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Old 11-08-2003, 10:47 AM
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I just added another mold to my collection,(probably one I really didn't need). Its a Lee slug mold. Question is.... Does anyone have a favorite recipe in adition to the listed ones? I'm kind of looking to find a recipe with Longshot or Unique, as I have those powders. I'm making a trip to the gunshop for powder in a couple of days and I'll get a listed powder if needed, but... If I already have some powder, I hate to have extra laying around for just one load.

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Old 11-15-2003, 08:44 AM
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Sorry it took me so long to reply - I work out of state sometimes and don't have the brain capacity to carry data with me anymore (if ever?) And then this board seemed to be down for a bit of time.
Are you casting a 1 oz or 7/8oz key drive?
Some of the recommended loads seem a bit brutal when the old brain rattles in the cranium. My wife and I like AA hulls with 22 gr PB under a 7/8 oz key in a gray wad (WW12L) Haven't felt the need to clock this load - we just use it for fun and competition.
The reloading area would seem a little naked without at least a Little Bit of PB around - no matter how much I thought I had there's always a need for more of this versatile powder for light CB rifle, handgun and shotshell. Maybe you could say I prefer PB to Unique.

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Old 11-17-2003, 02:00 AM
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I'm loading the 7/8 oz slug. It would seem to me that I should be able to use most loads for 1 1/8 oz shot without a problem as the pressure should end up being lower, but thats just a thought. In fact, I should end up with lighter loads out of the deal, too. I don't have any PB....How's that compare to Unique?
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Old 11-17-2003, 07:35 AM
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The 2000 ed. of Aliant Powder Reloaders' Guide at top of page 41 lists 3 loads for 7/8 oz cast slug using Unique. Note "Rolled Crimp" and card + fiber wads. Card and fiber are generally less efficient than plastic wads and often need higher charges for equivalent pressures. i.e. substituting a plastic wad for card + fiber would realy raise pressure. A slug does not behave like a shot column, e.g. does not compress and deform the same under abrupt acceleration. The Lee Key slug is for use in a plastic sleeve - would not fit the barrel otherwise. I don't have any appropriate data using Unique.

For comparison: I like PB more than Unique (and I like card + fiber wads - when I've got 'em I prefer 'em to plastic.) I've used published loads of PB in 12 ga. from 24 grams (less than 7/8 oz) to 1 1/4 oz loads. I have used plenty of Unique, it's less bulky than PB so you can cram more into a small pistol case, and you can get more "dirt" out of it, but the data doesn't demonstrate the flexibility I've found with PB. PB meters well.

If I change a recipe I assume indigestion and criticism but I hope for a taste sensation. With shotshell recipes any change may alter pressure enough - and unpredicatbly - to cause indigestion. Anywhere from retained ejecta to blown barrels, shotgun indigestion is worse than burnt toast - just my experience.

As they say, in some parts of the universe human thought is considered a disease. If we survive our mistakes we can sometimes hide them, sometimes learn from them and sometimes pass on what they teach. The published load data for PB is with Brenneke slugs and card + fiber wads. It's with trepedation that I've shared my Lee Key load mistake, but it's already been favorably reviewed by my toughest critic - and she really knows how to burn toast.

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Old 12-06-2003, 06:58 AM
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My best results with the 1 oz Lee slug is with HS6. I also put a 20 ga felt wad under the slug in the plastic wad. Recovered wads without the felt wad showed severe distortion of the plastic. Accuracy seems better when the slug is cushioned, possibly helping separation. Also seems to make a better column to crimp on. sundog
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