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My Handloads - 12 Gauge 2ľ"


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"The New England" double shotgun
Mossberg M590 slide-action shotgun

4 December 2004 - Winchester AA plastic hull, Winchester W209 primer, 15.0gr Accurate Nitro 100 powder, Federal 12S0 plastic wad, ľoz. #6 shot
PUBLISHED STARTING LOAD

4 December 2004 - Winchester AA plastic hull, Winchester W209 primer, 15.0gr Accurate Nitro 100 powder, Federal 12S0 plastic wad, (17) #4 buckshot (approx. ľoz.)
PUBLISHED STARTING LOAD

4 December 2004 - Winchester AA plastic hull, Winchester W209 primer, 15.0gr Accurate Nitro 100 powder, Federal 12S0 plastic wad with shot cup petals cut away, (6) OO buckshot (approx. ľoz.)
PUBLISHED STARTING LOAD

The three loads above are based on the very first load in the Cowboy Action section of Accurate's 2002 handbook (pg. 47). They have very mild recoil (for a 12 gauge) and are listed at 4,000psi chamber pressure for safety in older firearms like my antique side-by-side. Of course they also work perfectly in a modern slide-action, i.e. for faster shot-to-shot recovery in 3-Gun or similar competition, and the cleanup is better than the Pyrodex loads I used to use in the double. The #6 shot load should fit the rules for Cowboy Action and most other tactical/combat shotgun competitions; the buckshot loads are for "business" - velocity for this load is listed as 1,176fps, so while the payload has been reduced in weight, it should still be going fast enough to be effective. Note that this load, using the Federal 12S0 wad, does not appear in the 2005 handbook.

UPDATE, 19 October 2005: Winchester WAA12SL wads may be a safe substitute for the harder-to-find Federal 12S0 but this combination is not published anywhere that I can find. I wouldn't mention it at all except these loads are very low-pressure to begin with. Click here for details.


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