- 350 loads - 1 1/8 12 gauge
400 loads - 1oz 12 gauge
450 loads - 20 gauge
525 loads - 28 gauge
800 loads - .410
I don't think many will turn completely to the .410 for practice, and its not a good idea anyway, but I can see many throwing a few boxes in the bag each week, or every other week being a .410 practice week.
It seems that reloading for many sporting clays shooters is not even a consideration, as many don't think twice about buying a case of factory. Well, it is for this shooter...
Some load 7/8 ounce in the 12, and most report no decrease in scores. This could be the way to go.
I can see reloading 28 gauge #8's for sporting clays practice, as I can reload for under $3 a box. I have a set of lite mod chokes for my tube set that work pretty well on courses where IC choke is all you need when shooting the 12.
I also might give the same load a try at 16-yard trap and see how it goes. A few years back someone was pushing the 28 gauge as a sub gauge event in the ATA, but it never got off the ground. More than a few trap shooters have 28 gauge tubes.
For the 12 & 20 I was thinking of going to a cheaper primer, but I still see conflicting information on the talk boards. I think I'm going to have some serious discussions over the winter with different shooters and see what is working and what problems I can expect to run into.