Quantcast
  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

20 gauge loads - lightest effective for clays?

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by pangris, May 16, 2005.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. pangris

    pangris Member

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2003
    Messages:
    239
    Location:
    Baton Rouge, LA
    That about says it all - I'm looking for light 20 ga target loads for my wife's shiny new 391...

    A source would be great as well - either a major chain or internet supply...

    Thanks!

    Paul
     
  2. nico

    nico Member

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2003
    Messages:
    2,212
    Location:
    Baltimore/Laurel, MD
    The last few times I've taken my girlfriend trap shooting, I've rented a 391 for her and bought 7/8oz loads of #9 shot. I'm not sure how much lower than that you could go, but I don't think I'd want to go any lower than that. My girlfriend is 5'6", 120lbs and has no problem with the 7/8oz loads.
     
  3. TrapperReady

    TrapperReady Member

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2003
    Messages:
    2,732
    When my wife (5'3" 110#) was shooting a 20ga, she went through a lot of Winchester AA target loads (2 3/4", 2 1/2 DE, 7/8oz, #8 shot). Winchester catalogs these as "AA208".

    They never gave her a problem, even though she was shooting them out of a pretty lightweight Benelli M1 (not exactly known for reduced recoil).

    As an all-around clay target buster, I tend to like #7.5 or #8 shot over the smaller stuff. #8.5 works well, but can fail on longer shots and some rabbits (I've got a rabbit on my dresser right now that has a single hole directly in the center and 4 tiny non-penetrating chips around the edge -- I didn't get credit for it, since none were identifiable as it rolled). :cuss:

    If you think you might reload at some point, I'd spend the extra bit and use Remington STS shells. The hulls make for good reloading and the factory stuf performs well. Also, it may be a purely subjective thing, but I truly believe that comparable Winchester loads tend to have more felt recoil. I don't know why, but I can almost always tell when I've just touched off a Winchester shell.
     
  4. pangris

    pangris Member

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2003
    Messages:
    239
    Location:
    Baton Rouge, LA
  5. kudu
    • Contributing Member

    kudu Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2003
    Messages:
    2,736
    Location:
    north central indiana
    The Rem Gun Club shells are one of the best out there IMO. They have almost all the characteristics of the Premium STS's in an economy shell that is still reloadable to a certain extent. If that is the price with shipping, it's a good price.

    Many times you can find them much cheaper than that in the add. We sell them at our club for under $5 a box and we're making a little money on that sale. Check local clubs, and bigger sporting goods stores like Gander Mountains if you have them around. Estate makes a very good throw away shell as well, usually less than $4 a box.
     
  6. TrapperReady

    TrapperReady Member

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2003
    Messages:
    2,732
    I'll second Kudu on the price... OK if shipping is included. Otherwise, you should be able to do better.

    I'm still working through the last thousand or so of AA shells I got a couple years ago. A local sporting goods company was changing locations and they wanted to move as little stock as possible. I happened by when they were running a sale for 20ga AA target loads for about $3.50/box. I bought every case they had... picking my youngest son out of his stroller, putting him on my shoulders and loading the stroller with ammo until the axles bowed.
     
  7. sm

    sm member

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2002
    Messages:
    28,389
    Location:
    Between black coffee, and shiftn' gears
    You might just be gun nut if...

    :D
     
  8. pangris

    pangris Member

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2003
    Messages:
    239
    Location:
    Baton Rouge, LA
    beautiful story...
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page