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10 Gauge SxS with RB, Range Report 3-24-16
Old 03-24-2016, 06:05 PM
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Default 10 Gauge SxS with RB, Range Report 3-24-16

So I was pretty excited to shoot the 10 gauge SxS shotgun using Round Ball. My intent based on reading Lyman's reloading manual and things written on the internet was to start with a charge of 110 grains. This seemed "mild" based on what I had read. In the Lyman book, 140 grains was the max charge listed. However, after 'conversing' with Alboy here: http://thehunterslife.com/forums/sho...t=16358&page=2, I decided to start with 90 grains instead.

The target was still at 50 yards having finished shooting the Zouave. http://thehunterslife.com/forums/showthread.php?t=18980

I charged the right barrel with 90 grains of Alliant "MZ" and seated a 0.754" roundball on top of a prelubed patch and rammed it home. Then I repeated for the left barrel. I set the shotgun in the "lead sled" that JaDub had made for me, put a #11 cap on the nipple, kocked the hammer and "let fly".


Knocked the snot outta me!

I REALLY hadn't expected that because I had used a charge of 110 behind a .58 caliber RB in the Zouave and it was what I would call almost 'mild'. I REALLY didn't expect the whack in the face I got. I tried to 'adjust' my hold, and shot the left barrel. Essentially no difference. The thing was beating me up BRUTALLY. Here's a picture of the target after those first two shots.

You should be able to recognize the two .75 caliber holes. They are to the lower left off the paper targets but still on the backstop.

YOWZUH! The main problem was that the piece was rotating up at the shot and hitting me hard in the face. The "recoil" per se wasn't so bad, but the "up into my face" as a function of the stock design was killin' me. I loaded both barrels again and this time I "grabbed on to it" by only resting the forearm on a rest and holding the butt to my shoulder and my hand gripping tightly the forearm. It was still VERY unpleasant to shoot.

I had had enough of 90 grains! I charged the barrels with 65 grains. That was "OK". Here's the target.

Not bad. I rushed the second shot and it went off target.

I LOVE those .75 caliber holes! But DANG! I've gotta do something about that stock. It's downright sadistic.

While all of this was going on the range was filling up. I don't like to shoot with a lot of people at the range so I decided to call it a day. I'll have to see what velocity 65 grains produces in a 621-grain projectile. I'm sure I could stand the recoil of at least 90 grains from a well-designed stock, but there is no way I'm doing that any more without SOMETHING to mitigate the rotation of the stock into my cheekbone.

Did I mention I love those .75 caliber holes?!

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