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    Quote Originally Posted by TCLouis View Post
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    Any velocity info on that 338 Mag loading?
    Somewhere around 1475 fps. Accuracy wasn't too bad, about 1.5 inches at 85 yards. I didn't do any fine tuning since I pretty much just shoot at steel swinging targets off a pair of shooting sticks while sitting in my front yard.
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    I run 13.9 go Red Dot under a NOE 312290 (222.8 gr) in a 300 win mag.

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    I shoot the NOE 30 Hunter 190gr plain base in my Rem. 788 .308 with 10.5gr Redot @ 1325fps and five shot groups less than .75" @ 100 yards.Attachment 202582
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    I seem to remember a 9mm load using 4.0 gr of Red Dot under a Lee 105 gr SWC. Now I can't find it. I'm getting ready to load a bunch for son and DIL to use for practice in a Ruger P95 and S&W Shield. I haven't given them the Shield yet so I plan to break it in to see if this boolit will work but don't want to start loading without more guidance on the load of Red Dot.

    I'm not worried about the P95. It seems to digest just about anything fed thru it.

    Anybody got a confirmation or recommendation?
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    alamogunr that is the 9mm load I have used for a couple of years now with no problems. I don't like messing with the Pro 1000 once it's set up and smooth and with that recipe I have no need or intention to.

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    Thanks! I'm going to set up the Dillon 550B and load a few to put across the chrono and see how they hit the target at about 15 yds. I'm very careful about loads that I give to sons(& DIL's).

    Before I posted above, I threw a few charges to see how they looked. There shouldn't be any risk of an overcharge.
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    I have shot Red Dot in 9mm from 3 to 4.5 grains with 124, 125, 158 gr cast.
    It all works, the higher end loads I use in my Hipoint Carbine, or my 9mm handi rifle.

    I have shot them in the Hipoint C9 but they are a bit snappy for my taste.

    3 to 3.5 is pretty mellow especially with the lighter bullets.

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    With the exception of Maybe the belted magnum stuff I can't think of anything you could not work up a god load for . It is in my top 4 and has been for over 50 years .
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    I've always used Red Dot for handgun and even some reduced rifle loads. If you search for "The Load" by C.E. Harris, you'll find some interesting info. And, when powder was "hard to come by", no problem with "shotgun powders".

    1.4 gr Red Dot under 100 gr RFN in .380 ACP
    4.0 gr Red Dot under 125 gr RFN in 9mm
    4.0 gr Red Dot under 125 gr RFN in .38 Spl
    4.5 gr Red Dot under 150 gr TC in .40 S&W
    5.0 gr Red Dot under 200 gr SWC in .45 ACP
    6.0 gr Red Dot under 250 gr SWC/RFN in .44 mag or .45 Colt

    Too many 12 ga shotshell recipes to list here. All light field or target loads.

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    I know it ain't Red Dot, but don't overlook other "fast" shotgun powders. I saw my buddy shoot a 200 yd group out of his scoped Marlin 336 in .30-30 that I had loaded 10 gr of Green Dot under a 170 gr Lee RFN GC that grouped into a little less than three inches. I would not have believed it had I not seen it. Yes, it dropped close to two feet, but the group was awesome.

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    I got Red Dot a few years back when other powders couldn't be found. It seems to burn cleaner at least my opinion than say WW231 does. I've found it to be accurate and another favorite like UNIQUE in my book. Being older than some I tend to be stuck in my ways and prefer the older powders over the newer ones that I haven't tried. I've loaded 9mm, 38/357, 44 mag, and 45LC with it and been very happy. I've never tried it in 45 acp simply because WW231 has been my favorite in that cartridge. I will have to try it in my 1911's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rattlesnake Charlie View Post
    I've always used Red Dot for handgun and even some reduced rifle loads. If you search for "The Load" by C.E. Harris, you'll find some interesting info. And, when powder was "hard to come by", no problem with "shotgun powders".

    1.4 gr Red Dot under 100 gr RFN in .380 ACP
    4.0 gr Red Dot under 125 gr RFN in 9mm
    4.0 gr Red Dot under 125 gr RFN in .38 Spl
    4.5 gr Red Dot under 150 gr TC in .40 S&W
    5.0 gr Red Dot under 200 gr SWC in .45 ACP
    6.0 gr Red Dot under 250 gr SWC/RFN in .44 mag or .45 Colt

    Too many 12 ga shotshell recipes to list here. All light field or target loads.
    Here is an online downloadable version to read of , "The Load of 13 Grains of Red Dot", By C.E. Harris
    https://www.scribd.com/document/2814...f-Red-Dot-docx

    Good read, IMO.
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Abbreviations used in Reloading

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