What works best for me (Beretta unsingle) is a 7/8 oz load using Remington hulls, Downrange wad, Clays, and Win 209 primer for 1200fps. A Briley extended modified choke gives great patterns at the 16 yard range and, if I do my part, they crush targets.
What works best for me is a DRXXL 19.6 Promo 24 grams #8 shot Winchester or Fiocchi primer 1330 fps.. Now.. I usually shoot .032 or more choke.. but yesterday I was shooting my MX3 Special that has .019/.032 chokes.. I missed no first birds.. crushed most.. smoked a few.. broke a few.. and only miss a few 2nd birds... This has been my load for many,many years.. It's been flawless and tested by Kevin at Downrange.. Good results also have come from CB4100.. Duster and Winchester wads.. In bunker I shoot them up to 55/60 meters with .038/.048 chokes and have completely inkballed targets at extreme ranges... If you centerpunch your target with a hot core pattern..these results can be expected..
In my wad testing..if you stay between 1150 and 1350 fps.. there is not a whole bunch of difference in the pattern if you use quality wads.. Once you approach 1380 fps..wads tell a different story.. That lecture is for another day... All Good Mike
7/8 oz of 9s, Claybuster 0178 gray wad (clone of Winchester 12L), Rem. STS hull, +/- 17.3 gr. Clays (between 1210 and 1220 fps, and Winchester primer. Good for skeet, 16 yards, 1st shot of doubles, and close 5 stand or Clays. You need that velocity to ensure a reliable powder burn for consistency. I use I/C to Imp. Mod. depending on the venue.
I like the Claybuster 12SO Federal Clone and 19.5 of Promo or 17.7 of Alliant Extra Lite with a Fiocchi 616 primer. I use a .023" choke in one gun and a .035" in another and the results are about the same at 16 yards.JRM
I was loading Rem case Fio 616,18.0 gr. Red Dot, Win gray AA12L and hard 8's at around 1250fps. Could only get a clean burn with tight chokes. I bumped it up to 18.5 at about 1285 to 1300fps. Clean burn and great breaks with all chokes (when I do my part) First shot in doubles, ink ball with .28 constriction. Bill
I use Federal 12S0 wads with STS or Gun Club hulls and e3 powder for loads between 1150fps and 1220fps. Patterns are superb, and better than any other wad I've tried.
For faster loads than 1220 with e3 just use the TGT-12 wad. It works better for me than all of the other 7/8z wads like WAA12L or clones, and better than the DRM XXL pink. You can also use the TGT-12 for slower loads with bulkier powders like Red Dot.
I'm not sure if it is my reloading press, or problems with some wads, but the two wads I mentioned work the best for me across 6 barrels, so it can't be just a quirk.
For bunker loads, I really like the Federal Gold Medal plastic with F209A primer, American Select powder and the 12S0 wad. However, these hulls tend to separate in my chambers, so i don't use them anymore.
Since about 1994 Premiers- STS or GCs--mostly Rem. STS 209s--TGT12-or CB clone--15gr. 700x--or 16gr. RD or Clays or Promo-7\8 # 8s about 1150, several different chokes-17 thou. 27 thou. & 35thou. I like the 27 & 35 thou. best, but you have to be pretty well centered as there's not much fringe. good back to 23-24yds. after that they seem a little "thin". JMO. Ross Puls
I shoot a lot of 7/8 and 1oz loads. Have settled on 17.5 Promo, Fio primer, CB 1100 or Green Duster wads, Remington or AA hulls. Both wads allow me to switch back and forth with no press adjustment and work well in either hull,having slightly dished crimps in the Remingtons with 7/8. Use a Guerini light full choke with the 7/8 and still get nice smoke balls when I do my part.