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OK, here's a quick tour:

Open site: Hodgdon Landing | Hodgdon

Click Shotgun icon

Select the shell gauge and type from the Step 1 and 2 pull-down menus. Yeah, you gotta identify the "hull" you will be loading.

Select the Payload type - you probably want to use lead shot from Step 3

Select the shot weight from Step 4 (those are in ounces)

(Optional) If you want to narrow down the powder list you can pick a Manufacturer, but the lookup still works if you don't know that Titegroup is a Hodgdon brand. Step 5, or skip Step 5

Step 6- chose Titegroup as the powder.

Click Update Data button and you should see the Titegroup loads for the selections you have made.

For example, there's at least 75 loads published for 12 Gauge Remington STS shells, with 1 ounce of lead shot and Titegroup powder. To show all the 12 gauge loads would be hundreds of loads, maybe even thousands.

If you are loading some low volume or hunting shell, then there is a good chance you won't find it among the choices of the Shell Type list. That is what most commonly makes it hard to find a load for, say, a Win-eral Super Duper Magnum 3.5" hull you might find in a goose pit. Only the common hulls get the efforts needed to research and test loads for publishing. So, pick a commonly available hull early, and you won't have to scramble to find loading data that works for a non-common hull.

good luck, garrisonjoe
 

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Can someone clarify what lines to select for the recently available 2 3/4" store bought Win AA, Remington Gun Club, Federal Top Gun, and Fiocchi Shooting Dynamics hulls?
Current Win AA hulls - use the published name of "Winchester AA HS" name. Hodgdon makes the assumption that the older Win AA Compression Formed (CF) hulls are exactly the same internal capacity as the Winchester AA HS hulls, but in many loads, the two hulls don't quite load and crimp the same. But you probably don't have a lot of the Compression Formed hulls, as they were last made about 12 years ago or so. So let other folks load any CF hulls you find.

Current Remington target loads all are STS Premier hulls, so that's the name for them. That includes STS, Gold Nitro, Gun Club, American Clay and Field, and Shurshot green hulls. Remington field or waterfowl loads probably use a game hull that won't be listed by lots of data publications.

Fiocchi Shooting Dynamics are "straight wall European" hull design, so pick whatever PLASTIC European hull shows in the load data, such as Cheddite, Nobel, Fiocchi, B&P and you will get very close to a good load.

Federal Top Gun hulls are a slightly different design, but somewhat close to, the Federal Gold Medal hull. Do a search for Top Gun hull articles on here, and you will find a couple of wads that are working well to load those Top Guns, with flake type powder such as 700X, Red Dot, Clay Dot or Green Dot. Save those TGs for later when you get some experience with easier loading hulls.

Yes, understanding what hulls you can get good data for, and which ones you will hunt long and hard to find load data for, is the major stumbling block for lots of beginning shotshell loaders.

good luck, garrisonjoe
 

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For what type of loads? Lead shot is found in the hull with the most general hull name.

For Remington STS, for example, use the one that is not labeled (BISMUTH) . If you were WANTING to load Bismuth, then chose the STS hull with BISMUTH in it's name.

If you test selecting the general STS, you see the load type has these possible picks for step 3:
Lead Buckshot, Lead Shot, Lead Slugs, and Steel

But if you pick hull type STS with Bismuth, the possible picks of load type in step 3 are limited to just:
Bismuth Shot

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