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Old January 17, 2012, 04:31 PM   #1
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20 gauge reloading question

I have quite a few 12 gauges and have reloaded for years. Awhile back I picked up a 20 gauge and reloader and have been pretty busy with it. I would like to make some heavier 20 gauge loads. While using 00 buck with 12 gauge 3 pellets fit nicely per tier, 9 total for 2 3/4" shells and 12 total for 3" shells. This obviously isn't rocket science but I was wondering what is the largest shot that fits similarly regarding the 20 gauge. (3 pellets per tier). I linked a shot size index site below for reference. Any help would be appreciated.

http://www.shotgunworld.com/ammo_s082000.html
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Old January 17, 2012, 05:43 PM   #2
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You need to ask this question in the reloading section of the forum...( or one of the moderators might whup up on you ) !

Since you have experience in loading shotshells ..you know 1 oz of shot is one oz of shot ....pellet size is not an issue. It makes no difference in terms of the qty of shot ... ( O Buck is 9 pellets in 1 oz ) ---and its 9 pellets if its a 12ga or a 20ga...1 oz is still 1 oz...

as always - follow a published recipe for wad, primer, hull and powder.
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Old January 17, 2012, 11:03 PM   #3
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In 20 gauge, assuming wad with no petals:

#3 Buck is 4 pellets per layer.
#2 Buck is 3 pellets per layer.
#1 Buck is 2 pellets per layer.



#*$&@%^$( spelling

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Old January 18, 2012, 08:03 AM   #4
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Get a Lyman Shotgun reloading guide. Plenty of 20 gauge buckshot recipes.
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Old January 18, 2012, 10:29 AM   #5
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Just a thought

Big Jim is probably right about where to post this, but after looking at the reloading section, it is fraught with rifle and pistol reloading info, but nary a post in there on shotgun shell reloading. Would it be possible to break out a separate section for just shotshell reload info?
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Old January 18, 2012, 12:58 PM   #6
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I don't know about a separate forum ....some of us that are into shotshell loading ...visit the reloading section quite a bit ...so somebody will help out over there if you have reloading questions on shotshells.

or you can drop me a personal note if you want...and I'll help where I can..

loading shotshells is way easier than metallic ...but a lot of us do both.
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Old January 18, 2012, 01:46 PM   #7
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We don't get that many reloading questions. As my friend, BigJim, said, "loading shotshells is way easier than metallic." You just follow the reloading guide's recipe.

If there were to be a separation in the shotgun forum it might make more sense to segregate sporting and HD/tactical shotguns. Or, we could have a "M-500 or R-870Ex" sub-forum.
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Old January 18, 2012, 02:17 PM   #8
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Thanks SHR970. I agree this question was likely more suited for the reloading forum but I saw very little discussion regarding shotgun reloading. Either way, this is turning out to be one of my favorite websites.
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Old January 18, 2012, 03:16 PM   #9
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No impending whuppings for posting this here. We've handled reloading queries before and will again.

That Lyman manual is a great idea, Calling Ballistic Products and talking to their Tech folks is another. They can certainly assist with load info and components.
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Old January 18, 2012, 03:21 PM   #10
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Just seems with the lesser shotgun reloading talk there and the heavy population of very experienced shotgun reloaders in this'n makes these seem suited to here...

But what do I know??? I still ain't got in to it yet...
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Old January 18, 2012, 03:38 PM   #11
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As long as Dave doesn't mind ....leave the shotgun reloading questions here then ....Thanks Dave.
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