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I just picked up a bunch of dropped once-fireds this weekend. 20ga in STS and AA. We'll see what the better hull is, but I think I know by now....

Anyhow. Try an STS hull with:
3/4oz your pref shot size
Winchester AA20 wad (easy to find).
Win 209 primer.
12gr Hodgdon International.

I think this load might end up being dirty... it should be better than cheap 12ga stuff but perhaps not as good as a particularly hot 12ga load with Clays.
 

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Might I suggest a good reason not to reduce loads?

Consistancy. When you start going below recommended charges, you can run into problems maintaining velocity shot after shot, and the differences can be large even in a shotgun, to the point of one load being just under published data and the next being subsonic.

Obviously this isn't good for your shooting average.

If you're that worried about recoil, buy a 12ga gun and tube it down to 20 or 28 and just shoot that. Don't try to make it up with underloaded hulls.
 
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