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Reloading Help Sought

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by apd949, Oct 25, 2009.

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  1. apd949

    apd949 TS Member

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    Need reloading suggestions for Winchester AA hulls. Have a MEC Grabber with the biggest bushing being a 32. Need load suggestions to approximate a 3 dram equivalent target load using 7 1/2 shot, Winchester 209 primers,CB wads, and AA hulls. Need a stronger load than what I have been loading using Red Dot powder. Wife has an auto and its not cycling her shotgun using a 2 3/4 dram approx. load. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated as I am just about out of Red Dot.
     
  2. Francis Marion

    Francis Marion Well-Known Member

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    for a 1oz load, 18.0gr Clays, for an 1 1/8 load,21.5gr Unique. I use Duster wads, not Claybuster, but they are close. I use a #32 bushing for both. Be aware though, you will need to weigh out the powder. I polish all my bushings to get the powder drop I need. Bushing to bushing can be very inconsistant. Both loads are 1200-1250fps. Light recoil on both and no prob cycling an auto. Good luck.
     
  3. JACK

    JACK Well-Known Member Supporting Vendor

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    Yah-ah. Fix her gun.
     
  4. dverna

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    If a gun will not cycle a 2 3/4 dram load it needs to be repaired.

    Go to the Alliant web site for loads.

    Do you have a scale? If not, do not use anything close to maximum loads.

    Don Verna
     
  5. GordonWood421

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    Gun Problem +1 (or a bunch more)Your ammo is probably OK.

    What is she shooting and to what extent have you gone to make it squeaky-clean ?

    Charlie
     
  6. short shucker

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    Take gun to a qualified gunsmith and get it looked at. Reloading problem solved.

    ss
     
  7. bakergun

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    What model gun is it?
     
  8. OldRemFan

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    My suggestion - Please, if you value your eyes, hands and other parts of your body that are not replaceable then get your reloading data from powder or wad companies or from a reloading source such as the Lyman Shotshell book, 5th edition. It may be the best investment you ever made at about $20.

    Your wife would or should be included also in what you value.
     
  9. wayneo

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    As others have stated, if an auto won't cycle 2-3/4 dram loads, something is wrong with the gun. Wayne
     
  10. waverider

    waverider Well-Known Member

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    A few questions:

    What kind of gun?

    I agree about having the gun checked out. If you have not strip it completely down clean and oil all moving parts, try that first.

    You loading 1 1/8 oz of shot?

    Do you have a scale? Alliant bushing charts tend to drop light w/ progressive machines. If you have a scale what is the range of the powder drops.

    If you do not have a scale, what bushing are you using?

    Jason
     
  11. tom-n8ies

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    My 1100 will cycle 7/8 0z loads at aprox 1200 fps.

    I use a light coat of Break Free on the magazine tube, not so much to make it cycle as to make it easier to clean.

    Works for me.

    tom
     
  12. Quack Shot

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    apd949

    What model of gun? What are the EXACT details of your load? Shot weight? Which CB wad? Exactly how much powder is your #32 Bushing dropping? If you are NOT using a scale, DO NOT LOAD ANOTHER SHELL UNTIL YOU GET ONE AND START USING IT! (sorry for shouting)

    If the gun is a 3 1/2" magnum yada yada, it might not do well with 2 3/4" target loads. If it's a 2 3/4" target gun, it should function with most 2 3/4 dram eq loads.

    If you really want to go faster, I'd recommend buying the right bushing for a proper load, if need be. Many slower powders would require a larger bushing to get normal weights. Using a faster powder can be a hazard, since they tend to run up pressures as you increase velocity. Try to keep your pressures under 9500 PSI or so, and not much lower than 7500 if possible. I have absolutely NO problems with Red Dot or promo in my autos. Green Dot works well too.
     
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