Re: The Win FEATHERLIGHT "AA"s are not suitable
Posted by Steve Arnett on April 11, 2011, 9:12 am, in reply to "The Win FEATHERLIGHT "AA"s are not suitable"
Jent's experience differs from mine. A couple of years ago, I was shooting with a group at Lehigh Valley, and I ran out of my reloads. I picked up a couple of boxes of Featherlights or whatever they call them. 26 gm. (13/16 oz.) #8's at 980 ft./sec. They sound like bloopers because they are sub-sonic. However, I broke targets regularly at 35 yds., going away over the water. Truth is, you's be amazed how quickly the velocity of a standard 1,200 ft./sec. load drops down to the muzzle velocity of these loads. You really only give up about 10 yds. of effective range with them. I was shooting them in a FW 12 ga. and I don't recall having the issue described with firing pins holding up opening the gun. |
In today's litigous society, ammo makers have stopped publishing pressures, so there's no way of finding out whether this was a factor for this case. I did ask a Remington rep. about the pressures of the Managed Recoil load they make (7/8 oz. # 8 1/2's @ 1,100 ft./sec). He wouldn't give me a number, but said that the pressures were comparable to other STS loads.
There are a LOT of Smith shooters that go to great lengths to shoot reloads that don't exceed 7,000 l.u.p., some far less than that, with very slow powders such as 7625 or 4756. I haven't heard of any complaints about firing pins sticking in the primer indentation.
The only time I had a tough-to-open gun was with the same FW mentioned above, when it had a broken firing pin. The nose of the pin was floating around in the breach face, but wouldn't fall through. It would still fire, but was obviously a problem, both opening and closing the gun.