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Unread 03-31-2020, 06:01 PM   #1
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Looking for some help on load date for a Parker 16 gauge I recently purchased. I've been using some RST Ultra Light loads that work fine but are costly. Can anyone provide some date for various light pressure loads using 2 1/2 shells.
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Unread 03-31-2020, 08:12 PM   #2
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Lots of info here if you look at past posts in the reloading forum. But yes less costly alternatives exist. Since you already have some RST hulls(hope you saved them), I would use those, and empty primed cheddite hulls can also be purchased thru BPI or precision reloading. BTW RST hulls are cheddite hulls. Hogdon's reloading site has good loads for 2 1/2" cheddite hulls , both 7/8 and 3/4. I load the following- taken from Hogdons.

1. Cheddite 2 1/2" hull /Universal 19.5-19.9 gr /Win209 primer or cheddite209
SG16 wad/ 7/8 oz lead--gives 1125 to 1150 fps and 7500 psi

2. Cheddite 2 1/2" hull/ International 16 gr/ win or cheddite 209 primer/
DR16 wad/ 3/4 oz lead--1150 fps @ 6200 psi

Both are soft shooting loads you will like, good luck
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Nash thanks so much for your reply and recommendation.. John Federici
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John here are some recipes that I saved as furnished by Nick Sisley. If you are not familiar with Mr. Sisley he was a noted outdoor writer and was known for his shotgun expertise. A number of the loads require 7625 and PB which is nearly impossible to obtain but there are several others that may be of interest. I cannot vouch for any of them as I do not reload the 16, yet. Good luck !
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good loads Randy, I listed Universal and International because they are easily found. I still have 4 #'s of 7625 and a # of PB. I found them at a gun show last year, and made the guy an offer on them, $100 for all. I'd like to load some shells up and see if I can tell any performance difference between Universal vs 7625 in 7/8 loads and International vs PB in 3/4 oz loads.
BTW, I printed those recipies off and put them I my reloading files.
I sub between the Win 209 and Cheddite 209 primers--but don't know anything about Nobelsport
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I use the same load Harold recommended with International powder. I have some Dr16 wads, but can't find them.
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Problems at the Downrange factory has them temporaraly out of production. I have heard
they are about ready to resume production, so hopefully will be available soon .
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Want to thank all for your suggestions. New to the relic shotgun game as I've been a competitive Trapshooter for many years .. thanks again, John Federici
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John,

The trouble I've found with factory shells are they are too damn expensive and too hot. Hardly anything out there in a 7/8 oz load or even a 1 oz load under 1200 fps. Tell us about your 16?

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Harold I purchased these locally some time back in the fall, 20 lbs worth. I did so in anticipation of the day when I reload for the 16. I was thinking this would be a post retirement venture but the way things are headed I may have some extra time sooner than expected.
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