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    Quote Originally Posted by Nobade View Post
    The trick is .4641 times the diameter of the bore (or ID of the shotcup) to get the ideal size for stacking in threes.
    The commercial loads of triple ought 000 .36 stack 2x2.
    To stack true .36 cal spheres the internal diameter needed is .72.
    Ranger Elite 12ga preslit wad Diameter: .715" Wall Thickness: .040"
    So it would be a tight fit.
    If the wad walls are much thicker than it likely will not work for .36 caliber buck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry54 View Post
    It might work in brass hulls. Probably a little snug in plastic. Might dimple the hull. Could cause hard chambering. #1 would fit better but I havenít checked how well it fits.
    Thank you.

    One way to find out I guess.

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    You can use a 4 mil (0.004") mylar wrap as the two 000 stacked are 0.72" and the mylar adds 0.004" for 0.008" total and the aggregate is 0.728". But I would use nothing tighter than an Improved Cylinder choke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RMc View Post
    Be sure to post your 40 yard pattern tests here.



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    As requested. 40 yard pattern. Ten pellets of home cast 0 buckshot. As cast. Not tumbled. Ten and twenty inch circles drawn with a compass.

    Recipe is in post #37

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    https://castboolits.gunloads.com/sho...arty%92s-Molds

    I’ll go ahead and plug my want to buy samples thread here and try to generate some more interest in it. It’s probably lost in the sauce in the swapping and selling section.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Petander View Post
    Thank you.

    One way to find out I guess.
    I was wrong. #1 buckshot is a sloppy fit in a Fiocchi 20 gauge hull. Mine measure 0.301” and the inside of the hull measures 0.630”

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry54 View Post
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    I was wrong. #1 buckshot is a sloppy fit in a Fiocchi 20 gauge hull. Mine measure 0.301” and the inside of the hull measures 0.630”
    I wonder how these guys are doing it ?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Petander View Post
    I wonder how these guys are doing it ?

    That’s a good question. If I were to load #1 in 20 gauge with the hulls shown in my photo, I would use a Teflon or Mylar wrap to make the inside diameter slightly smaller. Then I would load eight or ten pellets (I used a new 3” hull for visualization purposes) stacked in pairs. Pour buffer in so there’s a flat surface to crimp against.

    So how are they loading nine pellets???

    Are they using undersized pellets and stacking in clusters of three? Are their hulls thinner, allowing stacks of three? Or both?

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    I searched Monarch 20 gauge #1 buckshot and found Academy sports has the same image you posted.

    Monarch is their cheap store brand. I had a bad experience with the brand with pistol bullets getting pushed deeper into the case when going from the magazine to the chamber. (A condition that increases chamber pressure!) I forget what country they were manufactured in, but haven’t touched the brand since that incident.

    I would not be surprised if something shady to outright deceptive was going on with that particular product. Best case is they are using “European sizing” and smaller pellets are being loaded in stacks of three...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry54 View Post

    I would not be surprised if something shady to outright deceptive was going on with that particular product. Best case is they are using “European sizing” and smaller pellets are being loaded in stacks of three...
    Could be that. Why,oh why, can't we all just talk about actual pellet diameters instead of a bunch of zeros...

    EDIT: I googled Monarch ammo. Got headache. It is made in Philippines,Spain,Serbia,Russia, Brazil and Canada,to name a few.

    No way to find out. Better stay clear.
    Last edited by Petander; 06-21-2024 at 01:51 PM. Reason: Google

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