Cheddite 1-1/16 oz. Green Dot 19.0 Ched 209 BPI Z 16 1240 11,000 BPI
Looking through the RFS manual it is pretty obvious that if you want/need to throw that much lead at that those speeds out of a 16ga you might look toward getting some slower burning powders, BD, Herco, 800x, etc. were all listed.
Oh & just in case you're shooting a light field gun, can also recommend;
Green Dot is a poor choice of powder for 1 1/8oz , and don't think you will get any where close to 1250 fps with it . I know nothing about 20/28 for the 16ga , doubt you will find any data for 1 1/8 oz . Longshot and 800x are much better powders for that application .
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I agree with the others that Green Dot is not ideal for 1 1/8 oz loads, but here's one that has been working well for myself and member Black Belt. He's seriously reduced the rabbit population with these and has crushed a number of pheasants using nickel-plated 6's or 6.5's. I haven't had a chance to use them much because I have so much good factory ammo I'm working through, but he's been praising these loads for years.
Source: Precision Reloading Manual
Primer: Win 209
Shot: 1 1/8 oz.
Powder: Green Dot 16.8 gr. (I load 17.0)
Wad: B&P (known as Z16 or Field Commander)
Pressure: 9510 psi
I wouldn't put any more powder in than the 16.8- 17.0 or the pressure will escalate fast. the very low 1200's fps is IT for velocity with Green Dot. That said, these have worked well in very cold weather
Last edited by Dave Erickson on Tue Feb 07, 2017 4:46 am; edited 1 time in total
Dave , that looks like a good load , 1200 fps is plenty fast enough and you have tested field experience with it , which I like . I just never though of Green dot for 1 1/8oz , might have to give that one a try , thanks for the info .
Thanks, guys. This is the kind of info I need. I have some Blue Dot on my handgun reloading bench, so will try that first. I'll pick up some 800x or Longshot if necessary.
I have a very specific application for these loads.
The vast majority of my 16 ga. shooting is 7/8 - 1 oz. loads at +/- 1,200 fps.
However, after much trial with factory and handloads, I learned that on long, difficult targets on the sporting clays course, I am most successful using Nobel Sport 1 1/16 oz. factory loads at 1,330.
Since my MEC 118 charge bar throws a an actual shot charge of 1 1/16 oz., I reasoned that if I can load that to around 1,300 I will have a pretty good mimic of the NS factory load.
Regarding powders, I use Am. Select for 12 ga target loads and for 3/4 and 7/8 oz. loads in the 16 ga. 20/28 is the trick for 1 oz. 16 ga. and for 20 and 28 ga. When AS and 20/28 ran short, I picked up some Green Dot and that does it all in place of both AS and 20/28.
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