I just purchased the last 10 bags available from my local gun club for $35 a bag. ( Chilled hard shot ) I was prompted to do this since the owner said the next shipment will see the price rise by $5 per bag.
I have been loading 1 oz 12 ga. for quite some time. Actually have dropped down to a 3/4 oz. load in 20 gauge for the skeet range. I may start shooting the .410 more than I use to.
I realize that's not an option for devoted trap shooters - especially for those trying to stay competitive from the 27 yard line.
I haven't "done the math" but I'm no longer sure it pays to reload the 12 gauge. I know past threads have beaten that topic to death. I can certainly state it still makes sense to load the 28 ga. and .410 bore as long as I have the empty hulls.
The 12 gauge - I'm not so sure if you can still look for deals on factory loads and take advantage of bulk purchases ?
I've switched to 7/8 for practice and have not noticed any real difference in my scores. With the Cb 1100 or the Green Duster wads I get good looking and performing loads with either 1oz or 7/8 in Rem or AA hulls.
I have been using 1 oz loads for paractice for several years and like them very much. I do usae 11/8 oz loads for competition. I have run my reloading cost calculator and find that even with $40 a bag shot, I can load 1 1/8 oz loads for $4.51 per box. Sinc the cheapest I have seen in my area is $55 per flat, which still makes relaoding cheaper.
Well lets just take a minute and look at this a while if you are on the target with 1 1/8 oz shot charge why would you be off with a 1 oz shot charge with the same choke the size of the circle of pellets should be the same but the string should be shorter, if my mind is correct on here one of the other guys that tests all the time proved that so I believe and I proved I can break annie targets and buddy targets way out as there falling to the ground and near the ground.
So focus on the target and the shot will go to the target.Learn where you're gun is shooting and the target will break.
It is nice to break targets with a 1oz 1290 HC load while every one is getting pounded by recoil it is so nice.
When asked why he shoots 1-1/8 ounce loads,Leo replyed, because they won't let me shoot 1-1/4 loads. Very few top shooters use less than 1-1/8 ounce loads. Is 7/8 going to win a major title, highly unlikely. The first couple you dust, will give you brain issues. My experience. Clyde
I've been shooting l oz. loads for several years now. I'll never go back. Even if lead goes back down to 16 dollars a bag. Like that will ever happen. Like they say you don't miss targets by inches, you miss them by feet. So a few pellets mean nothing. Tighten up your choke if you "think" you need to. Better yet!!! Just don't "think about it". Break-em all. Jeff
Go try HC Nitro 1290 remintons and shoot a annie target and watch how fast the target is detroyed you will see what I mean it will make you wonder what 60 pellets are worth. its not the shell the gun or the choke it is focus and confidence, think about it one of the things is don't think about the miss you will miss with 1 1/8 oz or 2 oz it don't matter so just shoot the target .
I've been using 1 oz. loads for 3 years. I use them for 16 yd. ,sporting clays and any practice I might shoot. In handicap I load 1 -1/16 oz. loads. The only 1-1/8 oz. shells I use is if I buy new and that's not too often.
I did,being new and figured I wouldn't be shooting from that far back yet.Plus a few older gentlemen told me 1oz patterns better than 1 1/8.How they know that I haven't a clue.Broke my first 25 straight last august with it.Tempted to try 7/8 oz.,,but I think I'd have to give up my green dot then,it's only got 1 listing for 7/8 oz loads.I've been told from some regulars here I should change even at 1oz.,but,I got 2kegs(8lb) of green dot to use up first.
Nothing wrong with a 1oz load. If it makes you feel better to use 1 1/8th oz in the shoots, go ahead. But, at 16 yds, if you aren't hitting them with 1 oz you'll probably not hit them with 1 1/8th oz either. I've found 1 oz to work well out to 25 yds. And this is using reclaimed shot. Beyond 25 I use virgin 7 1/2 oz in 1 or 1 1/8th oz. I also use the virgin shot for the second shot in doubles. Again, 1 oz in most cases. If you've ever shot with people that are good with a 410 shotgun you'll start to understand that while heavier loads CAN make a difference for a poor shooter, it means NOTHING to a good one. Get good with a 410, and you'll be top notch with a 12 gauge. Jim