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I'm thinking about getting some seminole chambermates to use in my 12ga 525 field. Not sure if I want the 20 ga or 28 ga set yet. Is there any problems using reloads in these. Seems like the 20's would be cheaper to load. But...I have this craving to try the 28 ga for some crazy reason. I'm sure somewhere down the road I'll get a 28ga shotgun...But not in the budget right now.

Any advise on this and the chambermates and reloads?

Thanks a million

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As long as you have a machine that resizes the brass, you'll have no problem. You might have a problem with ejecting some of the cheap factory ammo that uses soft brass. Remington Gun Clubs and Game Loads are cheap, use steel, and will work very well, and reload great.

Forgetting the cost of hulls for a moment, 28's will be a little cheaper to reload than 20's. If you decide to go with the 28's, your best bet is to bite the bullet, buy a few flats of new Winchester AA-HS 28's only, and reload the hulls to death.

If you decide to shoot 20's, reloading vs. factory ammo is almost a wash in terms of cost as long as you shop the sales and deals.
 

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You certainly could, but the AA's in 28 and .410 are MUCH more durable. Better hull life. If the hulls are free, go with whatever you get, but if you have to buy them, stick with Remington in 20 & 12, and Winchester for .410 and 28.
 

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lablover27 said:
Not sure if I want the 20 ga or 28 ga set yet.
The Chambermates work great all the way down to 12-28.

Don't waste money on the 12-20s. You can use those WAA12L wads we discussed or their Claybuster clones, the CB0178-12, and tame the 12 down to 7/8 or even 3/4 oz. shot loads so that it's virtually a 20-gauge gun.

You'll find some tips on adjusting the loader for that here:

http://www.shotgunworld.com/bbs/viewtopic.php?t=61947

Hopefully, you've already got a 12 gauge reloading press.

Get the 12-28 Chambermates, a 28-gauge MEC Sizemaster and a 5/8 oz. charge bar for it. MidwayUSA has the bars for about $9.

Use this recipe and don't change anything in it:

28ga. AA-HS hulls
5/8 oz. No. 8, 8-1/2 or 9 shot
13 gr. Unique (No. 20 MEC bushing)
W209 primer
CB5034-28HS wad (This is the key to a good crimp.)

Average velocity: 1216
High velocity: 1234
Low velocity: 1201
Extreme spread: 33
Standard deviation: 13

With a stock charge bar and powder bushing that recipe will crimp perfectly and provide you the lowest-cost 28 gauge shooting possible. It'll smash targets, too.

And you'll have the equivalent of three very different shotguns for just a few hundred dollars.
 

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Good call on the 28's case. I'm heading out now to buy the reloader. Also...Will the 28's reset my triggers on a browning 525. I think it has those inertia triggers

Thaks again for the help guys

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lablover27 said:
Also...Will the 28's reset my triggers on a browning 525. I think it has those inertia triggers
It probably does, and it should be no problem with 28 gauge shells.

It's usually the .410 that fails to reset some inertia triggers.

BTW: You can use the genuine WAA28HS wad in that load and it'll work same as the Claybuster.

But they cost a LOT more.
 
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