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Red Dot in 20 guage Any data out there?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Bruce Em, May 15, 2009.

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  1. Bruce Em

    Bruce Em Member

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    Don't do it. There's a reason you don't find any data.
     
  2. GoldEx

    GoldEx Active Member

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    Well, there used to be because I have data from alliant (Hercules) that lists Red Dot buried in the mess I call my reloading room. It must have been a marginal loading and their attorneys probably advised them to ditch the data. If you can find an older manual, it's in there.

    Jeff
     
  3. goatskin

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    Yes, several.

    Go to SGW, Reloading, and search for 'Red Dot & 20 gauge' and 'Promo & 20 gauge' with Case = author.

    Bob
     
  4. larry byers

    larry byers TS Member

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    Red Dot is not good for 20ga. Sell the red dot and buy a powder suited for the 20 ga. I use Long Shot, 20-28 is a good powder. LWB
     
  5. PerazziBigBore

    PerazziBigBore TS Member

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    Yes. there is data.. but I don't suggest Red Dot for 20 gauge unless you are loading 11/16th oz.. or 3/4 max.. at 7/8oz.. pressure was all over the board.. and with the piss poor primers of today.. Why go there..??? Unique would be a much better,safer,powder
     
  6. Recoil Sissy

    Recoil Sissy Well-Known Member

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    SteveL-CT:

    The burn rate of Red Dot is too fast for 7/8 ounce 20 gauge target loads. Red Dot is NOT an acceptable powder for 20 gauge loads with one exception.

    Hercules Powder Company (Alliant's corporate predecessor) did publish a few 20 ga. recipes in the late 80's and early 90's for *** 3/4 ounce *** loads. Most called for obsolete hulls, primers, etc. However, the 1992 Reloader's Guide includes a recipe using a Remington Premier hull, a Rem209P primer and a RXP20 wad.

    Because of a small powder charge and the reduced 3/4 ounce shot charge, the recipe requires the use of 2 each, 1/8 inch, .410 card wads in the bottom of the shot cup in order to get a decent crimp.

    There was a similar recipe using AA hulls and Winchester components. I loaded a few of the Winchester version years ago. They worked but they're a PIA to load.

    If you can't find a copy of the 1992 guide, drop me a PM with an address and I'll snail mail you a photo copy.

    sissy

    Edited addition:

    Red Dot is great for it's intended purposes. For example, Red Dot is wonderful for one ounce loads in 12 gauge. It burns entirely too fast for standard 7/8 oz. 20 gauge payloads. It generates to much pressure in the 20 ga. That's the "evil magic".
     
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