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Reloading for the 28ga

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by johannvdg, Oct 20, 2016.

  1. johannvdg

    johannvdg Active Member

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    Hi All

    My name is Johann, I reside in South Africa and I have recently acquired a Franchi 28ga SbS. Primarily to give my 9 year old son a decent gun to shoot with, but also for me to use for shooting francolin, partridge and quail over my GSP's.

    In SA supply and cost of anything other than 12ga is limited and high, which led to me starting to reload for my 20ga on a RCBS Grand that I was able to buy in SA and with which I am very happy with, although getting wads can sometimes be a problem. Since starting down this path, my 12ga guns have almost become wall hangers.

    I plan on reloading for the 28 as well, my question is, which reloader would you suggest, bearing in mind that the easiest solution to the wad problem may well be punching out home made fiber or felt wads of some sort.

    Taking a guesstimate, I would say we'll probably be reloading in the region of 250-300 shell a month.

    I will appreciate all inputs, thank you.
     
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    smokintom Well-Known Member

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    MEC 600jr or Mark5.
     
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  3. dgh

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    Or even a Mec Sizemaster Primer feed option is standard on these

    DGH
     
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  5. timb99

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    Johann, waar woon jy? Ek is 'n Amerikaanse, maar ek het in Suid-Afrika naby Midrand (Kyalami) vir 6 jaar tot April vanjaar.

    Ek geskiet in Centurion, Doornkop, en Wattlespring.

    Ek het deelgeneem aan CTSASA gebeure heelwat!

    Ek wonder of jy weet enige van my vriende?

    Wat poeier jy van plan is om te gebruik vir jou 28 gauge doppe? Ek weet Somchem bied slegs 'n paar poeiers geskik vir haelgewere.

    Tim
     
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    Tim, your spell check is not working!
     
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  7. dgh

    dgh Well-Known Member

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    Dang it,,

    Its like those people that speak Spanish at the grocery store.

    Now it happens here..

    DGH :beerchug::beerchug:
     
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  8. timb99

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    Just being polite, asking him where he lives and such...

    Plus, they have a very limited selection of gunpowder to use over there and I was curious what he was planning to use for the 28 gauge.
     
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    As was he when he wrote his request in anglic on what is primarily an American forum. Most who post here struggle with English, nicht wahr? Good of you to try helping in Afrikaans.

    If he can find another Grand in 28 ga he will be ahead of the game since he knows from his 20 ga how it operates. Take a long time to pay for itself though.
     
  10. timb99

    timb99 Well-Known Member

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    Don't be too impressed though. Google Translate is my friend!

    Google Translate
     
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  11. Nebs

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    RCBS does not make a 28 ga. version of the Grand.
     
  12. johannvdg

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    I will be using reclaimed hulls, from wherever I can find, so resizing will be a must.

    I like the Sizemaster, what is durability like?

    The 375 looks the business, but I still have to get it to SA, for which I have a plan, but it's a weight sensitive plan.

    A Grand would be perfect, I did not know that it came in 28ga. And I got the 20ga for a song, so having to spend a little more will not hurt too bad.

    Tim, ek bly in Centurion, and thanks for the friendly greeting.

    I know many of the clay shooters at Centurion and Wattlesprings, although for me clays is something that keeps me out of trouble when there are no birds flying;)

    You are quite correct, we have very few powders that may work. And all will have to be on a trial base, as Somchem have no data. S221 and S265 are likely candidate.

    Keep the advice coming, I have until about April next year to put my plan into action.

    Johann van de Giessen
     
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    Funniest damn thing I have ever read on here!
     
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    Ouch. Did not know that.
     
  15. timb99

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    Johann,

    You might consider MP200 for the 28 gauge. It is similar to Hodgdon Universal Clays which is a good 28 gauge powder.

    Tim
     
  16. johannvdg

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    Tim I'll try it, I still have half a tin left, from the 20ga experiments.
     
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    Another option may be to buy a used Hornady 366 over here, we get 12ga machines on the market from time to time and convert it to 28ga. Is the conversion worthwhile?
     
  18. timb99

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    In a case of "small world" Johann, I am sure we have met! I think at one of the SA Wingshooters Christmas shoots. Probably at Hippo Creek but I also attended one at Sterkfontein.

    Converting a Hornady 366 to 28 gauge, if you can get the parts, would be a lekker idea.
     
  19. dgh

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    Ok Tim,

    Chuck Agrees.

    DGH
     
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  20. Nebs

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    28 ga. dies sets for the 366 are showing "available" on the Hornady website. The price looks high but I'm guessing you could get them for less from a retailer (Hornady is loath to undercut its retailers). Some who load using the 366 have extra dies heads populated with dies for other gauges, simplifying the changeover process and eliminating the need to adjust dies.