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  We use a Beretta 301 to teach the kids in Hunter Safety clay pigeon shooting. It's a light gun with light recoil and 11 and 12 year olds can handle it. This gun doesn't have a gas regulator and it won't eject Winchester skeet loads. Federals work if I can find them and I've never seen Remingtons around here. A handload with Unique that's over max in all but one book works, barely. I thought a slower powder might have enough barrel pressure left by the time the wad passes the gas ports. So I tried 800-X. Bullseye!

The load is:
Winchester AA Plus Hull
Winchester W209 Primer
Winchester WAA20 Wad
7/8 oz. #7 1/2 or #8 shot
16.7 gr. IMR 800-X powder

  This load is from the Lyman Shotshell Reloading Handbook, 4th Edition. 16.2 gr. usually cycles the gun and 18.0 gr. is max. This gives me a big safety margin even though 800-X is a pain to meter consistently.

  The kids love smoking those clays. :biggrin:


(Edited by Jack Monteith at 5<!--emo&:0--><img src="" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':0'><!--endemo-->5 pm on April 19, 2001)

(Edited by Jack Monteith at 5:11 pm on April 19, 2001)
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