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Shotshell Reloading

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by jonn5335, Jul 14, 2011.

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  1. jonn5335

    jonn5335 Member

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    I have 500 or so spent shotshells of about 6 different headstamps but they are all 2 3/4 in. plastic low based brass so now my question is can I use one recipe on all of them ? if so what would be a good cheap load I only plan on shooting clays with my buddies 7 1/2 shot 1 1/8 oz.
     
  2. 243winxb

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    No, one load will not fit all. If there is no loading data for the casing, don't load it. See Hodgdon's website for loading data for shotguns.
     
  3. empty hull

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    Your remington hulls are the best in low brass, way better that Winchester AA. Always check your reloading manual or powder man site but I usually load the same between these two hulls....for skeet. Check your wads though, I think the win Waa12 will go between the Win and Rem hulls. best site is the alliant site. I use Fio 616 primers and Promo powder which uses the same weights as the red Dot powder. Tim
     
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    First - low brass = high brass have ZERO meaning in the scheme of things

    Shotgun shell reloading is NOT metallic, so, no you cannot just interchange any and all hulls - hulls are different inside - some are tapered, some are not.

    Any recipe for Remington hulls can be used with any Remington hull.

    Primers are NOT interchangeable

    Wads are NOT interchangeable

    Powders are NOT interchangeable

    The two major powder makers, Alliant and Hodgdon, have web sites with recipes

    Certain clone wads can be substituted for name brand wads
     
  5. ridgerunner1965

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    i like to load each diff brand hull separately with a published load.even if they can be loaded with the same load it seems you will have to adjust your loader for diff shells.its just easier to stick with one brand hull and go from there.be sure and weigh a few charges from your loader, shotgun powder is fast burning and nuttin to mess with if you do not know what your charge bar is throwing.
     
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    John -
    Like the guys said, if you can't find a published load for it, then you can't reload it. The only published loads are usually for Federal, Remington (all) and Winchester (AA only). Sometimes you can use the same powder and wad in Remington and Winchester, but the powder and primer will differ.

    You must use Rem primers in Rem hulls, and Win primers in Win hulls, just like the load calls for. Rem hulls are generally considered longer lasting, but Rem primers are expensive and hard to find right now.

    There's a whole slew of cheap import shotshells available now that are just trash can fodder. These are usually 6-fold. Pretty trash.
     
  7. JimKirk

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    Do yourself a favor ... pick one hull... stick to "it"... make shotshell reloading much easier!

    Change the wad and shot size to match the recipe...

    Remington hulls are the "better" ones right now .... used to be the Win AA .... I like the Rem STS hulls....

    JImmy K
     
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    Used to be true ...nowdays they are the same sized ... but different ones have different power levels ...but you have to follow the recipe. Some of the imported primers are slightly larger in size than the US primers ... if you use the Imports ...the US will be a very loose fit ....
    Look in the link below ...several brands of primers used in the same hull ...but with different receipes...

    http://data.hodgdon.com/shotshell_load.asp

    Jimmy K
     
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    Incorrect - the recipe will dictate what primer to use. Some primers are considered close enough to each other that using one for the other presents no issue - NobelSport for Winchester 209 is one
     
  10. Naterater

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    IMHO, I like to separate them anyway because not only do some call for different recipes, but if you have a lot of them, you may have to set your crimp differently for each headstamp. The plastic will slightly differ in thickness or length (just enough to cause your crimp to look off). This is in my experience, but maybe they will all work fine.

    Good luck when you do reload them!
     
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    It's surely possible. The primary thing to pay attention to is the wad being used. If you can find a wad that is listed for all those headstamps, your pretty much good to go. For clays it shouldn't that difficult to find a one recipe fits all application.
     
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    Incorrect - in fact, a very dangerous and uninformed statement that could cause harm to anyone following it.

    Different hulls require different wads. Different recipes call for different components. Some components are OK to sub - most are not

    Stop spreading BS that could cause harm
     
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    I may be wrong, but if could you find a load for all hulls that required all of the same components, you could use the same recipe. One type of hull may be at maximum load while another might not yield as much velocity because it wasn't loaded to max as the first one was.

    Basically load for the weakest hull. But MAKE SURE you check and double check your manual to see if your recipe will work for ALL hulls.
     
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    Since ALL hulls are NOT made the same, you cannot get one recipe for ALL hulls

    FOLLOW THE RECIPES

    There are tapered hulls and straight-walled hulls and they are NOT interchangeable
     
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    FOLLOW THE RECIPES, its that simple
     
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    No, you cannot.
     
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