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2 3/4" Federal Gold Medal Hull for Steel Help

Postby Super X 3 » Thu Feb 06, 2014 1:18 am

A Nephew gave me about 1,500 once fired 12ga Federal Gold Medal 2 3/4" hulls. I usually shoot 3"' Steel for these Mallards here in Arkansas and was wondering if anyone feels it's worth using these hulls instead of the 3's?

I have twenty pounds of #2 steel ready to load and would like to know some of the pro's and con's of using 2 3/4" loads. I'm sure I'll have to purchase a new 1 1/8oz shot-bar for my Steelmaster because all recipes seem to point that way.

Would like some input from some green-timber hunters who have some good 2 3/4" load ideas.... I'll be loading with Steel powder since I have close to 20 pounds on the shelf.

Performance results and some good wad suggestions would be nice also.
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Re: 2 3/4" Federal Gold Medal Hull for Steel Help

Postby d_money » Thu Feb 06, 2014 1:40 am

Yes I would use those with Chris's hg load using the b&p wad. I'll let Chris chime in if he wants to share it. Basically any 1 1/8oz load with any appropriate wad will pattern well with 32-34gr of steel.
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Re: 2 3/4" Federal Gold Medal Hull for Steel Help

Postby 3200 man » Thu Feb 06, 2014 7:20 am

You can't go wrong by just using the RSI 65 recipe , taking birds above the tree-tops as well as in the hole with this load !
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Re: 2 3/4" Federal Gold Medal Hull for Steel Help

Postby mauserfan » Thu Feb 06, 2014 7:58 am

I load the GM hulls with 1-1/8 oz. at about 1470 fps. I cannot recall which one but, it is one of the published RSI loads and shoots great. Divers and late season mallards are what we hunt. Have fun....mauser
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Re: 2 3/4" Federal Gold Medal Hull for Steel Help

Postby goosepit2007 » Thu Feb 06, 2014 10:08 am

rsi 64 gold medal
win 209
rsi 23/4 wad
34 asteel
11/8 of steel
1475 fps
8500 psi

you can swap wads too, vp-65,b and p 32 wad or 35 wad if want to trim down wad with 11/4 35 wad, all are great with that load as is...you can swap the cheddite 209 primer for even swap per rsi reloading co.

you might have to drop 2 to 3 pellets to get proper crimp with some of those wads.

rsi 65 fed gold medal
win 209
rsi 23/4 wad
36 grains asteel
450 grains of shot
1550 fps
8600 psi

precision reloading load:
fed gold medal
fed209a
b and p 32 wad
30 asteel
11/8 oz shot
1377 fps
11000 psi


if have trap range around you most all times you can get cheddite 23/4 hulls for free

rsi 67 cheddite 23/4 inch hull(activ hull)
win 209(can use ched209)
34 grains steel powder
rsi 23/4 wad
11/8 of shot
1465 fps
8300psi

can swap vp65 and band p 32(35) wad...all three of the wads throw very good patterns

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Re: 2 3/4" Federal Gold Medal Hull for Steel Help

Postby TimeMachine » Thu Feb 06, 2014 1:46 pm

Yep...Goose nailed it!!
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Re: 2 3/4" Federal Gold Medal Hull for Steel Help

Postby Theduckguru » Thu Feb 06, 2014 4:49 pm

Or you can load the Precision Reloading wad @1425 fps. Its in the Alliant Reloading data. With those GM hulls and 1-1/8 oz #2 shot, I shoot 2-3/4" loads for all my duck hunting these days.
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Re: 2 3/4" Federal Gold Medal Hull for Steel Help

Postby 3200 man » Fri Feb 07, 2014 8:03 am

What more can a guy want DuckGuru ? I see your point with having a load that can handle Big Birds ( Ducks ) out as far
as ,you should be shooting , with enough energy to kill them Dead in the Air and save on powder with a nice smooth shooting
load that won't effect your shooting as the season goes on ! :thumbsup:

By using the proper shot-size , you would have the best of both loads , 5's or 4's for inside 35 yds and 3's or 2's for shooting
on the edge of 50 yds ! :clapping: :clapping:

I like your way of thinking ......... :bow:
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Re: 2 3/4" Federal Gold Medal Hull for Steel Help

Postby goosepit2007 » Fri Feb 07, 2014 8:14 am

3200 man wrote:What more can a guy want DuckGuru ? I see your point with having a load that can handle Big Birds ( Ducks ) out as far
as ,you should be shooting , with enough energy to kill them Dead in the Air and save on powder with a nice smooth shooting
load that won't effect your shooting as the season goes on ! :thumbsup:

By using the proper shot-size , you would have the best of both loads , 5's or 4's for inside 35 yds and 3's or 2's for shooting
on the edge of 50 yds ! :clapping: :clapping:

I like your way of thinking ......... :bow:



i will throw in 1's,b's,bb's for geese with drt results!!!

1's for combo goose/duck hunt. :clapping:
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Re: 2 3/4" Federal Gold Medal Hull for Steel Help

Postby Super X 3 » Fri Feb 07, 2014 8:48 am

You guys are awesome. Thanks for the information.
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Re: 2 3/4" Federal Gold Medal Hull for Steel Help

Postby cannon » Tue Feb 11, 2014 7:20 pm

Super X 3 wrote:A Nephew gave me about 1,500 once fired 12ga Federal Gold Medal 2 3/4" hulls. I usually shoot 3"' Steel for these Mallards here in Arkansas and was wondering if anyone feels it's worth using these hulls instead of the 3's?

I have twenty pounds of #2 steel ready to load and would like to know some of the pro's and con's of using 2 3/4" loads. I'm sure I'll have to purchase a new 1 1/8oz shot-bar for my Steelmaster because all recipes seem to point that way.

Would like some input from some green-timber hunters who have some good 2 3/4" load ideas.... I'll be loading with Steel powder since I have close to 20 pounds on the shelf.

Performance results and some good wad suggestions would be nice also.


Go with the load they gave you (RSI). If you don't have RSI wads, drop the powder charge to 32 grains & use a CSD0118/tuwsbl32.

I's born & raised on a rice farm on Crain Farm Road. If you're running 3" on the Black, you're wasting money. You'll kill as many (and probably more) with those gold medals running a 1 1/8 oz load. Zero question. I run through an average of 5 cases a season of those loads in the rice fields.
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Re: 2 3/4" Federal Gold Medal Hull for Steel Help

Postby Super X 3 » Mon Mar 03, 2014 7:21 pm

Canon, I've loaded some to pattern. We'll see how it goes.

Did you grow up anywhere near HWY 204 South of Cash?
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Re: 2 3/4" Federal Gold Medal Hull for Steel Help

Postby Jon Bergren » Mon Mar 03, 2014 7:58 pm

My favorite load in the GM is as follows:
Fed GM hull
Fed 209A primer
45 grs of STEEL powder
MM shotcup
1765 fps
9000 psi
For mallards I shoot 4's in this recipe and it will penetrate to kill to 51.2 yds. For geese I like B's and it will penetrate to kill to 66.6 yds and I can hold it together with a my 935/Mod choke to 55 yds and to 60 yds with the Terror choke. Ned S
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Re: 2 3/4" Federal Gold Medal Hull for Steel Help

Postby cannon » Mon Mar 03, 2014 8:09 pm

Super X 3 wrote:Canon, I've loaded some to pattern. We'll see how it goes.

Did you grow up anywhere near HWY 204 South of Cash?


Raised on a rice farm on 204 east of Cash. Gibson Switch. Last name's Gibson, FWIW. Family's been down here a long, long time.


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Re: 2 3/4" Federal Gold Medal Hull for Steel Help

Postby RockedEm » Wed Mar 05, 2014 5:50 pm

Do not overlook LBC43 wads from BP.

These are great 2 3/4" wads.

My daughter shoots about 1.14oz of #2 at 1,400-1450fps or 1.2oz of #3 in 2 3/4oz Fed Gold Medal and they just pattern awesome. I think we load about 32g of alliant steel in there. Don't have it in front of me, but they are in BP's manual...I just cheat up a bit because they are not near max pressure.

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