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 Post subject: Powder for 28 GA reloading
PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 10:26 pm 
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Many on this board were very helpful to me while I was trying to figure out the best powder for the .410. Now I am back and need some help with the 28 GA. I have a pound of Longshot I am going to try using published data but I would appreciate any feedback that could be provided as to the best powder for the 28 GA. I will use published data so I am not looking for specific loads, just a powder recommendation. Since I have them, I plan to use AA HS hulls almost exclusively. Thanks for everyones help.


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 Post subject: Re: Powder for 28 GA reloading
PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 10:31 pm 
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Longshot seems to have lots of loads for 1235 fps.

Universal has some slower loads listed for 28 gauge.. 1200fps and lower.

I'm using Longshot.

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 Post subject: Re: Powder for 28 GA reloading
PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 10:33 pm 
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Universal is hard to beat but Longshot is lower pressure. Alliant's Unique is cheaper and their new ProReach is cheaper than Longshot. I've tried 20/28 but pressure is high.

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 Post subject: Re: Powder for 28 GA reloading
PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 11:33 pm 
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Found my best skeet loads with universal clays at around 1240fps.

HS hulls
CB HS wads
win 209 primers
3/4 oz shot

As for longshot, just way to loud for me liking.


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 Post subject: Re: Powder for 28 GA reloading
PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 11:41 pm 
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I've been shooting Unique in the 28 for about 30 years. I know there are newer powders gaining a following, but if it ain't broke, no need to fix it.

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 Post subject: Re: Powder for 28 GA reloading
PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 11:55 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Powder for 28 GA reloading
PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 12:31 am 
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I use Universal, Longshot, Lil'gun, H-110 and AA#9 in various 28ga loads

For normal target use it is Longshot or Universal

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 Post subject: Re: Powder for 28 GA reloading
PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 7:28 am 
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I have found that 20/28 has the best flexibility for the AA HS hull, because it's more dense than Universal, it just "fits" in the hull better. I shoot Sporting Clays almost exclusively and like a faster load, and with 20/28 I can do that. I've used it with both the Red Duster and PC Blue with very good results. Some say it's cleaner burning than Universal, but I would say Universal has a slight edge in this category.


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 Post subject: Re: Powder for 28 GA reloading
PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 7:29 am 
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In AAHS my powder choice depends on hull height. For the older "shorties" I prefer 20/28 or Longshot, mainly because they're about the only things that'll fit with full payload.

For the new long AAHS Herco is absolutely superb.


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 Post subject: Re: Powder for 28 GA reloading
PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 9:17 am 
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For 28 ga. target and field loads, my choices would be this:

First choice= Alliant 20/28
Second choice=Hodgdons Universal
Third choice=Alliant Unique

There are other powders that WILL work, but these are the only ones I would consider for general use.

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 Post subject: Re: Powder for 28 GA reloading
PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 9:28 am 
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I'm partial to Unique, only because it can be used for everything other than the 410, so I don't have to stock a bunch of different powders.

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 Post subject: Re: Powder for 28 GA reloading
PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 10:20 am 
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NV Guide wrote:
I use Universal, Longshot, Lil'gun, H-110 and AA#9 in various 28ga loads

For normal target use it is Longshot or Universal



please post your load for the h-110 in 28 gauge.. I have 9 pounds of it and everyone I talk to says not to use it..

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 Post subject: Re: Powder for 28 GA reloading
PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 11:02 am 
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blkcloud1 wrote:
NV Guide wrote:
I use Universal, Longshot, Lil'gun, H-110 and AA#9 in various 28ga loads

For normal target use it is Longshot or Universal



please post your load for the h-110 in 28 gauge.. I have 9 pounds of it and everyone I talk to says not to use it..


Just pay attention to what they are telling you. H110 is far too slow burning for usefullness in the 28 ga. Trade it off to someone who uses it in it's proper nitche, but the 28 ga. simply isn't the place for it. It's a superb Magnum Pistol Powder, and arguably, it and W-296 are the very best choices for the 410 that exist. However, for the 28 ga., it would be about as poor a choice as you could possibly imagine.

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 Post subject: Re: Powder for 28 GA reloading
PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 11:08 am 
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P/B from the 10GA to the 28GA.


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 Post subject: Re: Powder for 28 GA reloading
PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 11:09 am 
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D L Marcum wrote:
For 28 ga. target and field loads, my choices would be this:

First choice= Alliant 20/28
Second choice=Hodgdons Universal
Third choice=Alliant Unique

There are other powders that WILL work, but these are the only ones I would consider for general use.

DLM


That probably works. I have not used 20/28 but generally hear good comments about it. I like that it is made in USA. When I run out of Universal I'll consider 20/28, but why change? Universal works great. It will take a serious price advantage to get me to mess with a change. But if I was starting out as a new reloader to 20 or 28 gauges there is a very good chance 20/28 would be my choice.

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 Post subject: Re: Powder for 28 GA reloading
PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 1:04 pm 
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I stick with Unique because not only is it a superb 28-gauge powder, it also works well in the 20, 16, and 12 gauges. I also use it most of my handgun loads. I don't see as wide a range of available data with the alternatives.

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 Post subject: Re: Powder for 28 GA reloading
PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 4:28 pm 
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Right now, I am using Longshot with very good results. But when my supply gets down, I am going to try 20/28 in my 20 and 28 gauge shells. Lots of good comments here and in the past on the powder, and I will be using less of it to achieve the same result, so it is economical.

If the patterns are as good as I get from Longshot, I will be a convert.

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 Post subject: Re: Powder for 28 GA reloading
PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 6:10 pm 
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D L Marcum wrote:
blkcloud1 wrote:
NV Guide wrote:
I use Universal, Longshot, Lil'gun, H-110 and AA#9 in various 28ga loads

For normal target use it is Longshot or Universal



please post your load for the h-110 in 28 gauge.. I have 9 pounds of it and everyone I talk to says not to use it..


Just pay attention to what they are telling you. H110 is far too slow burning for usefullness in the 28 ga. Trade it off to someone who uses it in it's proper nitche, but the 28 ga. simply isn't the place for it. It's a superb Magnum Pistol Powder, and arguably, it and W-296 are the very best choices for the 410 that exist. However, for the 28 ga., it would be about as poor a choice as you could possibly imagine.

DLM



I use H-110 for a specialized nontox hunting load. I do not use it for target loads as it will not burn well behind 3/4oz loads. I believe that BPI has one load for a 7/8 or 1oz.

Use Longshot, Universal, or 20/28 for traditional target loads. I use Lil'gun for heavy lead hunting loads.

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 Post subject: Re: Powder for 28 GA reloading
PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 7:58 pm 
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I agree with S2R. 20/28 in the short hulls, Herco for everything else.


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 Post subject: Re: Powder for 28 GA reloading
PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 8:19 pm 
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I started off with longshot but changed over to 20/28. I 'm using AAHS hulls, WIN primers 3/4 #8 shot and CB wads. I feel the 20/28 gives better results and burns much cleaner than Longshot. JMO

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