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 Post subject: 20ga 2 3/4" steel waterfowl loads
PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2020 9:51 pm 
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I'm dying to find a good recipe for a 20ga 2 3/4" #4 steel waterfowl load. Can anyone point me in a somewhat general direction?




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 Post subject: Re: 20ga 2 3/4" steel waterfowl loads
PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2020 10:18 pm 
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Pipesfib.wordpress.com Dave has all you'll ever need in writing !


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 Post subject: Re: 20ga 2 3/4" steel waterfowl loads
PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2020 7:34 pm 
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Ravenanme wrote:
Pipesfib.wordpress.com Dave has all you'll ever need in writing !

Thanks for the url but apparently that site no longer exists. Gonna grab a shovel and do some digging in the interwebs.


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 Post subject: Re: 20ga 2 3/4" steel waterfowl loads
PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2020 10:36 pm 
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BPI and Precision Reloading, at minimum the 2 have 3 good manuals you should have.

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 Post subject: Re: 20ga 2 3/4" steel waterfowl loads
PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2020 11:23 pm 
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Federal 2 3/4" hull, 22 gr Alliant Steel powder, Fed 209A primer, Csd(B&P) wad, 3/4 oz steel shot. You will need 1/4" filler below the shot. I use cork. Has been doing the job for me on ducks for the last four or five seasons. I prefer #3 shot over #4. I load the same load with #5 or #6 steel for upland. This is a published load from Precision Reloading.


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 Post subject: Re: 20ga 2 3/4" steel waterfowl loads
PostPosted: Tue Feb 18, 2020 9:22 pm 
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Dave's site is still there, and it's good reading. Here's the correct URL.

https://pipesf16.wordpress.com/

I've used a 3/4oz load from BPI's Status of Steel for the past 3 years during the teal season with good success.


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 Post subject: Re: 20ga 2 3/4" steel waterfowl loads
PostPosted: Tue Feb 18, 2020 11:54 pm 
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All of the 20 gauge 2-3/4" steel shot loads are slow. Step up to some of the HW tungsten shot types and the short 20 starts to shine.


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 Post subject: Re: 20ga 2 3/4" steel waterfowl loads
PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2020 11:29 am 
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My 2 3/4" 3 /4 oz load chronograph at 1500 fps+. 7/8 oz loads are slow. If you need more shot than 3/4 oz you have to go to a 3" hull. 3 /4 oz of #3 choked properly does very well. Not suited for pass shooting though.


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 Post subject: Re: 20ga 2 3/4" steel waterfowl loads
PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2020 4:00 pm 
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Flyn'dutchman wrote:
My 2 3/4" 3 /4 oz load chronograph at 1500 fps+. 7/8 oz loads are slow. If you need more shot than 3/4 oz you have to go to a 3" hull. 3 /4 oz of #3 choked properly does very well. Not suited for pass shooting though.


What is your load?

The published Precision ASteel loads I've tried were slower than expected.
7/8 oz averaged 1,124 fps. If I dropped to 5/8 oz, I got it up to 1,414 fps.


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 Post subject: Re: 20ga 2 3/4" steel waterfowl loads
PostPosted: Mon Feb 24, 2020 7:44 pm 
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The load I posted in this thread. Make sure you have a good, solid crimp. That is why I use 1/4" cork as a filler. It looks like the hull is over filled, but compresses and gives a nice crimp. Steel does not work well with soft crimps.


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 Post subject: Re: 20ga 2 3/4" steel waterfowl loads
PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2020 7:37 pm 
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I use FlynDutchmans load for 2.75in 3/4 oz steel. He has posted the most field rests with 3/4 oz handloads that I've seen.

There is a nice 7/8 oz 2.75in 20ga steel load out, tested, by ohotnik over at DHC. I think I have posted about it on my blog and at dhc several times, and I know gc504 posted about it here also with his test results.from precision. Cg504 and flyndutchman both have a lot of 20ga steel experience. I've shot a bunch of 20ga steel, but mostly 1oz 3in loads. Or commercial 7/8oz loads with my kids.


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 Post subject: Re: 20ga 2 3/4" steel waterfowl loads
PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2020 8:31 pm 
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Dave in AZ wrote:
I use FlynDutchmans load for 2.75in 3/4 oz steel. He has posted the most field rests with 3/4 oz handloads that I've seen.

There is a nice 7/8 oz 2.75in 20ga steel load out, tested, by ohotnik over at DHC. I think I have posted about it on my blog and at dhc several times, and I know gc504 posted about it here also with his test results.from precision. Cg504 and flyndutchman both have a lot of 20ga steel experience. I've shot a bunch of 20ga steel, but mostly 1oz 3in loads. Or commercial 7/8oz loads with my kids.


But your writings are worth the effort of reading , informs the novice !
Thanks




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