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 Post subject: proper lead shot for reloading 12 gauge 1 ounce skeet loads
PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 11:32 am 
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I am new to reloading and trap/skeet shooting. I am confused on what shot to use, soft...hard...or extra hard. Can someone clarify this point for me?
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 Post subject: Re: proper lead shot for reloading 12 gauge 1 ounce skeet lo
PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 11:43 am 
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For skeet I use any #8-1/2 or 9 shot. Hardness doesn't make any difference at skeet due to the short nature of the shots.


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 Post subject: Re: proper lead shot for reloading 12 gauge 1 ounce skeet lo
PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 2:01 pm 
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Much obliged for the information. Someone told me to use #8 shot and a 1 ounce powder charge but they did not go into any detail about the hardness factor. Thanks again for your input it clarified everything up nicely.
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 Post subject: Re: proper lead shot for reloading 12 gauge 1 ounce skeet lo
PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 2:11 pm 
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I think you mean 1 oz of number 8 shot. 1 oz of powder would be a bit much.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 2:16 pm 
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In skeet shooting the shot hardness isn't a factor until you get to the "little" gauges, 28 and 410. With the 410 you NEED the hardest shot you can find...


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 3:20 pm 
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ras1500 wrote:
I think you mean 1 oz of number 8 shot. 1 oz of powder would be a bit much.

Ha yeah would an ounce of powder fit in the shell?


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 Post subject: Re: proper lead shot for reloading 12 gauge 1 ounce skeet lo
PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 3:34 pm 
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Berudd wrote:
ras1500 wrote:
I think you mean 1 oz of number 8 shot. 1 oz of powder would be a bit much.

Ha yeah would an ounce of powder fit in the shell?

Let's see, 437.5 grains of powder. I guess that would be a rather large bushing and a rather long shell..... Wonder what wad to use.... :roll:

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At skeet distances chilled shot gives me patterns that are more evenly distributed than magnum shot. The hard stuff is fine, but more core favored. My 28's love it.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 10:21 pm 
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I think you will find that #8 shot also works quite well for skeet. Fewer of them, but read somewhere that it only takes 2 #8s to break a clay pigeon, but 3 #9s. Don't want to start a peeing contest on that last statement, just mainly pointing out that #8s have worked well for me whenever I have run out of 9s.


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 Post subject: Re: proper lead shot for reloading 12 gauge 1 ounce skeet lo
PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 10:27 am 
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Shoot what you can find from 7-1/2 and smaller. The standard Skeet shot is #9s regardless of the gauge. I've run more than one field straight with 1 oz 7-1/2 loads. I almost never shoot 12 ga for skeet any more but when I do it's whatever I have, but mostly #8s. Same with 20 ga. 28 ga I "think" 8-1/2s give me the best performance and I try to always load #9s for the .410. More pellets in the load and they don't bridge in my drop tube.

I've found it's difficult to find target size chill shot any more, but if you do and it's all you can get or it's cheaper, and sometimes it is a buck a bag or so cheaper, just buy it and load it up.

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Duplex loads! Lol. Used reclaimed for skeet, it's the mutt of lead shot, usually sized 6 to 9. Kills skeet good and easy on the wallet.

Registered skeet, 8 or 9 works!


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 7:04 pm 
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+2 on the "REclaimed Lead" easy on the wallet & shoots just fine. Tom


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 6:26 am 
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Doorknob wrote:
In skeet shooting the shot hardness isn't a factor until you get to the "little" gauges, 28 and 410. With the 410 you NEED the hardest shot you can find...



+1.

The hard shot will deform LESS during the extreme process of being pushed down the barrel...

Hard shot (higher antimony in the lead) will provide truer patterns than the soft shot.

That said... I usually buy the "best deal" per bag (25 lb.) I don't have re-claimed shot as an option, but would consider it because my shooting is just weekend clays and an occassional fun weekend tournament.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 6:53 am 
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In addition to skeet, you mentioned trap in your original post. As you've already been told, in a 1 oz load for skeet, anything from 7 1/2 to 9, hard or soft, is fine. If you want to keep things simple and always have the right shells with you for trap or skeet, use 1 oz of hard (magnum) #8 shot at about 1175-1200 fps and don't worry about it.

Later, if you want to try reclaim or lighter loads, to save money, for skeet, or 7 1/2 magnum for handicap trap or long sporting clays, have at it. Personally, I never load more than 7/8 oz in any gauge for skeet. My usual skeet practice load is 3/4 oz of reclaim in either 12, 20, or 28 gauge.

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 Post subject: Re: proper lead shot for reloading 12 gauge 1 ounce skeet lo
PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 8:14 am 
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For skeet, you can use any grade of shot. In fact, Don Zutz stated that for skeet, chilled shot probably offered a slight advantage, as at the short ranges of skeet, the "fliers" (deformed pellets) would still be within the pattern and fill out the fringe areas. I've found this to be true in my experience at the range, and at the patterning board.



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