Originally Posted by redyak3
Thanks for the reply Hank,
I was wondering if I should get a resizer. I'll be going with the STS hulls, Rem 209P primer, Rem figure 8 wad and 17 gns Alliant e3 powder, from the Lyman Shotshell Handbook. I was given a 25lb bag of 7-1/2 West Coast Premium Magnum shot. I've gotta ask around to see the best way other reloaders get their shot.
I've heard good things about MEC, looks like fun !
From the Alliant website going with 16.5 gr of e3 will get you 1145 fps with a reasonable 9930 psi. The 3 dram load 17.5 gr at 1200 fps is a bit on the high side of 10775 psi. I'd go with something else if you want to run a 3 dram load.
FWIW: My current loads are Win AA hull, Cheddite primer, Claybuster clone of Rem Fig-8 wad, and 1.125 oz shot. 18.5 gr International Clays for 1145 fps at 9200 psi. 19.7 gr International Clays for 1200 fps at a bit stiff 10500 psi.
Shortly I'll be loading 1 oz loads for trap singles and skeet. Will use regular Clays for that. Backing off the 3 dram loads for handicap and sporting clays. The extra speed isn't needed and the extra hammering the shooter gets shows up as fatigue around the 3rd and 4th box. Additionally if I miss, having 3 oz of shot wouldn't break the bird. So back off to 1 oz, save a bit on reloading, get a somewhat better pattern, and don't get beat up as much.
Originally Posted by ORD
-snip- It was my experience that the STS hulls were stronger and good for more reloads than the AA hulls.
Yup. STS hulls are the top shelf hulls for reloading. The red AA hulls have a habit of getting small splits at the crimp. Even once fired hulls can have a small hole at crimp. Kinda sux to shoot a box of factory AA and toss a third of them for splits. I probably toss hulls before most people but since all I have to do get more hulls is walk the line with a bucket and shortly the bucket is full. If a AA hull can make it past the 2nd fire they will tend to make it for quite a while. Eventually the fold at the crimp (the star part that rides next to the shot) will start to tear. By then the hull is so gross that you are embarrased to use it.
Anyhow. Good luck. Once you start to reload shotshells, another world of possibilities opens up for tailoring your loads to what clay frisbee you want to shoot.