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Old November 29, 2002, 12:48 PM   #1
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jams on first try at reloading.

I loaded up 10 shells for my 1st try. I used 1ounce of 71/2 magnum shot,win209 primers,winaa hulls,waa12sl wads,18.5 clays, everything looked okay,so off to the range I went.Well every other one would do the classic stovepipe jam. I shoot a semi auto 12 gauge. The factory shells worked fine. What did I do wrong? thanks. sj
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Old November 29, 2002, 01:25 PM   #2
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What press?

Anything look strange on the crimp end of the shells?
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Old November 29, 2002, 01:36 PM   #3
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'Twas a 1911, I'd say too soft s load, or limp wristing...

I knoqw zip about shotshell loading, but you might find some help here: They have a full shotshell forum.
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Old November 29, 2002, 01:46 PM   #4
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The load you list is just a hair low of average pressures for a 12 ga. Try bumping the powder to about 19.2-19.5 and give it another try. 19.8 is the top end according to my data. Your gun likely just wants a little more pressure if the hull was being caught in the ejection port. If it was not a partial ejection jam let us know and we can look at it.
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Old November 29, 2002, 04:31 PM   #5
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It looked like the shell was almost getting out,but the slide would catch it just about a 1/4 inch above the brass. The press that I bought is a mec sizemaster. I came back home and loaded some more with green dot:20.5 grains,11/8 shot,win209 primers,and waa12 wads. The crimp looked almost identical to the factory ones. Maybe I just needed a little more powder,they were almost making it out.When I have time I will see what my next reloads do. sj
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