I'm beginning to study the same question. I'm loading 2 1/2 in hulls exclusively now, both shortened and purchased and I have 1 LB PB left. I am looking for a suitable replacement for mostly 7/8 oz loads but some 1 oz loads in cheddite , shortened fiocchi, and shortened RGL. I decided if I think I need 1 1/8 oz for Phez, I'll buy'em!
Neither Kicked my last 8 lb. keg of Green Dot last year and have gone to IMR Green. Not even looking back.
Used to use both Green Dot and International for the 20 and 16. Which ever I could get cheaper. Or a few years ago which ever one I could get my hands on. I use Clays for the 12 ga. Well used to, it isn't even worth reloading for the 12 and 20 for me anymore.
Remember the 12 lb. kegs of powder? Got this keg of Red Dot in late 83
Take my time and looking for sales and free shipping I can get ready to shoot ammo at the same price it would cost me to load them in the 12 and 20. If I am truly accurate in my total costs, even buying in bulk from a wholesaler that comes up from Iowa couple of times a year.
At one time you couldn't even buy 7/8 oz. loads in 12 ga. Now it is not a problem from several sources. Even get 3/4 oz. in 20. Not ready to get rid of any of my MEC 9000's yet though, or one of Ben's first automates which eventually MEC bought the rights from him as the 9000E. I don't have to keep my fingers on the buttons just tap and grab a hull and wad with each hand. But still not as easy as having completed rounds delivered to my door for about the same price. The 16 is a different story.
Okay Cold Iron, this begs the question, why IMR Green instead of Green Dot since they use the same data and do the same thing? Cleaner? At some point I will run out of Green Dot and if IMR Green has some worthwhile advantage I could be convinced to try it.
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IMR Green is cleaner than green dot IME and most others seem to have found the same. But availability is a big reason I switched in the beginning. Those that have chronographed the 2 have found less SD with IMR Green. With shotgun loads that isn't something I get carried away with however. IMR is also a little bit cheaper from my suppliers and a larger factor to me than anything else.
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