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    Also works in the 410 shotgun.

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    8mm Cast load for me that chronos at 2030fps is 24.9 gr. 2400 under the lyman 165gr boolit cast from coww, gas checked with hornady checks and lubed and size to .323. 1 inch groups at 100 yd and enough power to drop a deer at up to 150yds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MtGun44 View Post
    Jeff! Were you guys out of 2400! Not good.
    Hope it wasn't long, it is such a mainstay powder for cast rifle and mag
    handgun loads. Is there an ADI powder that is close?

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    Alliant was not available at all here for many, many years. I rate 2400 over H4227.

    We get the privilege of paying twice what you do for ADI powders even though they are made just over the ditch. The Alliant is actually cheaper.
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    Do you use 2400 with a powder positioner, Jeff? Wool, I'd assume? My AR2205 is about used up so now I'm thinking of 2400 as a replacement. Can someone post a photo of the stuff please? I have to be careful with powder appearance. I wouldn't want to confuse it with W748 and blow myself up, for example! Yeah, I know but I am absent minded and I have survived this long by taking extra precautions. I already have some Lil'Gun but find it a trifle faster in the 303 Brit. (Great stuff for the hornet).
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    Quote Originally Posted by williamwaco View Post
    I have been using 2400 since 1956 in .38 Special, .357 Mag. .41 Mag, .44 Mag., .30-30, .38-55.
    Hmmm, no mention of the Hornet.

    OK, yall have convinced me. I've had a can of 2400 in my hand on two separate occasions in the last month and put it back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 303Guy View Post
    Do you use 2400 with a powder positioner, Jeff? Wool, I'd assume?.
    Aboslutely. One of my wool wads. Makes a difference.
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    I found the remainder of the wool wads you so kindly sent me to sample. The wool seems to burn up completely, no little balls of fizzled Dacron. It has an 'aroma' of its own, doesn't it.
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    Vintage Kegs?

    I go through a Keg of 2400 every few months. I've been finding other uses for the empty kegs but since Alliant changed the label last year these might be "Vintage". What do you think should be opening Flebay bid for a "Genuine Vintage Plastic 2400 Powder Keg".
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    Holy cow Mal. What do you do? Use it for fertiliser?
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    If I could only have two pistol powders, 2400 would be one of them (Unique the other). There are powders that give higher velocities than 2400, but their range of loads is much narrower. With 2400 you can make 44 mag loads that are really pleasant to shoot, or you can make them stiff enough to hunt with.

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    Nice pic of the empty cans--but--- I see some bogus cans thrown in for effect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffinNZ View Post
    Holy cow Mal. What do you do? Use it for fertiliser?
    I shoot 44 Mag. About 1,000 rounds a month. I've burned 112 pounds mostly 19g at a time which is 41,263 rounds. Sounds about right. I started with 296/H110 but found 2400 a better match for my 4 & 6 inch revolvers. I'm sure I found the 2400 info (and everything else) here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gray wolf View Post
    Nice pic of the empty cans--but--- I see some bogus cans thrown in for effect.
    No Bogus Cans! I pealed the labels off some to put on 1 pound bottles for the bench and my ammo box. They are all empty 2400 kegs. That's just the empty ones I saved and none of the full ones.

    They are fairly heavy HDPE and as you can see I've been experimenting making parts bins out of them. For a few years I'd been tossing them in a corner intending to use them for something. Earlier this year I cleaned that corner and counted my empties. I started laughing thinking No Way but I had burned 100 lbs by then.

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    Have used 2400 for medium hot loads in .357 and .41 Mag for the better part of 45 years!

    Have recently found it makes a good propellant for 300 BLK and 338 Spectre as well.

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    How about Hercules 2400 for 45 LC loads

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    2400 would be an excellent choice for "ruger only" loads in 45 colt.

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    That was my first powder behind a 158g hornady swaged bullet. 14g and leaded like crazy. I got an intro to the Lewis lead remover.

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    Used 2400 since the eighties in 357 mag and cast loads in 308 .my favourite powder for flexibility in loading and meters well through power measures.

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    The most accurate load I've ever shot in a .45 Colt is with #2400. Nosler lists it in their manual as such. 20.0gr #2400, 250gr JHP. Gets 1,200 fps from 5.5" Ruger.
    My 24"bbl WinM94 shoots it to 1,700fps, 1" groups at 100yds with 250gr XTP.

    Gets 1,500fps with 310gr Lee FNGC. Once shot a 5-shot, one hole group at 25yds with my RedHawk with this load. It wasn't fun to shoot, though!!!

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    Just a quick comment on the question about so few mentions of 2400 in rifles... it was designed primarily for reduced loads when used in “full size” rifle cases, a style of loading few rifle shooters embrace that heavily. Once old Elmer Keith and his cohorts found out how well it worked in hot pistol loads, that skewed the interest away from “low performance” rifle loads to “high performance” revolver loads. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

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BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check