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I have a friend and his son that are new shooters. He dosen't reload and has been shooting 3dram 1 1/8's, so what is the lightest recoiling 12ga factory load that he can buy to shoot trap and skeet? I only shoot reloads so I'm not up to date on factory loads.
 

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Just about the lightest load is Remington STS managed recoil 7/8 oz @ 1100 fps great for a lot of extended singles practice only--don't think it would be viable in competition---7/8--1 oz loads @1180 are good,soft & viable for singles & shortcaps to the 22 yd--thats just an educated guess based on experience.

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Recently shot some Winchester AA Xtra-Lites and was truly surprised about how well they shot! At first I thought they were "bloopers" as they sounded very soft, but I was breaking clays at the 25 yd line with no problem. Excellent beginners load and great for anyone not liking recoil.

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For what they will spend on the Remingtons and AA light loads, they would be better off buying a 600 Jr and components to load their own.
 

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Look for Winchester 'Feathers'

VERY light load - about 850 fps over a chronograph.
 

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Another vote for Winchester Feather Lite's.

Sound like bloopers. Crush targets from 16.

VERY light recoil.

Hodgdon has a recipe for them using Winchester AA Lite Powder:

Winchester AA hull

26 grams of lead shot (about 15/16 ounces)

12 grains of WAA Lite Powder

Win. 209 Primer

WAA12SL Wad

Yields 980 fps muzzle velocity and 5,600 PSI peak pressure

May not operate semi-auto guns.
 

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Those Winchester AA "featherlites" (low recoil, low noise) are the lightest recoiling factory 12ga loads that I'm aware of. Nominaly 26 grams (15/16oz) #8 @ 980fps. Almost NO recoil, they sound like bloopers, and they'll absolutly CRUSH the targets from the 16yd line. That said........;
I never had enuf' confidence in 'em to use them in competition?

2 3/4 dram 1 oz #8 @ 1180 fps "Xtra Lites" are a good reliable light recoiling load that have considerably less recoil than 3 dram 1 1/8 oz loads.

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Selecting the lightest recoiling load is not difficult. Simply multiply the velocity by the weight of the shot. The load with the lowest number (product) will have the lightest recoil.

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Winchester AA low noise low recoil are great. They can be tough to find. I used them for intro to shooting with the wife on the 870. Great for pumps and O/U guns. They would not cycle my auto, not a bad thing you just have to eject manually. They became tough to get in my area. I would have to order them. As stated above the price and need for lighter loads got me into reloading. I ended up with a 1oz load with clays @ 1130 fps for the wife. I started shooting these and love them! Maybe you should load up a few for him?? I have been playing with 7/8oz loads to conserve lead been very happy with those also. The AA Feather lights are off sounding, many will look your way.
 
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