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Bismuth Shot: 20ga Field Loads

 

“This is beyond outstanding, thank you so very much!  The load data is commendable, it is clear you understand what you are doing.  I hunt with a fixed choke barrel on a gun my two grandfathers went in on for my 14th birthday.  And I hunt with bad ears and in places where non-toxic shot is required.  By getting me a recipe for bismuth where the velocities are below supersonic in cool weather I can keep me and my gun in business until I can no longer walk the woods - I am grateful…Grouse season opened here on last Saturday (as you well know).  I went to a spot where I could shoot my 3/4 oz lead # 7 1/2 loads and a couple of birds went down solidly.  I consistently see the light loads work within typical field ranges…Going forward I would suggest loads of the week try to incorporate one subsonic load with velocities (1075 fps is about perfect) for guys like me, kids and new hunters; we need to protect this sport forever and your services making good loads will go a long way to that happening.”

-Micheal G.
 Northern Minnesota

 

This range of 20ga bismuth loads were inspired by Michael G. in the north woods of Minnesota. These loads range from a light subsonic load to a 1-ounce heavy-hitter. The test loads were lab tested with bismuth #6 shot. Therefore, larger pellet sizes may not utilize the filler wads.

 

Load#180914-10641

HULL:  Fiocchi 20-gauge 2.75” 

PRIMER: F616 

PROPELLANT:  IMR Blue 20.0 Grains

WAD: TPS 20g 2-3/4” + (2) 18FW28 in wad base

SHOT:  7/8 oz. (383 gr.) Bismuth Shot

FOLD CRIMP:  6-point used with OS20 overshot card

Results: 7435 PSI  1075 FPS

 

Load#180914-10642

HULL:  Fiocchi 20-gauge 2.75” 

PRIMER: F616 

PROPELLANT:  IMR Blue 22.0 Grains

WAD: TPS 20g 2-3/4” + (2) 18FW28 in wad base

SHOT:  7/8 oz. (383 gr.) Bismuth Shot

FOLD CRIMP:  6-point used with OS20 overshot card

Results: 9200 PSI  1185 FPS

 

Load#180914-10643

HULL:  Fiocchi 20-gauge 2.75” 

PRIMER: F616 

PROPELLANT:  Alliant Steel 21.0 Grains

WAD: TPS 20g 2-3/4” + (1) 18FW28 in wad base

SHOT:  1 oz. (437 gr.) Bismuth Shot

FOLD CRIMP:  6-point

Results: 10,075 PSI  1270 FPS

Happy hunting & safe shooting,

-The Curmudgeon 

 

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