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green dot for 20 and 28 gauge

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by dolphin62, Oct 27, 2009.

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  1. dolphin62

    dolphin62 Member

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    I just started using green dot this summer after not being able to find clays powder for loading 12 gauge. I can say I have never been happier, the loads are nice and with a little less felt recoil.

    THe only drawback I find is that you use more more grains to achive the same velositys as you would with red dot or clays.

    the question I have is...in the allient book they show a few loads for using green dot in 28 and 20 guage loads.
    Has anyone used this powder in these 2 gauges and how well did it work? Is it a goos powder or just one you would use when you had nothing else left to use.

    It would be great to find one powder you could use that worked well in 3 gauges...2 would even be nice.

    Any help would be greatful.

    jeff
     
  2. short shucker

    short shucker TS Member

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    Pressure is way too high on those loads. There is much better powder out there for the 20 and 28. I personally like Universal Clays for the 20 and 28.

    ss
     
  3. Andy44

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    20/28 works well in all 3 gauges. It's my powder of choice for 20ga target loads. I've used 18gr in 12 ga 1oz loads that recorded under 9K psi on an Oehler. Nice load at about 1180 fps. I would go so far as to say that most powders suited for 20 ga can be "safely" used in 12 ga loads.

    AndyH ;-)
     
  4. Bob Hawkes

    Bob Hawkes Well-Known Member

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    Jeff, I use Unique also for the 20/28. I think you can use it for the 12 too, but why would you? Not that big a deal unless your converting one press, then you've got to change bushings etc; anyway. Good luck, Bob
     
  5. high 2

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    How many grains are you loading in the 28? I`ve got about 12 lbs of Unique.
     
  6. dverna

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    Look at Lill'gun and Longshot for the 28. Low pressures and good velocity.

    don Verna
     
  7. hmb

    hmb Well-Known Member

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    Green Dot works fine in the 20 guage. I use 14 grains. HMB
     
  8. Dbl Auto

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    We were loading green dot for my Nephew in 20ga and switched to 20/28. It is faster and cleaner. I love my hcp 12 ga green dot load.
    Doug Allison
     
  9. eightbore

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    Green Dot is too fast for 28. Unique is a good choice for 20 and 28, and heavy pigeon loads in 12 gauge.
     
  10. Quack Shot

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    Even if there IS data for Green Dot in the 20 and 28 gauges, it would NOT be my first choice. There are WAY better powders for those gauges.
     
  11. oleolliedawg

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    As I recall Green Dot has been noted for pressure spikes in the 20GA. Some tube failures have occured in Skeet tube sets as a result of those spikes. Although Green Dot was a preferred powder in 20GA for many years there are many safer powders available and it is no longer recommended. Totally forget the 28!!
     
  12. 3dram8

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    I will also cast a vote for Alliant 20/28 powder. I've tried PB and International Clays, but I've been SO happy with 20/28, I quit right there. I was going to try Universal Clays, but never got to it since 20/28 is working out so well. ....Rick
     
  13. primer

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    I use 700X for all three. 12,20, and 28. The only one that I don't use it for is the 410. I have done this for years.
     
  14. wm rike

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    Green Dot is an old favorite for 20 ga. and I used to use 14 grs. However, with improved pressure testing equipment, some of those old loads haven't weathered too well, and Green Dot in 20 ga. is one of them. It's really a 12 ga. powder, and you shouldn't try to make it something it's not.

    I think Alliant has reduced the number of 20 ga. load combinations and the charge volumes for Green Dot several times in the past five years or so. They still list s 3/4 oz load, but that's all - no 7/8 oz recipes. If you shoot 4-5 rounds of factory target ammo and then turn around and shoot a like number of the aforementioned 14 grs. of Green Dot, you'll definitely notice the added bite generated by the Green Dot load.
     
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