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    Propellant Profiles

    I've always enjoyed the Propellant Profiles section in Handloader. I finally decided to buy the book. Found one on one of the resellers websites and ordered it. I guess it goes back to the very early days of Handloader and covers just about every powder I've ever heard of except those discontinued many years ago. Not all of the newer powders are covered which is OK with me since my supply doesn't include new powders.

    To me it looks to be a good addition to a load manual. I have always wondered about the various powders that are included in a list of loads for a given bullet(boolit). The profile gives a little more insight into advantages/disadvantages of various powders.

    I'm sure most experienced reloaders already know most of what is covered but since I started somewhat late and have read enough online to develop a healthy suspicion of what I read on line, additional published information is welcome.
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    It’s on my list to get thanks for the review
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    The manual has been in my reference library for years - excellent ballistic data & favorite caliber charges too
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    When was the latest update in you copy?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MT Gianni View Post
    When was the latest update in you copy?
    October, 2016. Sixth Edition
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    Going through the book reminded me that there are several burn rate charts on the internet. The easiest one to "use" for me is the one printed in Handloader #317 (Dec). I only use loads from manuals or individuals that post beginning to mid-range loads only after checking one of my manuals.

    The interesting thing about burn rate charts is how they vary. I'm sure that the methods to arrive at relative burn rates vary as much as the results themselves.

    The point of all this is; has anyone ever seen a statement that says one chart is more accurate than another?

    BTW the chart I mentioned above is on the Western Powders site also.
    John
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    Burn rate can vary by lot...or when a company switches suppliers. So, I don't get too worked up over burn rate charts. It has been said that you should work up new loads when you switch lots. I have heard that some powders are more consistent among lots than others, but have never had the chance to test those claims.
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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