Just starting shotgun reloading...need info

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by TimL2952, May 29, 2011.

  1. TimL2952

    TimL2952 New Member

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    We have a mec jr. reloader and a 12ga., 1 oz. charge bar with a #32 bushing and we would like to reload 12ga. 1oz. #8 shot shells.

    We just wanted to know if we have the correct bushing or if we need another one. all advice is appreciated.

    Also looking for a website thats got some cheap but good quality loading supplies (powder, primers, shot and wads)
     
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  2. tonydewar

    tonydewar New Member

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    you need toget your hands on a reloading manual figure out case you are reloading and work from there powder charge type and wads are going to be load spacific i buy my wads (clay buster) from midway shot powder and primers i order in bulk through my gun club saves on haz mat and shipping fees
     

  3. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    The bar will throw 1 oz payloads of shot./ The bushing regulates the powder. You will need to consult a load manual to see how much of a particular powder that bushing will drop and see if that fits into the realm of an acceptable load.

    Remember, EVERY THING is specific in shot shell loading. EXACT hull, EXACT wad, EXACT charge of a particular powder, even EXACT primer.
     
  4. 556plinker

    556plinker New Member

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    The powder bushing might not be the right size for the type of powder you are using. As stated earlier you need ot consult a reloading manual specific for MEC and it will tell you. It is very dangerous to assume that a powder bushing is universal when it comes to powders....STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING RIGHT NOW.
     
  5. TimL2952

    TimL2952 New Member

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    well, my brother and I are planning on using the pink Clay Buster wads, cheddite primers, Aliant promo powder and the near 2,000 Winchester AA hulls we have.
     
  6. mmszbi

    mmszbi New Member

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    Go to MEC's website, they have a complete database of bushing/powder combinations. A #32 bushing will drop different amounts of different powders so it is VERY important to use the proper bushing for the amount of any powder you choose to reload with.
    MEC also has an adjustable charge bar, so you can adjust the shot drop and the powder drop and not have to spend a lot of money on different bars and bushings.
     
  7. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    The Claybuster pink is the replacement for the WAA 12 SL. A good wad for 7/8 or 1 oz loads. Nothing wrong with the Cheddite primers (I generally use the Win 209). Alliant Promo is where things get sticky. Alliant does not show any data for the AA hull and 1 oz of shot using Promo.

    There is data for 7/8 oz that is usable. (NOT FOR 1 oz LOADS)
    16.5 gr Promo for 1200 fps (a very light shooting load)
    up to
    19 gr Promo for 1300 fps

    Neither Alliant nor MEC list a bushing chart that includes Promo. Alliant lists Promo as having the same burn rate as Red Dot, but is more dense. It requires a smaller bushing than red dot to acheive the same charge weight.

    For a reference, MEC lists bushing #32 as dropping 19.2 gr of Red Dot. Presumably this would be MUCH more Promo.

    Long story short (I know, too late). Time for a new bar/bushing AND a good loading manual.

    Alliant Powder - Reloader's Guide
     
  8. TimL2952

    TimL2952 New Member

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    Thats about as much as I had figured. I checked both MEC and Alliant websites before posting here as a last resort and I found the same...No listing for the AA hulls.

    We haven't bought any powder yet, so while we're on the topic do you guys have any suggestions for bulk powder??
     
  9. tonydewar

    tonydewar New Member

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    AA rem nitro win super sport load the same it sounds as if your using the same recipe as i am but i use green dot and cheddit primers need to get out to the shop and check my bushing
     
  10. mmszbi

    mmszbi New Member

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    Go buy the RCBS big book of shotgun reloading. Complete and very detailed full color hull identification section and thousands and thousands of loads listed for each one...by hull, by powder, by fps, by wad. Excellent shotgun reloading resource.
     
  11. opaww

    opaww New Member

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    Wish I could help you out here but I am not into reloading shotgun ammo and have no idea about it, but I highly suggest a reloading manual to get the data right.
     
  12. johncranack

    johncranack New Member

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    I think that whether loading with the strong or weak hand, pulling from a 6-round caddy or a 4-rounder, carrying those caddies on the belt or on a chest rig or grabbing shells from a sleeve on the arm, most shooters used a combination of gear and loading techniques.