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Thread: Whay do you reload with Red Dot?

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    Oops - double tap
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    I acquired 2 jugs of Promo, but don't load for shotgun. I was told 13 grs in a 30-06, but don't remember the bullet weight - guessing 150gr.
    I look forward to using this powder.

    I know Kestrel4k has done a lot of work with RD - hopefully he will chime in.

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    Convinced yet?

    Yes I have some promo, using it in the shotgun reloader at the moment.

    I do have my RCBS powder measure setup with Red Dot. Normally it is dialed in for 4.6 grains. But if I am loaded 50 or more I will run it up to wherever is needed.

    The other thing I do is I have a growing collection of dippers I have made.
    For smaller quantity's I use a dipper and weigh. One full dipper gets me close, then a few grains lets me bring it up to exact. Does not take that long to run 20.

    I really like being able to stock quantity's of one powder that covers most jobs. Then I also keep a few old favorites on hand. Like 3-4 pounds of both IMR 4895 and 3031. Plus some other odds and ends. But mostly it is the Red Dot I use.

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    Promo (cheaper bulk Red Dot equivalent ) has become one of my favorites for 40 S&W, 38 special and for suppressed heavy 300 Blackout in a bolt gun.
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    I went through 32 pounds of it in the late 70's in 38 specials and 45 acp. I use it today in my .348 winchester, where I size 358-429's to .351 and load over 13.0 grains of Red Dot. Two cartridges that are particularly well suited to Red Dot are the 44 Special, 5.5 grains under a 250 grain RCBS 44-245kt and 4.5 grains under a 230 grain NOE WC, and the 45 Colt, where just about any boollit can be made to shoot well, Somewhere between 5.5 and 6.5 grains of Red Dot depending on the boolit weight and you'll be pleased.

    The only fly in the ointment is in small charges and Powder measures. Red Dot does not meter well. When you get down below 3 grains, you start to have sufficient variance to mess up your groups.
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    I use it in...
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    Quote Originally Posted by sghart3578 View Post
    30-06
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    OK - 30-30 and J bullets? Like the Sierra 125HP?

    I'm finding Varget and 3031 gets expensive quick for fun 100 yard and less work.

    Educate me please!

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    I use it with my 12 ga slugs and buckshot

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    Quote Originally Posted by wbrco View Post
    OK - 30-30 and J bullets? Like the Sierra 125HP?

    I'm finding Varget and 3031 gets expensive quick for fun 100 yard and less work.

    Educate me please!

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    I have never tried Red Dot with a jacketed bullet in 30-30 (or anything now that I think of it).

    I load the Lee 309-150 and 170 bullets as well as the NOE 311041.

    If I am not mistaken the max listed load for Red Dot in 30-30 is 8 gr. I use 7 gr with a lot of success.

    I don't know why you couldn't load jacketed over the same powder charge.


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    I once spent some time with the Lyman 47 and found Red Dot to have the most loads listed per caliber. The challenge would be to find something it didn't work in.
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    7.62X25 Tokarev.

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    I use it for a little of everything,mostly when I need reduced loads for the grandkids,it used to be available in one pound cardboard can but I picked up a couple of kegs back in the 80's.still using them, I do like my bullseye and unique powders Too. As long as I can get them
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    In almost 4 years of looking I have not found a caliber that it won't work in.

    Thanks to RG1911 for reminding me about the 7.62x25, yep loaded that one too, 3 grains under the Lee .314 90 gr TC sized down to .310. Good as factory accuracy and function. Bit less noise, and muzzle blast.

    If I could find a cheap source for bowling balls I would have built a bowling ball cannon that shoots small charges of Red Dot. But the dang balls were too expensive.

    Still tempting.

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    38 special, 9mmP, .40 S&W, .45Acp, .45 Colt, and cast boolit loads in several rifles.

    I hear you can even use it in shotgun shells.
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    I use it is most of my pistol applications, depending on what purpose the rounds are loaded to do. One of my newest ventures is shooting it out of my REM. 788 chambered in .222 . Pushing a powder coated 225055 sp no gas check,over 5.5 gr. Of Red dot. Testing is in its infancy , however it shows great promise.
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    Just remembered: .30 Luger, usually with a 93-gr cast and a magnum primer (necessary to get the action to cycle on this particular model 1923 Luger).

    Richard

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    It's only the last year that you could even buy Red Dot; most the last 8 years it was nowhere to be found. It would show up and get sold out in no time at all.

    C.E. Harris had an article about 13 grains of RD as a reduced charge in almost any bolt action rifle. No recoil and less noise. If you had to use only one powder, RD would be it.

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    3.8gr under a 124gr in my 9mm just awesome
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    Quote Originally Posted by Geezer in NH View Post
    Great Read!


    Thnx!



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