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Powder choice for long shoots...

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by John55, Nov 3, 2011.

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  1. John55

    John55 Active Member

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    Our local clubs are starting to have a "game" shoot day during the winter months and I need to come up with a good 1-1/4oz or 1-3/8oz load for the long shoots. Years ago I always loaded IMR-4756 for these loads but now there are many choices that I'm not familiar with. The 2 powders I am considering are the 4756 mentioned and a new one for me, Longshot by Hodgdon. One guy I know loads Pro Reach but told me it is very dense and getting a proper crimp is problematic with the wads available. Any comments or suggestions will be appreciated.
     
  2. KENENT1

    KENENT1 Active Member

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    longshot is great, but make sure you got your earplugs in, it has a report!

    tony
     
  3. Jawhawker

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    Been stuck on 4756 since the 80's. Ran out of AL7. I tried many through the years and still go back. Haven't tried Pro Reach and probably won't as I don't get to play the games much anylonger due to availibilty in my area. I hope your tough so you can go through a 3-4 experience shooting 1 3/8oz loads. I'd keep her at 1 1/4 max. I even got to where I was buffering 1 1/8 oz loads and having respectable showing.
     
  4. Jimmie and Sandy

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    22.5 grains of 540

    Drop 1.25 of 6's into one half spoon of flour for buffer.
     
  5. goatskin

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    4756, 7625, PB, Longshot ... pick'em.

    FedPaper, F209A, 12S-4, 1¬ľoz of copper 5. 6 or 7s ... harvest they money.

    Bob
     
  6. Rooksd1

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    I like 7625 1 1/4 6s 1330 fps mild compared to others.
     
  7. short shucker

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    A couple of scoops of Blue Dot and a SP12 wad in a Federal hull works pretty darn good. Top it off with an 1 1/4 oz of Kentucky 9's and you'll rule the roost.

    ss
     
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    Just reading this thread makes my shoulder and neck hurt.
     
  9. School Teacher

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    One of my favorite long range loads was an STS hull, 25 grains of Alliant Herco, Remington 209P primer, Remington SP12 wad and 1 1/4 oz of magnum 5, 6 or 7 size shot. The load is about 1250 fps and 8600 PSI. You can find this load on the Alliant web site.

    The recoil in a 8 3/4 pound 870 TC trap was not unpleasant and not too loud.

    I shot this load better than faster, heavier loads.

    If you are just starting to shoot games, do not overlook a simple STS Nitro 27 with 7 1/2 shot. They have a long reach, especially for the first shot or "call" bird.

    Ed Ward
     
  10. John55

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    Thanks for all the replies folks. I'm a "game" shooter from way back and recoil isn't much of an issue...back then I loved my 4756 behind 1-3/8oz of copper 5s, about 1250fps and not bad for recoil. This sort of thing is just now becoming popular again around here so it's time dust off those old back up loads once again! Protections, long shoots and Annie Oakleys are all good fun and a nice way to pass a cold winter afternoon!
     
  11. cubancigar2000

    cubancigar2000 Well-Known Member

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    I have shot nothing but long games for 25+ years now. I have used Herco, PB, 4756, 800X, Longshot, Pro Reach, 7625, Blue Dot. The best for me is the 7625 and 4756 comes in a close second. In my opinion after hundreds of trials I believe that nothing shoots 1375 fps as soft as 7625
     
  12. poacherjoe

    poacherjoe Well-Known Member

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    I use Unique for the games.It seems softer that 4756 and blue dot.Herco is another good one!PJ
     
  13. SeldomShoots

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    John55, you have already used one of the best game powders ever made. Stick with the 4756. Its easy on the shoulder and gets the job done as well as any of them. With 32 to 33 grains of it and 1 and 1/4 ounce of 5s or 6s, there is really no such thing as an unbreakable target if you do your job.

    John E.
     
  14. John55

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    Believe that's what I'm going to do for now as I just picked up a pound of 4756. Might try some Longshot later on but for now I'm going to try my old load again and see if it's as good as I remember it being!
     
  15. Ifitfliesitdies

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    I've been using Unique with Claybuster Windjammer wads. Very soft shooting, (lower pressures than most) they pattern excellent and I smoke targets!
     
  16. wayneo

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    Schoolteacher has a great load. Herco is an outstanding powder for hunting loads.

    Wayne
     
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