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  1. Buster_AZ

    TSS 13/16 oz reload data including powder charge for 410

    There’s only a couple lead loads for 2” hull in BPI’s most recent Small Bore Manual. Not a ton of data!
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    410 load development

    I tested the same hevi shot load in both the stretch (left) and cutdown tps (right) in 2.5” .410 hull. While there’s always a chance that a piece of small, hard shot can work into the slits in a wad, I’ve had no issue with tps. The stretch wads caused some minor scoring in the forcing cone after...
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    TSS 13/16 oz reload data including powder charge for 410

    Are you using a mylar wrap? Those are pretty soft wads!
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    TSS 13/16 oz reload data including powder charge for 410

    Interesting! Are you shooting TSS with a claybuster wad?
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    Ever wanted to throw your reloader out the window

    I have an old 1.125 oz lead bar that drops 1 oz of bismuth. This is on a MEC from the 1960’s that was well used and I restored it during the covid lockdown.
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    Ever wanted to throw your reloader out the window

    The steel conversion kit greatly improved my old 600, so hope it works for you as well. Tapping the dropper can also help prevent bridging.
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    Resizing issues with Mec 600 Jr. converted to load 3"

    I don’t have a supersizer, so can’t help, but would take Dr. Swane’s advice on them.
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    Resizing issues with Mec 600 Jr. converted to load 3"

    This has happened to me in several gauges MEC ring resizers are notorious for sticking on high brass hulls. If you’re using the same gun the factory hulls were first fired in, then they may be able to be reloaded with the resizer removed. I hope some offer other solutions, but a lot Cheddite...
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    Bpx in a lead wad

    Any hard shot type used in a lead wad is playing with fire. Check for scoring that can start in the forcing cone. Even with heavy, non tox wads, there is a chance for a piece of shot poking through the wad slits.
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    Increasing Pattern Density - What would you do?

    Thread 'How to shoot a duck in the head, and not the body.' https://www.refugeforums.com/threads/how-to-shoot-a-duck-in-the-head-and-not-the-body.1065247 This was the thread was the one I was referencing earlier in this thread.
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    Increasing Pattern Density - What would you do?

    I will agree that clays can not completely emulate wild birds, but sporting clay courses that are designed specifically to present targets at various angles and directions are the best practice available. My local course has stations with incoming clays as well as crossers that simulate what one...
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    Increasing Pattern Density - What would you do?

    If ya put the majority of the pattern “ahead” of the bird, the skin will be as clean as either! Citrus and duck are complimentary flavors.
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    Increasing Pattern Density - What would you do?

    I’ve hand plucked more than my fair share of ducks. To preserve the meat, the majority of the pattern needs to be ahead of the bird. This level of accuracy can be obtained by frequently practicing at the sporting clays range in the off season. Here’s a simple illustration (not to scale): When...
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    Getting set up tp load 3" 20 gauge Bismuth or HW

    I use an old lead bar on an old MEC Jr that had a copper tube originally. This machine was gifted to me and had to be restored. I installed a steel shot kit to use this press for steel and bismuth. The lead bar I have is labeled 1.125 oz and drops 1 oz of #4 bismuth. You’ll have to experiment...
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    Getting set up tp load 3" 20 gauge Bismuth or HW

    A 1.25 oz lead bar will drop close to 1.25 oz bismuth. May not be perfect but close. If too much, tape can be used to fill space in the shot cavity. If too little, can just hand spoon a little in or file out the cavity.
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    Pro Chrono DLX Review

    I didn’t have a lot of money to invest in a chrono and took a chance with this inexpensive setup. Figured if it didn’t work out, then I wasn’t out too much! Using various commercial loads to determine the accuracy of the unit, I am pleasantly surprised with its performance and am confident in...
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    Increasing Pattern Density - What would you do?

    The OP was asking specifically about a 12 gauge and steel loads. In regard to these specifics, the choke can be opener up considerably and still achieve good patterns at 40 yards. Nothing beats a little pattern work with the gun and loads you intend to hunt with. You can learn a lot by putting...
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    Carrier Pin Clip

    This I agree with ;) I just read the video comments. Lol, good thing I was able to get the clip in. Definitely took a frustrating amount of time. I used a small pair of forceps to hold the clip while aligning it in the small channel in the wall of the receiver. I’m hoping someone has a better...
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    Carrier Pin Clip

    I’m referencing the installation of a tiny clip into the carrier pin on Winchester and Browning autos. Part #19 on this spec below. Spent about an hour trying to lock the pin (#18) in place with this little dinky clip. I finally got in and tested the gun at the range. Functions find, but I don’t...
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    Carrier Pin Clip

    Just spend way too long aligning this tiny clip back in after doing an end of season deep clean on my SX3. It popped out while I was brushing the inside of the receiver. Are there any tricks or speciality tools that make this job easier?

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