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Thread: HS-6 for reduced rifle loads?

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    Boolit Buddy PBSmith's Avatar
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    HS-6 for reduced rifle loads?

    I don't see much about use of this powder outside of shotgun/handgun loads.

    Anyone ever tried it for reduced rifle? References to any published data in this application would be useful, especially in .30 caliber.

    Not in need of any handgun reports - plenty of those around.

    Thanks.

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    HS-6, sort of like Power Pistol, is not a very versatile powder but does work well with warmer loads; that's probably what it was designed for. There should be plenty of data available. Have you checked the Lyman book? Magnum primers are often recommended with HS-6. I did comparisons with standard and magnum primers. I'd have to refer to my notes for specifics, but I don't recall much, if any difference, in accuracy or anything else when switching between the two primer types.

    Most of my work (maybe all of it) with HS-6 has been with cast bullets.

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    Which .30 Cal?
    I've use HS-6 8 gr in .308 Win large pistol primer with 145 gr cast round nose at 1140 fps for nice groups with a Spanish FR8.
    Can't find my original source but check C.E. Harris "Cast Bullet Basics for Military Surplus Rifles" rev 9-6-93. (I can't find the full version from Handloader's Digest.)
    The section on "gas checked bullets without gas checks" may be useful.
    Just because change doesn't make a difference doesn't mean that change is bad.

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    I am using 8.5 HS-6, Federal Small Rifle primer, and the 3030 Berry Bullet in my 300 Blackout bolt gun.
    Velocity is 1365 on a 70 degree day.
    It works well enough for 50 yard target practice and plinking.

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    Good evening,
    I have been shooting WW 540 (HS-6) in all 30 caliber cartridges for a long time.
    GMDR.com has it listed on their reduced load data.
    I vary slightly from their 8.0grs of HS-6 with a 170gr cast boolits. It could be my keg of WW 540 has a slightly different burn rate? It will put 10 shots into a one inch hole at 50 yards and it holds to 100 yards for position shooting practice on a 6 steel plate. The 400 yard setting works on 3 of my rifles, one needs a 600 yard setting. I use a aluminum GC and regular lube. I also have a plain base that I tumble lube with White Label 45/45/10 they shoot really well from a Savage 30-06 with 8.5grs of WW540.
    Hope that helps....

    Bullseye67


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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