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    Data 2200 powder

    I picked up a couple jugs of Accurate Data 2200 powder a while back, and have been trying to work up a .223 load with it.

    My understanding is that this powder, the old Data powder as opposed to the newer canister 2200, was a surplus powder. Anyone out there ever notice faster or slower lots with it?

    Working up a load, I'm using both a Rem 700 in .223 with a 24" barrel, and an AR 5.56 with a 16" barrel. I'm using 55fmj bullets. My chronograph seems to be accurate, as I've tested it with factory rounds that clock pretty much where I expected. The jugs were sealed, look and smell fine.

    The issue I'm having is it appears to be slower than expected. I'm going off the data on the jug label, and data for the newer 2200 (close to the same), but the measured velocity is significantly less, by at least 200 fps for the listed maximum. I even went over the listed maximum charge by a fair amount with absolutely no signs of excess pressure, even in the tight .223 chamber.

    I'm not terribly concerned about velocity, and accuracy seems good at this point, but this is a significant discrepancy from what I expected. Anyone else experience this sort of thing? If it's a normal variation with surplus powder I'll just continue my load development.

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    Do you have this loading data?

    http://www.accuratepowder.com/wp-con.../04/DP2200.pdf

    I found velocities were pretty close, but never chronographed loads in the 222 or 223.
    Seemed to give me weird results in 7mm TCU, but not in the 6.5

    Mine is all OLD original batch of 2200.

    30 Herrett the velocity was spot on with the manual listing at the upper end.
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    It's been many years, but as I recall from my use of a small portion of an eight pounder velocities were well short of what the data indicated they should be.

    I've got a page or two of data somewhere in my files that was included with the powder when I brought it from Widners. Ill dig it out, if your interested.

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    Yes, I have some of that data, but that sheet has more calibers listed. Thank you. I haven't tinkered with it any more yet, but will when I get time.
    It's been many years, but as I recall from my use of a small portion of an eight pounder velocities were well short of what the data indicated they should be.
    Thank you, interesting to see that it's not just me. Honestly it really seems to behave like a slower burning powder. I went above max in a 223 chamber and velocity was rising, and no sign of pressure issues.

    My previous experience with surplus powders is that some lots burn quite different from others, and I'm wondering if I got a slow lot. I'm tempted to keep carefully working up a load, maybe in a couple other calibers as well for comparison sake, and see where it takes me. I'm not too concerned about maximum velocity, just want to understand what I have and find a good load.

    I would never do load development beyond published data with canister grade powder, so I was wondering if anyone else had seen burning-speed variations with this powder before. I even called Accurate but they weren't much help beyond saying that there could be more variation in the old surplus 2200 than the new commercial 2200.

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    Yeah, I've seen surplus powders not match what previously listed data said it should do - I've seen it go both ways - slower and faster. Being your chronographing and watching for pressure signs (are you measuring the base of case expansion as well as looking at the primers) I'd watch for the plateau in speed and increasing pressure signs and not be too concerned about the data info you have found.
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    No I haven't checked for case head expansion yet. I've never done that before at all actually, wasn't sure precisely how.

    I just found a good description from Hodgdon, think I'll give it a try: http://www.hodgdonreloading.com/relo...-rifle-reloads

    The only problem was that I didn't have any virgin brass, so I pulled down a box of cheap FC fmj ammo I had. I'm looking forward to carefully and scientifically trying it out the next time I get a chance. Thank you for the suggestion.

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    I used lots of it making m193 clone never chronyed it. But shot way better than LC military ammo. Used it for 300m I was loading just below listed max in the listed data

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    Ive used a lot of 2200. It was all the same powder. When AA sold it it was back when they bought huge lots of suplus powder and repackaged it in nicer containers. For many years that's all AA sold. Like you found its a bit slower then 2230. In my testing it gives slightly better velocity deviations too but then 2230 is far from bad at this. it was a powder that all the bench rest shooters swooned over back in the day. I still have one last jug of it and I just load it using 2230 data and don't worry about getting the absolute last fps out of it. Wish I could find a time machine to go back and buy a bunch more. While Ive got the machine id like to go back and buy another case or two of pr200 too.
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    It sure appears that this stuff is very different than modern commercial 2200.

    I finally got a chance to get out to the range for some more testing. I loaded some .223 55fmj and some .308 147fmj, chronographed them, and even had a series of progressively heavier loads in some virgin brass that I had carefully measured with a Mitutoyo micrometer. I marked the brass and listed measurements in my notebook.

    Based on all this, I would say that the lot I have is definitely slower than 2230 or even 2460, more like TAC. My measurements of case head expansion showed maybe .0003" expansion on my heaviest load, whereas the info I found on the Hodgdon site says that 4 to 5 ten-thousandths is about max pressure in a .223 Rem, so I think I'm on the right track. My chronograph data for the .308 jives with the thought that it's pretty close to TAC. Yes, I know it's not actually TAC and I can't make any assumptions past my specific tests; I'll be careful. I've played with surplus powders before and I know the precautions to working up loads that aren't in the book.

    I'll play with it a little more. I haven't even started accuracy testing yet. I'm actually glad it's slower than originally thought. Thanks for the help everyone.

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    Got some 2200 about 4 years ago that was at least 10+ years old at the time from old reloader in town. Worked up load for .223 thru Thompson, just chrono. And watching for pressure signs, for this particular gun got to 24 gr. With best accuracy at 3250 FPS. At 25gr. And a little faster speed started getting larger groups. Backed off to 24 and have stayed there ever since. Very good results
    With that old powder. Even had lumps in the old powder, had to dry out some and mixed well to get back to good flow consistency, works well. He had about 50# at one time but less than 20 now,
    Would love to find a keg like that I’d buy it in a min. Bullet was 55 FMJ for plinking and lead tip for hunting 1-9 twist 20” bbl. Thompson Oncore.heavy fluted. Never showed any signs of high pressure.

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    could be. My experience with it comes from back in the 80s when AA first resold it. I bought a bunch of it surplus years ago and those two powders were the same. From my loading notes they fell somewhere between aa2230 and varget. real close to 748 ww or wc846.
    Quote Originally Posted by fatelk View Post
    It sure appears that this stuff is very different than modern commercial 2200.

    I finally got a chance to get out to the range for some more testing. I loaded some .223 55fmj and some .308 147fmj, chronographed them, and even had a series of progressively heavier loads in some virgin brass that I had carefully measured with a Mitutoyo micrometer. I marked the brass and listed measurements in my notebook.

    Based on all this, I would say that the lot I have is definitely slower than 2230 or even 2460, more like TAC. My measurements of case head expansion showed maybe .0003" expansion on my heaviest load, whereas the info I found on the Hodgdon site says that 4 to 5 ten-thousandths is about max pressure in a .223 Rem, so I think I'm on the right track. My chronograph data for the .308 jives with the thought that it's pretty close to TAC. Yes, I know it's not actually TAC and I can't make any assumptions past my specific tests; I'll be careful. I've played with surplus powders before and I know the precautions to working up loads that aren't in the book.

    I'll play with it a little more. I haven't even started accuracy testing yet. I'm actually glad it's slower than originally thought. Thanks for the help everyone.
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    .............My data comes from a page printed off Jan of 2001. Don't know how to scan pages in so I'll just quote some:

    30/30 Win, 170 SPR Max Chg 25.5 grs, 1993 fps, 38.1 K PSI
    7.62x39 150 SPR Max Chg 26.3 grs, 2131 fps, 48.8 CUP
    35 Rem 200 SRA Max chg 35.0 2126 fps, 31.0 K PSI
    45-70 405gr LFN Max chg 48.0 1849 fps, 25,700 CUP

    I have personally used the 7.62x39 and 35 Rem data in 2 SR Mausers converted to these cartridges along with the bullet weights listed without any issue whatsoever, and these were listed as Max. Use personal due diligence. Pay attention and start with a lighters slug and reduce the (Maximum) load 10% to start.

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    I`m sitting on a full 8 lb. jug and another 8 lb. jug 3/4 full. I used it with the data sheet that came with it back then. When 2230 came around that is all I used after that. Don`t know why I`ve never gone back to using the 2200 powder.Robert

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    I used 2200 to shoot a bunch of Prairie dogs back a few years ago. I think I went thru 2 jugs . It always worked well for me . Shot all weight of bullets with it. I would have to look at my records to find what loads I used.

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