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Thread: Favorite Go-To Powder for Handgun and Reduced Rifle Loads

  1. #41
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    Trail Boss is a great powder for reduced loads in the .44 magnum. Cast boolits can be shot with absolutely no leading. It is my belief that the long string of Trail Boss "doughnuts" behind any cast boolit acts as a buffer as well as a cleaner and the bbls come out clean as a whistle.
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    Red Dot, when I lived in Moscow on the Charles 40 years ago could only have 5 pounds of powder and needed a FD storage permit to purchase it. I shot a lot of trap so 4 pounder of RD was bought and had a can of 4831 for my rifle. Used the RD for my handguns 38spl and 45 auto.

    Got used to using it a lot including the 13grn for rifles with cast.

    Now I use lots of powders for everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Boy View Post
    Fail to find the powder you mention ...
    http://www.maxamcomponents.com/en/ou...rs/csb_powders
    It's listed in their catalog (pdf): http://www.maxamcomponents.com/media...gue%202015.pdf
    Hi-Tech Ammo has it in stock for $65 per 5 lb jug.

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    I voted "Alliant 2400" because it gets a LOT of use in cast-bullet rifle loads and magnum revolver rounds at my house. WW-231 and Herco get the call for the less-intense revolver and autopistol calibers, though; Herco does good work for my field-load 12 gauge and 28 gauge refills. But in terms of "Pounds per year consumed", 2400 cops the prize. It gets the nod for 410 bore shotguns ammo, too.
    I don't paint bullets. I like Black Rifle Coffee. Sacred cows are always fair game. California is to the United States what Syria is to Russia and North Korea is to China/South Korea/Japan--a Hermit Kingdom detached from the real world and led by delusional maniacs, an economic and social basket case sustained by "foreign" aid so as to not lose military bases.

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    For me it is not just one because of different use ,I use 2400,Red Dot, Unique ,Bullseye
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    2400. It could do in a pinch for most every thing I cast for. And the smoke smells, oh so good.

  7. #47
    700x for 9mm, 38, .357, .45ACP, .45Colt, and light .44Mag. Have heard that it does well in .223Rem, but have no personal information on that.

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    4 years ago I got back into shooting. Powder was hard to come by, and prices were rising, fast.

    I happened to run across Mr Harris's article about "the load" and pistol powders for rifle.

    So I started digging deeper. Which eventually lead me to the Lyman Cast Boolit Manual #3 which included a Red Dot load for an absolutely astounding number of different calibers and boolits.

    Eventually I got my hands on some, started with the 7.62x54r in my Mosin's. Great results, low recoil, virtually no muzzle blast, and the best accuracy I had seen up to that point. From there it was one caliber after the next, pistols, rifles, and yes some shotgun.

    It worked in EVERYTHING. It was amazingly accurate in most as long as you don't try to push the speed too far. It is incredibly thrifty. My average load for most rifles is 4.6 grains. The big .444Marlin I have loaded from 6 to 13 grains. Even at lets say 7 grains average, that is 1000 loads from a 25 to 30$ pound of powder. Or 2 to 3 cents each. Does it get much better than that?

    No it does not do well with semi auto rifles. My SKS is a Yugo, if I want to shoot Red Dot I turn the gas off.
    It becomes a very easy, accurate 10 shot straight pull bolt rifle. Which for targets is just fine.

    It is the one rifle cartridge that I stock another powder for. IMR 4895. I have some others but I have not bought any in almost 3 years other than Red Dot. I simply don't have the need.

    I am sitting on about 29 pounds of Red Dot and Promo. I am not shooting as much as I used to, so I seldom need to worry about replacing a pound or 2. When that hits 25 pounds I'll have to decide if I'm going to keep shooting enough to justify buying another 8 lb jug. Frankly I suspect that will take a few years.

    You can call be a red dot fan boi. It fits, its not for everyone, it does not do everything equally well.
    Like any other powder it has its good points and its bad.

    But for me it simply works.

  9. #49
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    2400 is a good clean burning, much better than unique. Also like Bullseye

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2wheelDuke View Post
    If I could have only one, it'd be Unique. I use Bullseye for most of my light pistol loads. I use Unique for the mid range. I use Red Dot for reduced rifle loads. I haven't got around to experimenting with Red Dot in pistol because Unique and Bullseye work for me.
    I have not tried Red Dot, but I agree on the other two - Unique for regular 44 Special loads, and Bullseye for 38 Special and 32 S&W Long. I have recently been trying Trail Boss for light 32 S&W Long loads, and Win 231 for medium in 38 Special and 44 Special, mostly because it appears to meter much better than Unique and Bullseye. I hate having to throw each charge, weigh each one, and then trickle. It seems to do ok in 44 Special though.

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    Blue Dot for reduced rifle loads. 2TU.

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    AA#9 is tops and replaces H-108, other good ones are AA1680, 4100.

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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