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Thread: 5.56 / 223 blanks

  1. #1
    Boolit Bub
    Join Date
    Jan 2018
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    5.56 / 223 blanks

    Howdy all!
    I have an X-Products Can Cannon that sees quite a bit of use for little league boys with tennis balls. Issue has been cost and availability of the proper blank loads. So, I purchased a (very expensive!) Hornady blank die set. I've gotten the operation worked out, but load development has been a struggle. I have called all of the major powder suppliers, X -Products, Hornady, Lee, and Load Data - all of which have zilch for information.
    I'm trying to make them as low residue as possible so as to keep the chamber from gumming up. I have been in the 7-10gr of blue dot with ok results, but it leaves a lot to be desired in the velocity department. Anyone have any knowledge of this subject?
    Thank you all in advance.

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  2. #2
    Boolit Mold
    Join Date
    Mar 2017
    Location
    Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    12
    I went with the German Plastic blanks for my can cannon. They are hotter than USGI and I bought them for less than $0.11/ea by the case a few years back.

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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