Best hull for reloading ?

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Best hull for reloading ?

Postby Sagebrush » Sun Jan 07, 2007 8:59 pm

I like Win AA for 1oz or less steel loads at 1550fps or higher.

The Rem. STS will work for 1 1/8 oz steel loads at 1430fps where
the Win hull can't go there.

The Federal Gold Medal is the top hull for all 2 3/4" loads for me.

Sorry I don't load 3" hulls..............

Not with Bismuth or Hevi-shot still available.


What hulls do you like ?

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Postby MOwaterfowler » Sun Jan 07, 2007 9:14 pm

AA i mainly just do my sporting clay reloading though. and buy bismuth/hevi i used to reload steel but got out of it when i stopped hunting for a while.

main reason most of my data and facts are out of date.
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Postby thaner » Sun Jan 07, 2007 9:29 pm

AA all the way, but I am not sold on the new hulls. I have a bunch of the old AAs and I am hording them. I have been picking up and shooting those Remington gun club hulls. They are all over and free one fireds; they load great for five or six loads and then they are fed to that auto for winter shooting. For steel I am really liking the Fed gold metal for 2 3/4". I have not gotten my 3" steel program going all the way yet, but I have been collecting a bunch of 3" Rem hulls and Kent hulls to load goose loads so I will see how they do as I shoot and pattern them more as soon as goose season is over and I start experimenting. So far the Rem 3” seam good, with a just a couple loads on a few.
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Postby NV Guide » Mon Jan 08, 2007 9:50 am

In 410 I use both the STS and AAHS-- the HS seems to last a little longer

In 28ga I use AAHS for hunting
STS for heavy target
Estate hulls for 3/4 oz target loads

Once again the HS is the superior hull

20ga New Fiocchi for hunting
AA and STS for targets

16 ga New Cheddites for hunting
Havent made any target loads yet

12ga AA red for 16yd trap
gray for handicap
STS green for skeet
gold for 7/8 oz
Fiocchi for handicap load
Estate hulls for practice
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Postby Sagebrush » Mon Jan 08, 2007 11:24 am

NV Guide;

Right on Bro !! :thumbsup:

I do the "color hull" thing also. If the shells get mixed up,
I still know what type of load I am shooting. Pretty neat stuff.

If I run out of hulls, I color code the primer with finger nail polish
or felt pen, for more optins !!

Get er done...............

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Postby pennsyltucky » Mon Jan 08, 2007 12:20 pm

i load as much as i can with federals. there isnt much choice for the 10ga, and they are the fastest design out there for 12ga. the deep capacity of the plastic base hulls is enuf to load 2 1/4oz of lead in the 3" hull.

but for target loads, the rem sts or unibody gets used the most. but i dont load many of them
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Postby Sagebrush » Mon Jan 08, 2007 3:31 pm

For trap,skeet, clays etc. , I use anything I can pick up as long as
it is not a 6 point crimp. (hate to change over)

I use the "basic" 1145 & some 1200fps loads for everything.

One oz 9's at 1200 or 8's at 1180 for skeet and 1 1/8 oz 7 1/2 at
1145 fps for everything else.

All loads get to 40 yards at the same time, which helps in not having
to think about your leads.

I only load the Estates one time as well as any hull that has a paper
base, since they can come loose and go down the barrel. :eek:

The "uni" one peice hulls are the best. I don't care much for the new
2 pce Win AA's.

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Postby steelcommander » Mon Jan 08, 2007 5:36 pm

2 3/4"- Target- AA or STS/Gun Club
Hunting- Fed. Gold Medal

3"- Fed. plastic base or Win. Supreme (plastic base)

3 1/2"- Fed.
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Postby Mr. 16 gauge » Mon Jan 08, 2007 7:24 pm

I try and do the color thing with various loads also.....as for hulls, my favorites are:

12 gauge steel shot loads: Activ (I have about 500 still that I am hoarding), Federal Gold Medals, and Remington SP hulls.

12 gauge Bismuth loads: Federal Gold medals & Remington STS hulls.

12 gauge Field loads: Remington STS, Federal game hulls, and Winchester AA (old style.....I'm with Thaner on this one).

12 gauge target loads: Remington Unibody hulls

16 gauge Bismuth: Federal, Cheddite, and Fiocchi hulls

16 gauge field: Federal, cheddite, and Fiocchi

16 gauge target: Remington hull
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Postby NV Guide » Mon Jan 08, 2007 7:50 pm

Thanks Sage,

I also color code with a sharpie--Orange =#9 Blur =#8 Purple=#7 Black=#6 Green=#5 Red=#4

I mark on the base an H for hevi and the number in its color for steel.

If I mix up the lead I just have to guess. Too many shells to mark.
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Postby Citori12 » Mon Jan 08, 2007 11:27 pm

I will add my .02 for targets its the WWAA12 or 16 or 20...they handle light loads well and are reusable with stabilty for about 3-5 reloadings.


I hate to say it but there is not optimum hull for hunting cause once I make one reload...its history....here in Colorado the weather is cold and shooting is hot...and the ejected reloaded hulls take a beating especially with faster velocities...but I still pick them up and leave no..feathers cause I got some boys on my tail that would really like to know where I am killin them....in warmer weather hot handloads hold together much better...in cold weather a hot handload looses 10fps per degree F below 32......so your hotter handloads work pretty well but if you have a good crimp..it tears your crimp apart..cause plastic hates cold weather and so does powder....so I reload some pretty hot stuff I would not dare to shoot in weather above 30f if its cold it works ok....might be deterimental to shoot it in warmer weather....but interestingly enough a good factory load at the distances I shoot in colder weather work just as well....with the right choke and load combo
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