10gaOkie wrote:A shooter normally goes with what he is most successful with. In my case, over the years, I have been most successful with a payload of 1 1/2oz reloading for the big 10. Also, I have been most successful on big geese shooting #1s by far. B shot running a close second choice. Loading #2s is defeating the purpose of the advantage it has over the 3.5" 12ga. I have loaded and tried in vane to have the same success using BB thru TT size pellets. It just has not been there for me using good patterning loads.
As for having a feel for pressure in my loads, I read fired primers to know for sure I have a safe load for both me and my gun. I have found that you dont have to "hot rod" your reloads to get the "hot rod" performance from the 10ga. I tend to like my loads in the 1450 range just fine.
The 10ga is an experience and a blast (fun) to shoot and load for.
i also like 1 shot(duck/goose combo's) in the 10 gauge but with 1-3/8oz(602 grains) loadings(even 2's works great for ducks/goose combo's).....
i like 1-1/2oz(657grains) of b's and 710 grains of bb and or bbb's also a duplexed load of t's and tt's for pass shotting and long range cripple loads.
those are my favorite shot sizes and weight of steel shot in the loads. the ten gauges tops for very good even patterns. felt or percieved recoil being very light, well to me anyways, over heavy 12 gauge loads. The only other shotgun that keeps up with 10 bores is the the way over bored 12 gauges like the 835/935 mossbergs, with close second being backbored 12's.