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Old 09-21-2020, 04:25 PM   #1
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How many weigh shot and powder?

Not much going on here so got a question for all. Do you weigh your powder throws? Not much to it go up or down a bushing to get the correct drop. NOW how many weigh their shot drops? I hadn't till recently, my 1 oz bar was throwing a fine 7/8 drop. So the next time I was at the club I micd the bars they had, 3 of the 4 was throwing 7/8. Not a big deal but I know a lot who just go by what the book says, no questions.
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Old 09-22-2020, 08:45 AM   #2
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Not much going on here so got a question for all. Do you weigh your powder throws? Not much to it go up or down a bushing to get the correct drop. NOW how many weigh their shot drops? I hadn't till recently, my 1 oz bar was throwing a fine 7/8 drop. So the next time I was at the club I micd the bars they had, 3 of the 4 was throwing 7/8. Not a big deal but I know a lot who just go by what the book says, no questions.
A lot will depend on what type of shot; if it is soft lead, you'll get closer to 1oz than if it is magnum high antimony shot; same number of pellets, lighter payload by weight.
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Good response oneounce, a lot of people, myself included would of NOT looked at it from that angle.
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Old 09-22-2020, 07:53 PM   #4
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You should weigh your shot and powder drop from time to time to make sure your loader is dialed in....if your throwing 7/8 oz. and your recipe is for loading 1 0z. what does your crimp look like.???
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Old 09-23-2020, 10:17 AM   #5
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I never weigh my shot drop and just accept what the bushing says it is because as One ounce said, it's going to vary a bit and that won't make the load unsafe or cause you to lose birds (living or clay).

Powder is a different story. I weigh that and change bushings until I get the powder drop I want, then I seldom weigh it again. No point as I've got the bushing numbers and their interior capacity doesn't change over time. The powder can change very slightly over time, but that won't be enough to be critical either.
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The crimp was OFF when I first started dialed it in and been going ever since. I had loaded for year's never thought about it. It is like I say and everyone else, if I do my part then why worry. It's something I accidently run up on and shared.
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I'm with Flash. I never worry about the shot, it is what it is. I used to check the powder drop when I changed lot numbers of powder, but over 40 years (I still use the same 12ga charge that I started with, way back then) I have never seen it vary by more than 2/10 of a grain, a negligible amount. I no longer bother with that either. Your loader can vary by that much from shell to shell.
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I use the universal charge bars and weigh both powder and shot to dial in the bar to exactly what I'm looking for.
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How many weigh shot and powder

I weigh both shot and powder on every load. I've been burned once too often. I admit I'm a bit paranoid. I also don't shoot as much as many and can afford the time. In any case I enjoy the process and use the time to consider other issues.
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many ream or tape the ID of a shot cavity to increase or decrease a load for shot.
i use to be concerned, then i realized, it didnt improve or marr my performance and the practice went away. now, it is what it is.
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