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Old 01-29-2017, 09:12 AM   #1
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1/8 oz Bluedot loads 12 ga

Does anyone have a good 1/8 oz lead shot Bluedot 12 ga load?
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Old 01-29-2017, 09:13 AM   #2
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1/8??? Do you mean 1-1/8 or 7/8 by chance?
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Old 01-29-2017, 09:16 AM   #3
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BlueDot is designed for heavy hunting loads starting at 1-1/4 oz and going up from there
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I have loaded Blue Dot in this load but you have to have a very firm crimp and you will get unburned powder it the barrel.
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Old 02-08-2017, 04:43 PM   #5
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I would not recommend the use of Blue Dot for target loads. It's a slow burning powder designed to achieve higher velocity for heavier loads used most often for hunting. You will drive others off the line due to the amount of powder burned just before leaving the barrel or after leaving the barrel. It's conducive to losing friends rather than making them if used for trap, skeet or sporting clays.
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Old 11-19-2020, 08:02 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by oneounceload View Post
BlueDot is designed for heavy hunting loads starting at 1-1/4 oz and going up from there
So is 800 X but perhaps there are reasons you might not have thought of for pursuing lighter loads for Blue Dot. Sometime slow burning shotgun powders can lend themselves to low pressure loads for older shotguns. For example the 800 X load which I came across for a 1 1/8 oz. load had a 5,800 PSI a pressure range that an older shotgun can better handle and function with. What I find discouraging is powder manufactures when they come up with loads for various powders they market have a tendency to promote their higher pressure loads, because they usually provided high velocities or sometime heavier slower magnum loads. They do the same for rifles and their slower burning medium powders They provide loads for shooting cast using their fast burning powder. They seem to overlook the fact that hard cast bullet can be pushed at velocities upwards of 2000 to 2200 fps at the lower end of the medium powder range.
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Old 11-19-2020, 09:46 PM   #7
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Back in 2004 I shot skeet with a group of hunters. They was shooting their hunting loads. We were shooting at night and needless to say they were putting on a show. It looked like they were shooting flame throwers. Them guns were belching fire like you wouldn't believe. All that from Blue Dot.
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Old 11-20-2020, 11:26 AM   #8
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So is 800 X but perhaps there are reasons you might not have thought of for pursuing lighter loads for Blue Dot. Sometime slow burning shotgun powders can lend themselves to low pressure loads for older shotguns. For example the 800 X load which I came across for a 1 1/8 oz. load had a 5,800 PSI a pressure range that an older shotgun can better handle and function with. What I find discouraging is powder manufactures when they come up with loads for various powders they market have a tendency to promote their higher pressure loads, because they usually provided high velocities or sometime heavier slower magnum loads. They do the same for rifles and their slower burning medium powders They provide loads for shooting cast using their fast burning powder. They seem to overlook the fact that hard cast bullet can be pushed at velocities upwards of 2000 to 2200 fps at the lower end of the medium powder range.
You can find low pressure loads that are better suited; also RST sells Vintager loads designed for old guns.
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You can find low pressure loads that are better suited; also RST sells Vintager loads designed for old guns.
Thank you for the info oneounceload, I'm aware of other powders for low pressure loads, and I can load black powder. if it comes to that. My preference, however, is to load my own ammunition, rather than purchase manufactured stuff. For me it adds to the shooting experience, plus I've been doing it for years. - Gun Nut

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