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    Blue dot dose well with a 158gr cast in 9mm I have one that on the right day can break 1100fps in my Ruger p89 5”

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    I shoot 12 grains of Red Dot, 274 grain RCBS Boolit in my .375 H&H. Groups 1.5 inches @ 100 Yds. Its fun to shoot, good load for a Blacktail Bambi. Why are we talking about Blue Dot??

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    Quote Originally Posted by crankycalico View Post
    Would balistol be useful, or is eds red a simpler nicer on the nose concoction?
    Ed's Red isn't all that pleasant on the nose....it has both Mineral Spirits and Acetone in it. I just use it because I make a gallon at a time. It works great for everything from lead removal (get's under it)...to plastic removal for shotguns. It's cheap enough to make that you can soak parts in a large enough quantity so you can put it in a coffee can and let stuff soak. (most commercial products are in 8 oz bottles or smaller)

    Anyway....if you mix the ATF and Kerosene first 50/50 it makes an excellent gun oil....then add the additional equal parts of Mineral Spirits and Acetone. I generally buy 1 quart bottles of each and mix in an old 1 gallon metal paint thinner can. You can also add a few ounces of Anhydrous Lanolin...but I don't bother.

    But....any gun cleaner will work...Balistol is just fine.

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    Red Dot is a keeper. I've used it in .38 Special, .45ACP, 44-40, 25-06, 30-30, 38-55, and 8x57 with boolits and it excels. It's not dirty enough to bother me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texas by God View Post
    Red Dot is a keeper. I've used it in .38 Special, .45ACP, 44-40, 25-06, 30-30, 38-55, and 8x57 with boolits and it excels. It's not dirty enough to bother me.
    Funny thing about Red Dot, when I first started reloading metallic, I started with 45ACP and all I had on hand that was suitable was an old can of Red Dot that was awful. I had a lot of good cans of Red Dot, but this one left tons of unburnt powder in my 12 ga trap loads. (This would be the old formulation wood based Red Dot.)

    So I loaded it anyway, and it burned fine and clean in 45ACP. Probably the different in pressure, ~12K PSI for 12ga and almost 20K for 45.

    It doesn't meter great in 45 ACP quantities, so I moved on from there, but it still works great in my '06 and 8mm loads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Texas by God View Post
    Red Dot is a keeper. I've used it in .38 Special, .45ACP, 44-40, 25-06, 30-30, 38-55, and 8x57 with boolits and it excels. It's not dirty enough to bother me.
    Yes, one very versatile powder as well as Unique. BTW, my minimum stock level of RD/Promo is 4 jugs. If the ****, RD will work with the 12 ga, all my pistol calibers, and all my rifle calibers.
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    I would try a different lube or maybe a coated bullet and see what happens. Not sure what your using but I use 50/50 lube when shooting traditionally lubed bullets and it is pretty messy. It seems to work well and clean up easily enough so I still use it but when I shoot the same load with powder coated bullets I swear things are cleaner than shooting jacketed.

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    its what ever Oregon trail uses. some sort of hard lube in the grooves with a somewhat thin greasy black stuff that comes off on my fingers.

    im thinking of thinning down some Johnson paste wax and giving some a wash.

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    bought 8 pounds to try in my shotgun because it is more economical . have used it in every pistol i have and have yet to try it in shotgun go figure. doesn't seem to be overly dirty but i normally use unique so may not know if it were dirty.

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    Donít forget Promo. Same powder as red dot, different density, so watch your weight. Less cost.

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    Never fire Red Dot but I'm up to my elbows in Promo. It works fine for me in 38, 44, 45 Colt & ACP. I use it in my 30-30 & 30-06 also. Even put a dab in the little 380.
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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
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