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Thread: Replicating .30-40 krag service loads with cast bullets

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kraschenbirn View Post
    The Lee 309-200, gas-checked, powder-coated, and sized .311, weighs in at 202 gr from my alloy and, loaded over 36.5 gr. IMR4350, chronos at 1910 from my '98 carbine 'sporter.' Not quite 'ball ammo' ballistics but no problem hitting an IPSC silhouette at 300 yds, either.

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    That IMR4350 load is my go to for my SMLE in .303 and my Gewher 1888's with a similar weight head.

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    I guess I'm learning something here. I burned a lot of 4350 when I was shooting the .243 Winchester off the bench. I've always thought of it as a powder for 50,000 psi and up, but obviously it's not. Still have quite a lot in store, so if I ever get the Krags out again. . . . .
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    Thanks so much for all the great advice guys. For the most part the American powders are prohibitively expensive here so I will try to find safe loads similar to the IMR and Hodgson suggestions using Vihtavuori, Lovex, or something else European.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sfwh View Post
    Thanks so much for all the great advice guys. For the most part the American powders are prohibitively expensive here so I will try to find safe loads similar to the IMR and Hodgson suggestions using Vihtavuori, Lovex, or something else European.
    FYI, Shooter's World 'Buffalo Rifle' (equivalent of AA5744) is actually a repackaged Lovex powder. Dunno the Lovex designation but IIRC it was originally a Czech military pull-down.

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    Yes, the original XMP-5744 was a Czech military powder. Surplus, not pull-down, as I learned it. Been quite a while, so I can't confidently say anything more, except that it works when used correctly.
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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