Longshot is a true magnum shotgun powder for 12 gauge. It can be used for high velocity loads, and heavy magnum loads. Here are some of the ballisitics provided by Hodgdon for the Federal 2 3/4" Gold Medal hulls. 1 1/4oz of lead can be pushed to 1,495fps, and 1 1/8oz can be pushed to 1,585fps.Which 3" steel shot velocity coming from a 2 3/4" hull with lead.

Winchester WSF is a ball powder used in a vast array of 20 gauge loads, and higher velocity 1 1/8 ounce 12 gauge target loads, and 1 1/4 ounce standard loads. WSF actually stands for Winchester Super Field, and you can actually duplicate Winchester Super X 1 1/4 ounce 1,330fps 12 gauge loads with this powder and Winchester AA hulls. It is a fine ball powder that meters greatly. It also has a wide array of applications for handguns. You can purchase it in 1lb containers, 4lb jugs, and 8lb jugs.


I have used Winchester WSF in a lot of 12 gauge loads since 2013, and now that my son is reloading for his 20 gauge he is using it as his main powder. For years I used it as my main field powder for small game, and it has been my backup powder for handicap trap, and sporting clays as you can get higher velocity from with a lower pressure. It burns clean, meters well, has a great shot to shot consistency, and has a lower price point then some others. It can have a little bit louder of a muzzle report then say Hodgdon 700x & 800x Most people will probably never know, but I am a professional musician, music producer, and audio engineer so I notice even slight things like that. 



Now this is one I get asked often, and that is "How much stuff should I have saved?"

There are a few things to think about about when discussing this. The main ones are:

*How much do you shoot or plan to shoot?

*What kind of shooting do you or do you plan to do? i.e. plinking, hunting, competition

*How much ammo do you want on hand?

*How much supplies can you safely store?

So now lets see someone answer, and go from there:

*How much do you shoot? I shoot a lot.

*What kind of shooting do you do? I hunt a little, but mostly plinking. I do want to hunt more, and try shooting competition.

*How much ammo do you want on hand? I am not sure. I do know I want to be able to keep hunting and shooting if a gun grabber gets back in office.

*How much reloading supplies can you safely store? However many I need.

Now a person like this I would say after you got your ammo built up some I personally would keep:

*8 pounds of each main rifle powder

*2 pounds of each main pistol powder

*4 pounds of each main shotgun powder

*Now if one of the powders I'd use in pistol is also a shotgun powder I use then I would double the amount of the two combined. If one of my shotgun powders is used for hunting, and say trap loads then double that powder amount.

*Primers I would say 2,000 of each time I reload for.

*Bullets I would say 500 of each per caliber, per type, and per gun.

Now if you are truly just reloading, and shooting on rare occasion it will be much less, but at the very least this is what I consider the minimum each reloader should have on hand no matter how little they shoot:

*2 pounds each of your main rifle powders

*1 pound each of your main pistol powders

*2 pounds each of your main shotgun powders

*300 of each primer type

*200 bullets per type per caliber

Red Dot is a light, and standard load powder for trap, and skeet shooting. It can also have applications in dove hunting, and in a pinch sporting clays. It also does have some handgun applications. It is a flat flake powder so you might have to up your bushing size then the one suggested depending on your loader. It is available in 1lb containers, and 4 & 8lb jugs.

I am going to start new blog entries titled "Real World Reviews". They are for us average Joes who don't have a ton of money to spend on gear. I know the majority of men, and women out there are like me, and don't have a ton of money to spend on outdoor gear.

So you now have the information on the different types of lead shot, what they are used for, and what shot weights are used in the field, and in competition. Now you need to pull out your reloading manual, reloading recipe book, or my favorite spot the Hodgdon website (Do note that all powder manufacturers will provide data online for their products, and you can even contact them through e-mail typically and they will give you more information), and get a couple ideas for loads.

In this blog I am going to go over the common types of loads, their shot sizes, what they are used for, and suggest powders. Now all this information is for the 12 Gauge 2 3/4" Winchester AA, Federal Gold Medal plastic, and Remington Nitro/STS/Gunclub  hulls with lead shot. Most powders listed are Hodgdon, IMR, or Winchester as it is what I mainly use so I have lot of experience with them. If you are not sure what shot type to use (chilled, drop shot, or magnum shot) please see the previous blog entry.

As we move closer to you creating your first load one of the important things we need to discuss is the types of shot. There are a few materials used for shot for shotguns. They are Lead (which has several different types), Bismuth (a non toxic shot), Steel (a non toxic shot), and the pile driver of non toxic shot Hevi-Shot.

Now when picking out your first initial shotgun press you need to keep it as simple, and basic as possible until you truly get the hang of things. A single stage press is going to be your best bet as you manually move the shell from station to station, and have total control of what is going on, and can see what is done every step of the way. The two main single stage presses that are great for beginners and old timers still use them are the Lee Load All II, and the MEC 600 Jr. Mark V.

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