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I just got some Eagle shot #9. On advice from a fellow club member who noticed his MEC was dropping heavy in 20 ga., I checked mine with the Spolar. My Spolar was dropping about 25.5 grams where the 7/8 bushing should be dropping 24.8 grams. A small piece of masking tape in the shot bushing brought it back down to acceptable weight.

This shot is from South America...Peru if I remember correctly.

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Eagle shot is about 1/4 to 1/3 smaller than size stated, and is a touch softer. Both contribute to heavier drops.
 

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Did you take one single bb out to see what the weight was?
 

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This is interesting because your shot bushing should be designed to drop the appropriate weight of chilled shot and should drop light when dropping magnum shot.

When you say your bushing "should be dropping 24.8 grams," did you ever weigh what it was dropping with the Lawrence shot, for comparison?
 

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I never check it before this came to my attention. It came already set up from Spolar. I noticed that the reloads seemed slightly "fuller" when I started with this shot.
 

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The Spolar has a "shaker" that is supposed to help ensure complete powder/shot/primer drops. It became a little "balky" when I started loads in the Eagle shot. Perhaps just a few more pellets???
 

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I never check it before this came to my attention. It came already set up from Spolar. I noticed that the reloads seemed slightly "fuller" when I started with this shot.
"Fuller?" Interesting because the bushing should drop a consistent volume of shot. Weight difference come from differences in size of the shot and density of the lead it's made from.
 

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A Spolar? Interesting. I just can't see how changing brands of shot would have an impact on the crimps.
 

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A little off topic, but it seemed like every bag of Eagle 7.5s I bought, had #8 shot in them. Maybe I was just lucky.o_O

I try to stay away from it for any of my 7.5 recipes. I know it's only supposed to be 0.005" difference, but when I want 7.5s I try to make sure I have them.

I load by weight since my loader has adjustable shot and powder bars.

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I have some Eagle shot in #9 and find it is both smaller and softer than Lawrence Magnum shot. I use it for loading 410 skeet shells were space is a big problem. Other than the 410 I use Lawrence #9 as the Eagle 9 measures like a #10 size shot.
 

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I am currently loading up some 1 1/4 #5's for pheasants using up some Lawrence hard shot. This got me thinking so I got the micrometer out and measured a number of pellets and they averaged .129. Opened a bag of Eagle #5's and they visually just looked smaller. Measured a number of pellets and they averaged .109. Guess I'll have to finish loading with what measures out to be #6 shot. Hopefully the birds won't mind the difference. I've always felt Eagle shot runs at least one size smaller than what is printed on their bags. That is why I don't use any Eagle shot smaller than 7 1/2's for Trap or Sporting Clays.
 

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The culprit probably is the bushing. The 7/8 oz. bushings, unlike the 1 oz and 1 1/8 oz bushings, are not made according to the size shot being dropped. It's possible the bushing is made for #7 1/2 and thus will drop heavier loads with smaller shot. But that would not account for the bushing dropping a larger volume of shot, that should stay constant.
 

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I found out years ago when my reloader was set up a 1 3/8 of #6's for annies, loaded 200 rounds with eagle shot went to the range and got the sh*t beat out of me.
Got home and cut some shells open, measured the shot drops, they were coming out close to an 1 1/2, found out the reloader was set up with west coast shot. ended up making a smaller bushing
Nebs is right the volume wont change just the weight depending on shot brands, size and lead content being the main factors. The 7/8oz #9 shot should be .570 id, and around .573 for #7 1/2's, based on west coast shot. Also shot drops will
vary 5 to 10 pellets any direction.
 

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I found out years ago when my reloader was set up a 1 3/8 of #6's for annies, loaded 200 rounds with eagle shot went to the range and got the sh*t beat out of me.
Got home and cut some shells open, measured the shot drops, they were coming out close to an 1 1/2, found out the reloader was set up with west coast shot. ended up making a smaller bushing
Nebs is right the volume wont change just the weight depending on shot brands, size and lead content being the main factors. The 7/8oz #9 shot should be .570 id, and around .573 for #7 1/2's, based on west coast shot. Also shot drops will
vary 5 to 10 pellets any direction.
I guess in order to do that, you'd have to have the shot bushing custom made (or make them yourself). So far as I know, no one makes shot-size specific 7/8 oz bushings that will fit in a Spolar.
 
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