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Thread: Mixed loads #12 and #9 shot

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    Boolit Master wonderwolf's Avatar
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    Mixed loads #12 and #9 shot

    There are few things about this hobby that scream frugal but one thing I like doing is scrounging...I have several dozen ways I keep from spending way more than I have to with the gun stuff.

    Somebody had discarded a bunch of 12ga #9 shot loads at the range, must not have liked their results I guess as they had only shot a few out of the box and tossed the rest of the box in the spent hulls bucket (which I scrounge in for specialty hulls as well). I decided I wouldn't try to shoot them (they were clearly factory but I had no need to try #9 shot, instead I would pull them down.

    I have a good stash of #12 shot but have always wondered what a mixed load of something smaller than 7's or 7.5"s would do. By volume I mixed 1/2 of each #12 and #9 and loaded up some 38/357 speer capsules, using 38 spl cases and 5.5 of Unique. My pattern was a lot denser with this mix than with just #12 or just #9 shot. I think this will be my new staple payload for this application. I tested loads at 3 and 10 paces and was surprised at the density. I also reaffirmed that longer barrels give poor results, My LCR always patterns the best.

    Anybody else tried mixed shot loads?
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    no, but sounds like I just might now.
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    That is something to look into. for the mix shoot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wonderwolf View Post
    There are few things about this hobby that scream frugal but one thing I like doing is scrounging...I have several dozen ways I keep from spending way more than I have to with the gun stuff.

    Somebody had discarded a bunch of 12ga #9 shot loads at the range, must not have liked their results I guess as they had only shot a few out of the box and tossed the rest of the box in the spent hulls bucket (which I scrounge in for specialty hulls as well). I decided I wouldn't try to shoot them (they were clearly factory but I had no need to try #9 shot, instead I would pull them down.

    I have a good stash of #12 shot but have always wondered what a mixed load of something smaller than 7's or 7.5"s would do. By volume I mixed 1/2 of each #12 and #9 and loaded up some 38/357 speer capsules, using 38 spl cases and 5.5 of Unique. My pattern was a lot denser with this mix than with just #12 or just #9 shot. I think this will be my new staple payload for this application. I tested loads at 3 and 10 paces and was surprised at the density. I also reaffirmed that longer barrels give poor results, My LCR always patterns the best.

    Anybody else tried mixed shot loads?
    Yes, but not with #9 & #12. I've used #9 since day 1. I got low on #9 and went looking for a box of factory loads with #9, but couldn't find any. I did find a box loaded with #8 and mixed the #8 and #9. I was always satisfied with the #9 shot and the mix seems to work just as well - the only time I really use any is during the fall when we are getting our hunting lease ready for the upcoming season.
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    Wonderwolf,

    For many years I dove hunted with 12ga ounce and an eighth loads of 7.5, 8's, and 9's. Rabbit and squirrel got 6's, 7.5's, and 8's.

    It was simply a matter of having several partial bags of shot and a conscious decision to mix it to maximise load effectiveness for shots typical for my hunting conditions. Nothing new, waterfowl loads have been offered in duplex loads for quite some time.
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    I'd be interested to hear about penetration. Do you have any plans to get get some data on penetration at various yardages. I know what you have now will kill, snakes forms and mice. But I'd like to know how much penetration you get on something like a 3/16" piece of leather. Does the 12 penetrate or just the 9 shot, or neither. Maybe a few wet magazines.

    The barrel length observations are intriguing.

    Thanks for the post. I look forward to reading about future tests and results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RSB View Post
    I'd be interested to hear about penetration. Do you have any plans to get get some data on penetration at various yardages. I know what you have now will kill, snakes forms and mice. But I'd like to know how much penetration you get on something like a 3/16" piece of leather. Does the 12 penetrate or just the 9 shot, or neither. Maybe a few wet magazines.

    The barrel length observations are intriguing.

    Thanks for the post. I look forward to reading about future tests and results.
    I had not thought of using leather as a test media, I'll have to try that. I do plan on doing some wet pack testing of several different loads this weekend I'll include shot loads to my list!
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    If you load mixed shot loads it will be better not to mix them. Loading the smaller shot first and then topping off with the larger shot will produce better patterns.

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