For those that shoot the M3K, what shells do you shoot? Looking for cheap break in rounds, cheap practice rounds, and for competing, good birdshot good slugs and good buckshot.
Thanks for all the help on this.
Once you get your shotgun broken in, people tend to use Federal Dove and target loads.
What you're looking to get is 2 3/4", 3 dram, 1 1/8 oz #8 loads. After you have about 1K-2K rounds through the shotgun, it should be able to cycle lighter loads like 2 3/4 dram. The dram number is basically the powder charge.
For slugs, you should try a few different managed/low recoil options. A lot of people shoot the Fiocci 7/8 oz low recoil slugs. The item number on those is 12LESLUG. They shoot POA at 50 yards, and slightly low at 100 yards. They're dead on as far as windage goes. They're scary accurate. The only issue with those is when it's cold out, sometimes they don't have enough power to cycle the action. I haven't had a chance to test out a couple of theories that I'm working on to solve that problem, but I will get a chance this year. I'm thinking that tossing a hand warmer in my pocket along with my slugs may heat them up enough to increase their velocity. The powder seems to be a bit temperature sensitive so that might help along with using a thinner oil.
The shells I'm using now are from a company called Clever, their Super Target Mirage. I'm using the lighter 2 3/4 dram, but they do sell the standard full power loads. You can find them here: http://www.gamaliel....993767C9AA292C9
Those Clever shells have been great. So far everyone that I know with a Stoeger who shoots those shells, hasn't had a problem with them. Other people have had issues, but they also are using different shotguns.
Walmart sells a bulk pack of target ammo, and last year it used to be the exact same ammo as the Dove and Target, however they changed the hull and the "brass" and the stuff is garbage. The shells are also a bit longer than the Dove and Target, and the crimps are terrible. For practice ammo, I think the Walmart Federal bulk packs would be fine, but I wouldn't use them in a match. They're far too inconsistent, and the rims are too soft causing the extractor to tear into them causing malfunctions.
Your best bet would be to buy a box of several different brands that are cheap and try them out. Just make sure you're not buying steel shot because shooting steel shot at steel targets would not be a good thing, and you'll get tossed from a match.
Aside from that, there are occasional calls for buckshot, and this is what almost everyone uses: http://www.gamaliel....litecontrol.asp
Some people like using Turkey Loads on spinner targets, and in general people use Prairie Storms on those. https://www.grafs.co...productId/25451
With regard to the Turkey loads, I wouldn't get those right away until you've had a chance to shoot a spinner with standard loads. The worst thing that can happen is you learn how to shoot them with a turkey load, and then you go to a match where they specify that no turkey loads are allowed.
It's definitely a lot of information, but it should be more than enough to get you started.
Just remember....when it comes to slugs, some people shoot full power sluggers. I don't know why, but I see it from time to time and it's pretty funny because they're punishing themselves for no good reason lol.