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Powder Recommendations for 20 guage

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by zzt, Jan 24, 2010.

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  1. zzt

    zzt Well-Known Member

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    I'm about to reload a new batch of 7/8oz 20 gauge target loads in the 1150fps to 1200fps range, using STS hulls and STS209 or W209 primers.

    I have Unique, Universal, and Solo 1250 powders on hand along with RXP20 wads. So naturally, LOL, I can't use anything I actually have on hand. That's against the law, isn't it?

    Actually, I want to standardize on one load, so if you reload STS hulls, I'd like to know your favorite powder and wad, and why you like them.
     
  2. short shucker

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    I reload using both Unique an Universal. I had a hard time getting Universal here a while back so I tried some Unique. I like both, but if I had to settle on one it would be Universal. I'm a big fan of Hodgdon powders.

    The wad you are using is just fine for either.

    ss
     
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    I use Universal Clays with the Remington STS Hull and primer, 7/8 oz. and the RXP20 wad. I like it a lot. Relatively low pressures/recoil, burns clean and I use Universal for the 16 and 28 ga too. Unique might work too but it is a bulky powder and does not burn as clean. The Hodgdon manual says 15.5 gr Univ. for 1150 fps and 15.8 for 1200 and both are below 10,000 psi. Check out the Hodgdon website for the details, you can not go wrong with Universal in my opinion.

    Scott
     
  4. Jawhawker

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    Unique.
     
  5. shrek

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    Of the powders you have I like universal in the 20 gauge better. But my favorite 20 gauge powder is 20/28.
     
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    Unique is good...after you use up your current supply of it, consider switching to Clays Universal which is excellent as noted by short shucker and scott above. Regards, Ed
     
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    Another vote for Unique.
     
  8. Andy44

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    Go with 15~15.5 gr of Alliant 20/28 w/RXP20 wads. Super for what you're looking for!

    AndyH ;-)
     
  9. cbxchris

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    After you get done with your current powders do try 20/28. I once used unique and universal too.
     
  10. zzt

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    Thanks, I will try 20/28 before deciding. Andy, what is the ID of the bushing you use to drop 15.5gr?
     
  11. ABH

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    ZZT,

    Try some Hodgdon Longshot with your components.I load to about 1250 fps and it works great for sporting clays.You can break them from the 27 yd line with ease also.The load is a little heavy for skeet,but I like to watch the birds completely disappear.

    ART H.
     
  12. halfmile

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    It depends on what you are trying to do.

    I found 15.5 of Unique to be less than 15 FPS deviation when chronographing.

    I found Universal to be good for a dual purpose load, using it in both the 20 and 28.

    I tried International, and it was a wee bit too bulky, and the loads were not as pretty.

    For now I am using Universal.

    HM
     
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    Another vote for Universal Clays.

    I've been loading some 20 gauge shells with it today.
     
  14. Andy44

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    "Thanks, I will try 20/28 before deciding. Andy, what is the ID of the bushing you use to drop 15.5gr? "

    Mec #19 / .348 I.D. Using in a SizeMaster press.

    AndyH ;-)
     
  15. EE

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    +1 for Universal. Unique is filthy.

    zzt, you didn't say what gun(s) you were going to shoot these loads in, but I found in my testing that Universal cycled the action in an 1100LT more reliably in very light loads (3/4oz) than any other powder, and still has 'relatively' low pressure in max 7/8oz. loads. I use it for my 28ga. loads and in 38 Special as well.

    EE
     
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    Some people may disagree but I use Longshot in 12,16 20ga and you don't have several differant powders to buy or taking up space etc. Yes it is louder when you shot and if not loaded right it is a dirty powder to use. I have read up on and found a few thing to do to make it burn cleaner, bring your wad pressure up to 65 or 70 psi and make German crimp {goodentight} with the depth of the crimp on the die a 3/4 turn down. This information was in the Winchester loading data. You can load 1oz, 1 1/8 in 12ga 1 1/8 in 16ga 7/8,1oz in 20ga they may be others but these are the ones I load and have great results with.

    thanks
    lee
     
  17. zzt

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    EE, I'll be shooting these loads in a 6lb 3oz Rizzini Aurum O/U with 29.5" barrels, .626" bores and choke tubes. I really like the STS Light Recoil loads (now discontinued, I fear) that were 7/8oz #8 @ 1135fps. My gun likes them, and they break targets waaay out there. That's what I'm now trying to duplicate. I'll go up to 1200fps if necessary, but definitely no higher.
     
  18. EE

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    So you don't need to worry about the cycling issue, but give Universal a try anyway. I think you'll like it.

    EE
     
  19. MtnGun

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    I have not reloaded for the 20 in years. But when I did, 4756 patterned nicely.
     
  20. RunGunIPSC

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    Have been loading 20 ga for 37+ yrs. Tried different stuff. I like Unique for all hulls. You can use a CCI 109/209 & reduce pressures quite a bit in the Rem/AA hulls. Check things out in the old mid to late 80's Hercules loading manuals.
     
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