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I want to load up some 20 *****, going to get some Remington STS hulls to load.... Want a light load for trap & quail...
What is the best Primers?____
What is the best Powder?____
What is the best Wad?____
Thanks in advance..
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Use the components that are locally available. That way it will be easy to keep them in stock. Primers from Federal, Winchester, or Remington are all good. I use Alliant Unique, Herco, and Hodgdon Universal Clays, in that order, based on price. For wads, I use the Duster and Claybuster clones of the Winchester AA wads for 7/8 oz, Remington SP20 for 1 oz loads. Find a load that you can produce with local components and enjoy.
 

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PRIMER: CCI 209
POWDER: Alliant Green Dot
WAD: WAA20
SHOT: 7 1/2 7/8 ounce
I found these to be a great combo for dove, quail, and clays
 

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Thanks,
I can get Green Dot at a local gun shop...
Has anyone tried the new Hevi-Shot in light loads??
Bob
 

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Recommended loads would depend on what you intend to use them for...

Skeet: 14.0 gr Hodgdon Int'l Clays, Win 209 primer, Win AA20 wad, 7/8 oz #8-1/2 shot

Heavy loads: 18.0 gr Hodgdon Longshot, win 209 primer, Win AA20F1 wad, 1 oz shot

These are just the ones I use... everybody has their own pet loads. Just follow the reloading manuals put out by the powder companies, and you'll be fine.
 

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I second WWB's recommended load for skeet. Works well and is a cost effective load. I personally find a one once load in a 20ga starts to get to hot and although not bad on the recoil does product more muzzle jump and I do not find myself hitting any more targets with a 1 oz load over a 7/8 oz load. As for heavy shot , unless your after waterfowl and have to shoot nontoxic shot, it's kind a pricey.

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Thanks guys,
Just repaid my yearly dues at the gun range ($50 a year)...
My daughter wants to out shoot me on some clays... we will see what happens.!!... May try to pick up some 12 ga & 20 ga Remington STS hulls while I am there... Ebay sells them for over 5 cents apiece....
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If you are shooting a tube gun look for another powder. I know
of more than one that has cracked a chamber shooting green dot. It's pressure is about like unique but it has a sledgehammer
effect. (A steeper pressure curve.)

Shoot Strights.

P.S. I load universal and longshot for 7/8 oz. skeet loads, they work very well.
 

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I use Scott Solo 1250, or will untill my last still full 8# jug is used up. Then it will likley be Universal or Herco. I like the Remington wad and next the AA or CB clone. Normaly just load 7/8 oz loads.

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My experience shows the STS to be the better hull. Good call. If you stick with Hodgdon your whole life and load nothing else you wouldn't go wrong.

I try to stick with the AA20 wad - mostly because of it's availability. Also, it's performance is a 'known value' to me, moreso than the others available out there.

7/8 seems to be the ideal payload, though 3/4ths is fine if you're looking for a little more economy.
 
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Here is my pet 20 skeet load:

Case: Win AA
Powder: Hodgdon Universal Clays
Primer: Rem STS 209
Wad: Rem RXP 20

I load 14.5 grains of Universal Clays. Very soft and crushes targets when I do my part. I have shot this load now for 2 years (about 25,000 rounds) through my Briley tubed gun with not a single problem. Universal is very clean as well.

Speed? My guess is around 1180 fps. Good luck!
 
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