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Thread: Powder choice for 264gr gas check 38/55 boolit

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    Powder choice for 264gr gas check 38/55 boolit

    I recently restored a vintage Savage Model 1895 in 38/55 cal. I have been seatching for the best handload. I have been trying a 264gr cast boolit with gas check and getting ok group of 2 1/4". I'm looking at trying a different powder...Reloader 7. My Lyman Cast Bullet Handbook shows a powder designated as Rx7....is that Alliant Reloader7 or Accurate No 7??? Looking at websites for both powder manufacturers offers no answer. Help!

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    Boolit Master
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    Dec 2007
    Rx7 is Reloder 7. I use that same bullet in a .38-55 Browning Traditional Hunter single shot. I didn't get great accuracy with Reloder 7, but it may be worth a try in your gun. I've gotten best accuracy in my rifle with the following powders: 5744, IMR4198, and H4895.

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    Boolit Master

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    East Central IL
    +1 on what lotech said. My 'go-to' for duplication of BP ballistics in my 38-55 Highwall is 4198 (either IMR or H). A plain-based 275 grainer (old, old Ohaus mold) over 20.2 grains shoots to the same POA as with 50 gr of FFg.

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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