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Reloadability of Win AA hulls

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by semperdog, Mar 29, 2013.

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  1. semperdog

    semperdog TS Member

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    Hello-

    Picked up some 12 ga. Winchester AA Xtra-Lite, Light, Super Sport and Super Handicap hulls. Are these quality reloadable hulls, or should I toss them? Thanks.
     
  2. BuddyTrapChamp

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    i have a hard time reloading with them but that is just me
     
  3. straightshooter1

    straightshooter1 Well-Known Member TS Supporters

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    I have heard, many times, that the only difference between the red AAs and the Gray Handicaps, is the color. But, I get at least 3 reloads from the reds before I see splits, and 5 from the Handicaps. I check them carefully, and find the Handicaps load longer.

    Some reds give me 5-7 loads, some Handicaps 6-8. But, the reds split quicker, and the Handicaps load longer.

    Really seems there must be a difference besides the colors.

    Bob
     
  4. Nebs

    Nebs Well-Known Member

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    Winchester AA hulls, of whatever variety, are quality, reloadable hulls; do not toss them. If for some reason you decide you don't like them, you can sell them; there is a market for them. Just check the "for sale" category. At a minimum, give them away to someone who wants to use them.

    Some people have problems getting a proper stack heights with the newer AAHS reloads, but that is easily fixed by selecting the proper wad, sometimes, a wad designed for a larger load will allow all the components to fit. For instance, use a 1 1/8 oz. wad if loading 1 oz. of shot.
     
  5. Chichay

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    I reload AA hulls, 6 times and then toss them.
     
  6. Ron(Oh)

    Ron(Oh) TS Member

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    If you're going to toss them Please toss them my way
     
  7. Redcobra

    Redcobra Active Member

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    Heck, I reload Win Super Targets 3 or 4 times. I get 8 loads out of the AAs.
     
  8. Tugboat

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    I have seen an improvement in their reloadability. For some years the reds were terrible, even splitting factory loaded hulls...They are better now, 5-6 reloads, both red and grey..
     
  9. slide action

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    The plastic on the new style AA is much more brittle than the old style one piece AA hull. It may vary for some, but, they get pretty bad splits after about 3 reloads in most cases. I take them for free but won't pay for them. I load them twice and for doubles "chuckers" the 3rd time. They are far inferior to the Rem. STS hulls and the new Federals hold up better, at least in my experience. Still for 3 or 4 loads they will work OK.
     
  10. Star4Ever

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    I will be reloading a batch of Winny RED AA HS for the 7th time. Which is about as high as I have gone on the AA for reloads. I will throw out any that show splits or petal tears and keep going with the batch just to see how far they can go. Through 6 reloads, there is no metal failure and out of about 500 (using Lowry target box for storage and batch segregation)... there have been no rejects yet due to splitting. These were new AA HS which were purchased as new shells last year, about 2 splits worth or (500).

    I do not think there is any hull difference between light or heavy or Xtra-Lite loads, other than the printing on the outside of the case. Between red an silver? I do not know if there is any real difference between them other than the color.

    Art
     
  11. shot410ga

    shot410ga Well-Known Member

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    They are no good. Please, send all your once fired AA hulls to me and I will dispose of them for you. Red or Grey, even mixed is OK.
     
  12. Greevesman

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    Not sure what you guys are doing but I get at least 15 reloads out of AAs.
    Some cracking around the crimp but they hold shot. Old 1 pice AAs finally blow part of the crimp off. New 2 piece split on the body. At that point they are done.
    There was an excellant post a month or so ago where a fellow fired and photographed each shot until destruction.
    He was up around 20 at that point.
     
  13. Star4Ever

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    Greevesman:
    Yes that was a very excellent post regarding the shot by shot degradation of the hulls.
    Art
     
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