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Reloading STS shells

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by kiv-c, Aug 19, 2010.

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  1. kiv-c

    kiv-c Member

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    I have about 1500 STS hulls, I doubt that any two are the same length!

    Seem to load ok; just kinda funny looking crimps on some.
     
  2. Ljutic111

    Ljutic111 TS Member

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    Mine are all perfect after finished crimp using Claybuster wads and 1 oz of lead . I opened a bag of different wads (old windjammers) that were shorter and had a few bad shells so I won`t use them in any more of my reloads . Stay with works best for you and your reloader . I only reload Remingtion STS hulls .
     
  3. zzt

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    Batches of OEM powders the shotshell manufacturers use vary more than is permitted for the canister grade lots sold to reloaders. One of the variables is volume, so manufacturers vary the length of their hulls a bit to accommodate the different densities of each lot.

    I load STS and Gun club hulls exclusively (now). I have my press adjusted so the very longest hulls show a slight swirl in the crimp, and the shortest might show a pinhole opening in the center. My standard loads all chrono with SDs in the high single digits, so I don't worry about it. Single digit SDs tell me the crimps (among other things) are consistent.
     
  4. Stl Flyn

    Stl Flyn Well-Known Member

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    I noticed this also, especially after you reload them three or four times.
     
  5. Unknown1

    Unknown1 Well-Known Member

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    Loading Gun Club hulls, I set my P-W presses to give a .060" deep crimp on the long hulls. That gives a shallow crimp (.040"±) on the short hulls but I prefer that to adding a couple thousand PSI to the chamber pressure with .070" deep crimps on the long hulls.

    MK
     
  6. BDodd

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    Ditto zzt's advice - same as my experience......breakemall....Bob Dodd
     
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    I have noticed this phenom with STS hulls since the beginning. THe do vary a lot. Set your press to load the shorter ones and the longer ones will still crimp fine.

    Jeff
     
  8. letts

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    I have about 3000 sts empties, Maybe I will separate them into long and short hulls and the my crimp should be perfect every time. I will get right on it as as soon as I get a round too it.


    Letts
     
  9. Quack Shot

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    That sort of length variation is the norm with Remington STS and Gun Club type hulls.
     
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