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I'm trying to keep things simple by not investing in a lot of reloading components but it isn't working out that way. I have a fair amount of old style Winchester AAs and have only stocked Winchester 209 primers but sometimes the availability of powder dictates something different. For example, I would like to try a 7/8 oz. load with Clay Dot but I can't find a published load using AAs. There are recipes for Remington STS however. So, I'm thinking of stocking some Rems for this purpose. Do you guys typically reload a variety of hulls?
 

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yep - I even reload RIO/Kemmets with CB6100.

It is just easier to have loaded shells in stock instead of running up to the store to get shells, now I need to know how to get clays for cheap
 

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I used to reload pretty much any hull I could get for free. I also had to stock a wide variety of wads, and continually reset my reloading press. I spent a lot of time digging up data for the odd ones. I know it sounds childish, but I really liked reloading the Fiocchi clear hulls, and looking at the powder and wad s through the plastic. Sometimes when good load data was not available I just experimented, of course that uses a lot of time, and you may end up shooting a couple rounds with poor performing shells.

Growing tired of having 15 different 1/2 used bags of wads laying around, I switched to reloading only AA and Remington one piece hulls. By this time I had 30 gallon garbage cans full of hulls. When AA went to multi piece, finished off all the WAA wads and started just reloading Remingtons. That is all I stock components to reload.

When the cost of components went crazy, and I ran out of powder, I stopped reloading my daily use 12 gauge target shells. I buy whatever is on sale. When conditions change, I'll probably go back to the Remington hulls for reloading.
 

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Check out Hodgdon's Clays recipes with Win AA hulls. Clay Dot is suppose to mimic Clays, but the density is not the same so check your drops on a scale to find the right bushing.

I know that this is breaking one of the golden rules, but in these hard times, use common sense and don't load a recipe that is over 10,000 psi. If you plan to shoot in cold weather I would not load the bottom recipe.

The other option is have some shells tested using the Rem recipes with your Win components or Hodgdon's Clays recipes.

Jason
 

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Not advocating anything but most any powder under 19 grains with a milder primer will probably be fine. It takes quite a bit to harm a quality gun.
 

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You'd be hard pressed to generate 100000 or more pressure loading 7/8 oz no matter what combination of components you use....I've shot with fools who BLEND HERCO and RED DOT powder and load it to the max for back fence Annie Oakleys and while I personally wouldn't stand next to them I've never seen them blow a gun up...
 

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beeser,
I've simplified my reloading bench as much as possible. I only reload 7/8 oz of 7.5 shot at 1150 FPS. I use the AA hulls, Downrange wads, Winchester 209 primers and Red Dot. These shells work fine for my singles, doubles and wobble trap practice shooting. The Alliant on-line reloading guide works great. Here's the link Alliant Powder - Reloader's Guide

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+1 what TSS said... been doing that since 2000... I've also substituted Claydot for Clays over the past couple years. But have to use a different bushing for the "dot"

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If you put the STS load in a AA hull the Moon will leave orbit and crash into the Earth. HMB
Oh good Lord, don't let the dirt fools hear this!
 
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