High Speed 28 Gauge Reloads

Dear Technoid,

Anyone have a decent hunting reload for 7 1/2 3/4 oz 28 gauge?

Have a MEC Grabber reloader. Been many years since I’ve loaded for it. Like to get higher velocity if possible(1300+/-)



Dear Troy,

1300 fps in 3/4 oz in the 28? No problem. The Federal hull and Hodgdon Longshot will do it for you. Hodgdon lists 1300 fps recipes with Longshot at:

http://www.hodgdon.com/ You can also squeeze it out of the Remington STS hull also, look it up.

These are just two samples, but Hodgdon has Longshot recipes for most of the 28 gauge hulls that will give you 1300 fps. Longshot is an amazing powder and gives high velocities with a number of loads.

Just about every load I’ve ever come up with using the 28 gauge has patterned well, but make sure to pattern your 1300 fps loads to see that they give you the pattern that you want. That speed is putting a lot of pressure on the pellets crammed into that little hull and you don’t want any more pellet setback than you have to put up with. Make sure to use the hardest (highest antimony) pellets available.

Frankly, 50 fps one way or another won’t affect your shell’s performance on game. Here are some energy figures for #7-1/2s. They are in ft/lb at 20, 30 and 40 yards:

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As you can see, the extra speed really doesn’t buy you much as you get out in distance. The further out you get, the less the greater initial speed matters. It never seemed logical to me, but that’s just how physics works.

Best regards,
Bruce Buck
Shotgun Report’s Technoid


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