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28 loads

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by wolfe, Aug 22, 2011.

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  1. wolfe

    wolfe Member

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    I bought an old MEC single stage loader and then had to have a 28 shotgun to shoot. Bought a nice Remington 1100 in 28 guage. So started to research some recipies..

    I am using Hodgdon Lil' Gun powder. Hodgdon site says to use between 22and 27 grains of powder for 7/8 oz of shot. Now using the MEC bushing conversion chart I decided to go with the #18 which kicked out 20 grain +/-. (never been real worried about precise measurements with shotshells)

    The shells fired nice and were FAST but they were a little HOT.. So hot infact that the empty hulls kick close to 15 feet to my right. Kind of funny but I think a little too hot, so I dropped it down a bushing to #17 or 19 grains, still threw the hulls 15+ feet away..

    BTW using eiter CCI or Winchester primers and Remington STS hulls..

    So anyone got a recipie for 28 gauge and Lil' Gun powder for 7/8 oz load...

    Thanks
     
  2. gamestalker

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    I wouldn't evaluate how hot the load is by how far the brass ejects. Instead try looking at the hulls after firing to see if there are any excessive pressure signs, super flat primers, split crimp groves or hull walls, or difficult extractions that are causing the hull to not want to eject. And since your using an auto loading action, look at the hulls for tearing at the point where the ejector grabs the rim. It shouldn't be torn at all, but instead have only a mark left from the ejector grabbing hold of it.
    If you don't see these visable signs, or aren't having any of these issues, your loads are just fine.
    I've been loading with a Mec for many years and often times a reloaded shotshell will seem hotter than it really is, simply because it is performing better than the factory rounds do. Factory shot shells haven't been fired through your gun either, so once they have been resized and loaded they will often eject easier than the factory round did.
     
  3. wolfe

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    Well the shells are in good shape but I didn't inspect them too much. Still shot some other reloaded shells and didn't have the same result so the action is good but not that good...

    Thanks for the info.

    still would like a power measure and / or bushing used for lil' gun and 28 gauge..
     
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