Hull life?


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Larry Ashcraft
July 9, 2005, 05:18 PM
I thought I would post this here instead or reloading since it is shotgun specific. Please move it if I was wrong.

How many reloadings can I expect out of 28 ga Rem. STS hulls? I know they are supposed to be the "best" at the present time, but I don't recall anybody saying how long they actually last.

When I first started loading shotgun, my mentor told me to think of hull life differently than case life. "They don't last as long as your .44 magnums" But I don't remember how long he said they would last.

I could have emailed sm or kudu to ask, but I thought this might be of general interest. ;)

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enfield
July 9, 2005, 06:23 PM
I don't have any experience with the STS hulls, but I routinely get 5+ loadings with my AA's.

BillL223
July 9, 2005, 07:36 PM
STS are good hulls although I mainly reload Win AA, per previous post, you will get at least 5 reloads, probably more. My rule is to inspect the case at the perimeter of the crimp crease, once I see a small crack, I LOAD IT ONCE MORE.

kudu
July 9, 2005, 08:52 PM
Larry,

I routinely get 6-10 loads out of an STS, maybe a couple more, but I load them until a couple of the petals fall off or until the side may split. :eek: Sometimes have to hold the shot in with wax, but that would be the last loading. :D Occasionally you may get a bad shell that splits on the first or second loading, tough luck, but it happens.

DillHarris
July 9, 2005, 09:52 PM
I could have emailed sm or kudu to ask, but I thought this might be of general interest.

You bet it is, thanks for asking.

AnthonyRSS
July 10, 2005, 03:51 PM
I've seen guys at the range tape their crimps shut :scrutiny: Whatever works.

Brian Dale
July 13, 2005, 11:27 AM
...I thought this might be of general interest. I'll second DillHarris's post: thanks. :)

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