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Longshot #11958209 04/08/17
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Anyone use Longshot for 12 gauge heavy loads?

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Re: Longshot [Re: hanco] #11958360 04/08/17
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Make sure tou use copper plated shot so it doesn't deform and blow out your pattern

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I loaded up some loads for pheasant hunting using Hodgdon's longshot for 1 1/4 and 1 3/8 oz loads. Longshot did not improve the patterns I was looking for so I stayed
with Alliant Bluedot and the now discontinued IMR-4756.

Longshot is surely "Speedy" but pattering is everything. I stopped using copper plated shot which is just soft shot that is copper plated. High antimony magnum shot I feel out performs most copper plated shot.

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Re: Longshot [Re: hanco] #11961005 04/09/17
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Make sure to buy high antimony copper-plated shot.

Re: Longshot [Re: hanco] #11972064 04/14/17
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I have used Longshot extensively in 12 ga 1 1/4 and 1 3/8 ounce loads for pheasant hunting, for years. I have never patterened it on paper but I seems to perform very well on pheasants. I shoot some copper plated, some nickel plated and some plain lead magnum shot. I have not chronographed my loads but the load data says 1400+ fps.
I also use it in 20 and 28 ga loads.


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Re: Longshot [Re: hanco] #11976016 04/16/17
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Maybe I'm just wrong headed. I see "magnum" velocity shot shells as causimg increased recoil,more setback, deforming even hard shot, and increased air resistance to slow the shot faster.

A 1200-1250mv has killed well for me with #s6,5,4.

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Re: Longshot [Re: hanco] #11976568 04/16/17
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I've shot a lot of buffered loads with it at very high velocities, but ended up having to go to a more open choke because the patterns were TOO tight. I could kill varmints at 80 yards using the full choke on a 1.5 oz load of 4's without trying hard......

Biggest problem I have is that it's LOUD.


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Re: Longshot [Re: hanco] #14473018 01/16/20
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My favorite pheasant load for many years has been 1&1/2 ounce of magnum 5s, a remington STS case, win red wad, win 209, and I think 29g of longshot. It chronographs at 1260 fps from my 26" beretta A400 and patterns very well with a modified tube.

I have taken many pheasants at extreme ranges with this load. I tried some of the faster 1400 fps plus 1&1/4 once loads but always came back to this 1.5 ounce load. It's been the only shotshell load I've loaded in about 15 years. I had an old guy take me with him on a guide pheasant hunt one year. He paid so he asked me just to back him up and let him empty his gun first. After I dumped multiple birds without a mis at longer range the guide finally came up and said' "I just got to ask, what the hell are you shooting?" He said he does this every day all fall and has never seen anyone drop birds like that. I handed him a shell and he said this must be a reload, no trap load weighs this much.

The company I worked for for 13 years had a corporate membership at a pay for planted birds place. They would buy 100 birds a year or more and every year but one no one came out and hunted so they told me to go shoot them all towards the end of season. I'd bring my brother because he had two dogs he was training. We shot hundreds of pheasants mostly with my 1.5 ounce #5 load.

I also love longshot in pistols. It's amazing in 40 and 10mm and great for midrange 44 and 357. It's a powder I buy bulk and always have on hand. It meters pretty good too.

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Run longshot in 28 gauge and 20 gauge. Have not found a load I really liked in 12 gauge. Patterns opened up to much in heavier payloads. HS7 seemed to produce better patterns but not FPS.


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Loaded it for fast, 1 1/8 loads for shooting Eurasian Doves. Load should have been running over 1400 fps. Worked fine, smacked them real good.

I picked a pound of it up on clearance somewhere, so thats why I tried it. Had no complaints but wouldnt do it again.


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