i use the same set-up as you listed. very satisfied. dennis
     
  3. Play Dead

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    Red Dot! It is economical, reliable and usually available.

    Play Dead
     
  4. alf174

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    I've been using E3 for a similar load and its working very well, no unburned powder - though its not always readily available.
     
  5. Bill_B

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    Take a look at Alliant's "American Select". It's a clean burning powder for low charges.
     
  6. Beretta Young Gun

    Beretta Young Gun Active Member

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    700X. Its always available in my area. I much prefer Solo 1000 but its getting hard to find. BYG
     
  7. halfmile

    halfmile Well-Known Member

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    Titewad

    HM
     
  8. plaw

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    15 grains extra-lite,very clean
     
  9. HTSmith

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    Skeet, Extra-Lite works good for me in Gold Medal hulls for 1 ounce. Based on felt recoil, I backed down .5 Gr from Alliant's recipe. I can't say its better than the Clays I used before, but its just as good.

    Tim Smith
     
  10. Hookedonshooting

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    17 grns of Promo. Not sure what they did but its ALOT cleaner than it used to be. And you cant beat the price. Shoots the same as Red Dot imo. I actually only drop 16 grns using cheddites, cb1100 and sts hulls. Recoil is minimal, measures around 1140 fps
     
  11. Dr.Longshot

    Dr.Longshot Banned Banned

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    Use 17.5 PROMO the best for the price and performance hands down

    Gary Bryant
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  12. timb99

    timb99 Well-Known Member

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    Clays, Titewad. Maybe even Winchester Extra Light.
     
  13. bkt514

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    Anybody like 18.5 to 19 grains of Green Dot??
     
  14. chuckie68

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    17.5 grains of Titewad

    12SO Wad

    Federal Top Gun Hull

    Cheddite Primer

    1 oz. shot size of your choice

    1180 F.P.S.

    Chuck
     
  15. FLIP

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    16 grains nitro 100
     
  16. grnberetcj

    grnberetcj Active Member

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    16 grs. 700X, 12S0 wad, 1oz. of hard shot, 209A primer and a Federal (or Estate) hull.

    Kiss principle.

    Curt
     
  17. SPACE GUN

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    16 grains of PROMO
     
  18. Zoom.Golly

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    These days.....buy whatever 12 gauge target powder you can get, then use your powder manuals to find the right drop weight.
     
  19. Bluzman98

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    16.3 gr 700X, CB 1100, Win 209, 1 oz 8's. .......that's my combo when I reloaded.

    JMHO

    Jim C
     
  20. Pull & Mark

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    Win. AA Lite!!! A little goes a long way so its economical as well. break em all. Jeff