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Wad Recommendation Needed for a Novice Reloader

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Ray Collins, Sep 27, 2010.

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  1. Ray Collins

    Ray Collins Active Member

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    Which wads should I use for 1 oz. and a 1 1/8 oz. loads in Winchester HS AA hulls? The Down Range and Clay Busters brands appear to be the best values. I intend to purchase a Mec 9000E and will use green dot powder. I shoot trap exclusively.

    Ray
     
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    grntitan Well-Known Member

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    For AA and Green Dot i use Winchester WAA12 and WT-12 or Claybuster/Downrange versions.
     
  3. Leo

    Leo Well-Known Member

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    Claybuster AA replacements will be the easiest to use and find data for. The claybuster catalog shows which to order for 1 ounce and which to use for 1-1/8th. They must have been ok, I used at least 10 cases of them with no troubles. I used a MEC Grabber, the manually indexing version of the press you want. Good Luck
     
  4. Pull & Mark

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    Ray, Both will work fine for you. Claybuster has been around a very long time while Down Range is the new guy on the block and alot of shooters like them. I can find no fault in one or the other and have used both. Buy the cheaper one and do get 2 different wads for loading l oz. and for l l/8 oz. loads. Good Luck and Break-em all. Jeff
     
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    Green Dusters for 1 oz. Blue Dusters for 1-1/8.

    Wayne
     
  6. Ray Collins

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    Thanks everyone; you have been very helpful.

    Ray
     
  7. TJZ1911A1

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    check out my post on the forum for the mec 9000 if your looking for one.. it's a few posts down from yours
     
  8. Ray Collins

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    Thanks TJD1911 1A but I want an electric model--the 9000E.

    Ray
     
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    The DR XL-1 and Green Duster are very good wads - better than the Claybuster.

    I cannot load the Claybuster 1 1/8 wad in AA's without buckling the hull so I use the Win AA wad or the Windjammer wad. Both pattern very well and the Windjammer is less expensive.

    Green dot is not a great choice for 1 oz loads if you are looking for reduced loads. Promo is excellent but you MUST have a scale as it varies from lot to lot. Red Dot and Clays are also good and economical powders for 1 and 1 1/8 target loads.

    Don Verna
     
  10. oskerspap12

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    Go with any of the Down Range(DRxxx)wads. You'll be glad you did.
    D.P.Reynolds
     
  11. Ray Collins

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    Thanks everyone. While I am asking what do you recommend for primers? Winchester 209 seems to be the standard but they are expensive. I have been warned away from Nobelsport 209 because they are oversized and will stretch the primer holes. I thought .209 was the size?? What do you fellows use?

    Thanks,

    Ray
     
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    Go with Chedittes , Never a failure for me in many years of using them . Rem and Wins are too expensive for me .
     
  13. Pull & Mark

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    Ray, I don't care that the Nobel Sports stretch the pockets or not. I am not going back to the Win. AA's at their price any time soon. Hulls will wear out in time anyway. The Cheddites have a problem with some firing pins punchering the out metal of the primer and burning the end of the firing pin off. This does not happen with all makes of guns. Try a few before you buy alot or go with the Nobels. Break-em all. Jeff
     
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