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looking for reload info on estate shells

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by dale58, Jun 19, 2011.

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  1. dale58

    dale58 Well-Known Member

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    anyone have any 1oz. reload info. for estate shells using winchester components? Thanks Dale
     
  2. grntitan

    grntitan Well-Known Member

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    Federal now owns Estate. Load them like the plastic Federals. The are basically the same hull with a different name.
     
  3. 3dram8

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    You may get some funny sounding loads using Winchester wads in the Estate hulls especially in cold weather. The Estate hull is the same hull as the Top Gun, just a brighter red color. These hulls are straight-wall rather than tapered wall like the the Winchester hulls. Winchester wads are made with a smaller diameter base to compensate for the thicker hull wall on the Winchester hulls where the base of the wad ends up resting when seated. So, with Winchester wads, you'll get a little "blow-by" (more during cold weather when the wads are stiff) until the base of the wad spreads to seal the pressure behind it. You'll get a better seal from the "get-go" with wads meant for these straight-wall hulls. Examples of wads with the larger base diameter intended for these straight-wall hulls would be the Federal 12SO, 12S3, 12S4, and the various clones of these wads made by DownRange, Claybuster, etc. ....Rick
     
  4. Quack Shot

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    Do a search on TS.com and look for loads for Top Guns, Estates, etc. There have been numerous threads on the subject and you could get somme good information by reading them. You can also use data intended for the Gold Medal hulls, according to a couple of powder manufacturers. I would stay away from the higher pressure loads. Lyman's new manual has a few loads as well. An old Alliant manual from 1996 has loads for those hulls. I would recommend using the Federal wads or clones. Any wad intended for use in a straight tubed hull might be a possibility as well. I would stay away from wads intended for tapered hulls like the Winchester or Remington wads, especially the budget versions of those wads. They may not perform very well in colder weather and could give you some inconsistencies. Just because a load is listed, does not mean it will perform well. They list loads that will obtain certain velocities with pressures under maximum specs for the components used under the conditions they tested them under.
     
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