870 shotgun reloading

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by climate17, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. climate17

    climate17 New Member

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    As any one reloaded for the 870. I'm trying to reload for it and having some trouble. The rounds that I've made up out of used hulls have a tendency to stick in the camper and don't want to eject. Any body else had these troubles? Any solutions? Irishman in Montana needs help!
     
  2. Virginian

    Virginian Active Member

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    Hone the chamber. Note, I said hone, not wrap steel wool around something and spin it.
     

  3. John_Deer

    John_Deer New Member

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    If the shells are hard to pump into the 870, then get stuck after firing. The shells are bulged. That is the the most common failure when reloading shotshells. 1 1/8 oz 12ga loads are difficult to load, even when putting a light charge behind the shot. I ended up saving up high brass hulls to reload 1 1/8 oz competition loads. I don't know how Winchester loads a 1 1/8 load into their AA hulls. I couldn't do it without losing a lot of AA hulls, even once fired hulls. I was using AA wads too.
     
  4. oli700

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    Whats your load ?

    Stuck before or after discharge ?

    Dosent really mater if its for an 870, they should all work with each other

    Irishman in Oregon here to help, whats wrong ? your luck run out ;)
     
  5. masterPsmith

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    I've never had any problems loading 1 1/8 oz loads in AA hulls on my Dillon.

    As for problems loading and extracting your re-loads, it sounds to me that you are bulging your hulls while crimping. Back off a little on your crimp die and see if that helps. You might also try honing and polishing your chamber.

    Jim..
     
  6. climate17

    climate17 New Member

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    They are sticking after discharge. What you guys are saying makes sense I think I'll stick my micrometer on my die and maybe hone my chamber. I hadn't thought about my chamber being a little narrow.
     
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  7. bobski

    bobski Well-Known Member Sponsor

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    make sure your resizer is going all the way down on the brass. there is no reason why hulls should stick in an 870 or any other gun for that matter.
    just a curious q: how dirty is that chamber? rods clean the bore and you can feel when it hits the chamber, it loosens up some. maybe a 10ga brush from the bbl chamber end might get some the 12ga rod isnt getting.
     
  8. oli700

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    What is your load ?

    If it isnt sticking all the ammo then it isnt your chamber. You take too much chamber you cant put it back ,its your reloads
     
  9. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    1 1/8 oz 12 ga loads are my staple. They work very well. I use AA wads and 16.4 gr Red Dot. But then again, I don't have an 870 in 12 ga. Mine are fired through Winchesters and a Saiga
     
  10. bobski

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    i say its that brass sizer isnt resizing the brass all the way down. and when it fires, that expanded brass expands more....making it stick. just my hunch.

    thats.....if its brass. if its that cheapo steel stuff, itll stick all day.
     
  11. climate17

    climate17 New Member

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    Thanks for the info guys new hulls and a dies in my future. I'm going to hold off on my chamber guys. Thanks again. I'll let you know how it turns out.
     
  12. climate17

    climate17 New Member

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    By the way they were estate hulls
     
  13. bobski

    bobski Well-Known Member Sponsor

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    oh geeesh, NO WONDER!
    cheapo hulls! get remington sts, nitro 27's, gunclubs, or hs/aa's!!!!!!
     
  14. John_Deer

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    You need plastic hulls, with real brass. and an 8 star crimp. I know most crimpers go to 6 star with the twist of the wrist. Most shells that are 6 star from the factory are very poor quality. I am sure there are exceptions but I can't think of any off hand.
     
  15. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    What you NEED is quality hulls. Winchester AA's, Remington STS, etc, Federal Gold Medal are on the top of the heap.

    I use almost exclusively AA's just because I have a seemigly endless supply. I do have a little over 600 Gold Medals I have been hording that I now realize I will never get around to needing. I could be talked out of them.
     
  16. climate17

    climate17 New Member

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    Thanks rob I'll keep them in mind.
     
  17. John_Deer

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    Robocop is right on with his hull selection. Store bought ammo for my 28 ga is expensive. I buy once fired AA hulls by the 100. I never have any problem with any of them. I expect to get 3 or 4 uses from a hull, sometimes I get many more. if you see any high brass hulls laying around pick them up. They function well and you can reload them quite a few times. High brass hulls are more difficult to resize but they will not harm your equipment. Make sure any high brass hulls you reload are brass. I have never tried to reload a steel case hull. I can foresee to many problems.
     
  18. oli700

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    steel head reloads just fine, I have loaded hundreds of slugs back in Remington Gun Clubs, Sport Load, and hundreds of 00 buck in Federal Top Gun hulls.

    The fact is that it’s the plastic make up that makes a good reloadable shell. Remington Gun Club is a good example. They take the identical load data as STS/Nitro 27 because the construction is the same internally, the plastic is good for multiple reloads and the steel head can be sized many times over the time the plastic starts splitting.

    Federal Top Gun(breast cancer edition),buffered, 10 pellet 00 buck 1 1/4 oz , 10 yard target....never a problem I didn't create
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    And there is nothing wrong with ESTATE as long as you load them back correctly.