20.5 grains Green Dot, STS hull, Win Primer, and if you can find them, as they don't make them anymore, a Downrange PURPLE PC Wad. 1 oz. #8's. Got me to the 27, they work, and it is published data. Great load!!! Just find the PC's, and you might call Downrange, they may have some in storage, tell them Borny sent ya!!! Good luck! Great load on 2nd shot of Doubles as well.
I like shootlow's load. My long time favorite 1 1/8oz load was STS hull, W209 primer, 19.1gr Green Dot, Fig-8 wad, 1 1/8oz West Coast Magnum shot. Extremely consistend, averages 1150fps. But it to 20gr for 1200fps. Both good loads.
From June to October, I shot 11 99s. I used one ounce 8 1/2s powered by Green Dot. To Pat Ireland and Recoil Sisssy - Are you telling me that those scores would have been 100s if I had used Red Dot?? What evidence do you have that will back up the "less than optimal" statements?
I.E. ........anything you load to Alliant's recipies for GREEN DOT will work just FINE. But I prefer 1 1/8th recipies around 1200 FPS(it's cold here in OHIO and recoil means nothing). IF you do your part GREEN DOT WILL DO it's part.
Gary Waalkes - Slower burning powders will produce inconsistent pressures and velocities when used in light 1 oz loads. When I reload, I want my shells to be the best I can possibly produce. I use premium components and I use a powder designed for the load I am making. Green Dot is designed to burn most consistently behind heavier loads. I believe it it the best powder for handicap loads and I use a lot of it. For my lighter singles and doubles loads, I change to American Select although Red Dot, Clay Dot or e3 would also work well. The manufacturers of these powders agree with me.
It is not possible to judge the quality of shells by directly comparing a few scores shot with the shells. I, as almost all other reloaders, have broken targets with very poor shells. I have also missed targets with very good shells.
In the product section of the Alliant site you will find the following comments for Green Dot
Principal Purpose: Handicap trap loads
Secondary Uses: 20 and 28 ga. target loads
and these for Red Dot:
Principal Purpose: Light and standard 12 & 16 ga. target loads
Secondary Uses: Handgun loads
Alliant (and other powder companies) offer a boat load of different powders because each is formulated to achieve best results in specific applications. Most also provide acceptable results in other applications which Alliant labels as ‘secondary’.
The slower burn rate of Green Dot makes it ideal for heavier applications like handicap target loads. It is also terrific in smaller gauges where the mission includes moving a relatively heavy payload from a relatively small chamber area.
Simply said, Green Dot isn’t a horrible use for one ounce loads but it is less than optimal. Faster burning powders (Red Dot, Clays, 700X, etc.) are all better formulations for one ouncers.
Ps: Congrats on all those 99’s. That’s pretty good shooting!