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I just bought a rem 1187.What are some good light loads that will still cycle good?I have looked up some on the alliant load sheet.I was thinking around 1150 to 1200 fps.thanks. All my loading before was for a 12 o/u,but I'm getting arthritus in my right shoulder and had to move down.It will be mainly for sheet and trap. also, what is the best powder for the 20 ga?Will red dot work ok,seeing as I have 2 lbs left. thanks again. sj
 
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Just looking at the 2000 edition of the Alliant data sheet the only Red Dot loads I find are with Federal hulls both paper and plastic with light 3/4 oz loads and one 7/8 oz load in paper at 1155 fps. I have no idea whether they will cycle an 11-87, I shoot a Model 12 and a Franchi Veloce O/U in 20 ga so it isn't a concern to me. Since you do have some Red Dot, I'd scrounge up some Federal 20 ga hulls or the Federal made Estate hulls and give them a try, what do you have to loose?? They show needing 28 ga card wads to shim the inside of the wad for the 3/4 oz shot charge, but that couldn't be too hard to fabricate from some cardboard or something just to try it. If it works you could get a gasket punch or make one yourself from a piece of pipe and punch your own out of a tablet back or something similar. Unique would be the powder of choice for 20 ga. especially for the lighter loads. Me. I use Solo 1250. I got a deal on 2 8# jugs a couple years back and use it esclusivly in both 20 and 28 ga loads. Works for me!

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For a 20 ga, your best bet is to sell the Red Dot to somebody who's loading for a 12. Green Dot would be a MUCH better choice, with a wide range of available loads. Or, for a Hodgdon powder, either International Clays or Universal Clays.

Red Dot is too fast a powder for a 20 gauge - hence the very limited hull/wad choice. Any other combination will generate too high a pressure.
 
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