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    Boolit Master Thumbcocker's Avatar
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    Br 5

    Anyone using this powder in handguns? Thinking about getting a jug or 2.
    You'll go far providin' you ain't burnt alive or scalped."

    Will Geer as Bear Claw in "Jeramiah Johnson"

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    I've been using it mostly for 9mm,works great.

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    I tried it and found out quick it doesn’t like low pressure loads. If I loaded it hot enough to burn clean it cost more than other powders. Traded it back to the buddy I got it from when powder supplies were tight and they wanted to spread the hazmat cost when ordering from Jeff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thumbcocker View Post
    Anyone using this powder in handguns? Thinking about getting a jug or 2.
    If you are able to get this powder from somewhere other than Jeff Bartlett give it a try. A couple of moths ago I bought the last BR-5 he had. While we were on the phone he told me that he doesn't think he will be able to get anymore. I have shot over 30 pounds of it in 9mm, .38 spl, 40 S&W, 45 ACP, 44 spl, and 44 mag. It was loaded the same as Alliant Unique. Never tried it in shot shells though.
    Enewetak Atomic Clean Up Veteran 1979

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    It is my 38 super powder, works well. The 45acp full charge loads are accurate.

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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