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 Post subject: Re: New to shotgun reloading, looking to load 28 gauge
PostPosted: Thu Jan 02, 2020 1:42 pm 
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Something that wasn’t mentioned. Loading 28 gauge will save 50-70% over the price of new shells. Twenty eight gauge and 410 is the sweet pot for savings that you don’t get with 20ga or 12ga. With careful shopping you should be able to load 28ga for about $3.50-$4.00 @ box. You’ll recover the cost of your loading press pretty quick. That MAY encourage you to took at a different progressive press than what MEC has to offer. (Nothing wrong with MEC, IMHO there are better choices out there). Although, loading 28ga can be more challenging than loading 12/20ga.. Good luck!!!



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 Post subject: Re: New to shotgun reloading, looking to load 28 gauge
PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2020 3:40 pm 
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From the responses thus far you will see that 20/28 powder in a Win AAHS hull, Claybuster wad, Win 209 primer, and 3/4 oz of shot is a very popular (and effective) choice for the 28 ga. Many like Longshot powder - I have used it, and it is fine at this application. Universal is a bulkier powder than either of these. When I've used Universal in the 28 ga AAHS hull I found better hull fit with the Rem wad - which is much more expensive than the CB wad.

I have not loaded the Field and Clay 28 ga hulls, but if they're anything like the STS hulls I would be tempted to throw them away. The 28 ga STS hull has much less capacity than the AAHS hull, and very poor hull life.


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 Post subject: Re: New to shotgun reloading, looking to load 28 gauge
PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2020 4:41 pm 
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What MEC loader did you choose to reload the 28ga. hulls?

Just a warning: I bought a MEC 600 Jr. to reload hunting ammo for a new 28ga. SPI. Then, I decided to bring that gun to the skeet field "to get accustomed to it and break it in." Lots of rounds later, I wish I had bought a MEC progressive machine because the 28ga. is a whole lot of fun at the skeet field and it goes there often. :)

Have fun. I bet you'll find shotgun reloading to be a lot more relaxing and less demanding that metallic cartridge reloading.

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 Post subject: Re: New to shotgun reloading, looking to load 28 gauge
PostPosted: Wed Jan 29, 2020 1:27 pm 
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For heavy hunting loads lil gun and nickel shot go together like pb&j. I have had great results using this on woodcock grouse hubs and pheasant. You can find a load to suit your needs from 1200 to 1500 with the 7/8 ounce. I tried the ounce load and was not completely happy with it. Started then working on a 7/8 ounce load and have been running it for the last three years. I run fiocchi hulls and primers and hv28 wads lil gun powder. The archived loads in bpi’s website will give you specifics.


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