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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-03-2016, 09:54 AM Thread Starter
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Reloading 12 ga trap loads

Last week I had a discussion with another trap shooter who told me he discards all his AA and Gun Club hulls after 2 reloadings. I reload my hulls until they show signs of splitting or burned out crimp edges and I am wondering if I am missing a safety issue with what I am doing. I get as many as 6 to 8 reloads out of each hull before they are ready to trash. I reload AA, Premier, Gun Club and Nitro 27 hulls with the following charge:
18 gr American Select
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7/8 oz #9 shot
Claybuster CB178-12 shot cup

Am I missing something or is the person I was speaking with throwing out hulls I should be picking up?

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-03-2016, 12:24 PM
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I am with you I load them until they show signs of splitting at the ends. I usually get 7-9 loads out of them. No issues.
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when I reloaded & shot a lot, I did the same thing. the crimp was so bad at times the ends were open & would lose some shot
one time a fellow shooter looked at my shells & said I am stuffing to much shot in them
I gave him a box of my reloads & told him to check them, see how much shot was really there because he would not believe how many times I reloaded a shell!
never a safety issue & if I did my part the targets got busted !!!

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I reloaded a lot several times no problems. Sometimes while dove hunting I'd find some shot in my pocket
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Okay guys - I feel much better and will start grabbing his throw aways.


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If the ends are not split but are not crimping tight and leaving a small whole for the BB's one can add a drop of candle wax; However, if they are splitting it is best to discard. When I was moving state to state ever few years and had no place or time to shoot clays I got tired of moving empty hulls and could find no one who wanted them so I discarded over 1200 hated to do that.

I now have boxes of empties shot once or twice which I will be reloading shortly. I also have part of a keg 700 X power from the 70's which appears to be working well...will reload and shoot soon.
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The crimp is where you get your velocity.

The stronger the crimp, the more velocity it attains.

I use any hull I can grab, don't care where it came from, as long as it was once fired only!

I resize them each time I load them.
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One time I tried to mark my hulls to determine how many times I fired them before they were unusable. I stopped because they had so many marks I could not keep tract. When the crimps get ratty I toss them but I would bet I get 8 plus reloads from some.

I use Gun Clubs and AA for 12 and Federal, AA and Remington for 20. I see no difference between expensive hulls and Gun Clubs and Federal.
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Reloading Trap Hulls

Personally I never use hand loads, just don't trust them, but I shoot with a ton of guys that reload both Gun Clubs and AA as many as 7 or 8 times.

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