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Re: Reloading 2 1/2" RST 16 gauge
Larry,glad to see folks who like to shoot and load the 16g. Here is just a few thoughts on what you are seeking information on.The ring type sizer on Mec Jr. loaders can cause problems using these type cases.The ring sizers like to push the metal or brass down around the rim,causing the rim to be oversize and stick in your gun.Using a loader with a collet sizer works much better on these cases.The RST 16g cases are not a true 2.5" in length.They messure about 2.560" which is what the older Smith chambers were.I made a spacer for my MEC that is .190 thick which works better for me.I am not a big fan of the BPI SG-16 wads in these hulls.Because of the way this wad is made,it can twist easily being seated and go in crooked.This will cause a blooper effect when fired.This problem can be helped by ironing your hulls on a heated steel shaft of proper size before loading.A word to the wise on loading extra low pressure loads:Certain powders are not user friendly in low pressure loading.In cases where large amounts of unburned powder is left in the barrel an effect of a load hang firing or going off twice can happen.This condition can bulge a barrel and you may wonder what caused it to happen.I would be glad to chat about loading by phone if you like. 410-756-2095 Charlie.