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62 gr. Tracers

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by The Royal We, Dec 4, 2014.

  1. The Royal We

    The Royal We New Member

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    Hey I picked up some 62 grain tracer bullets at the last show and I need some information on reloading. Can anyone help me out with powder selection etc..... look forward to your input.
    Thanks
    Daryle
     
  2. Steve M

    Steve M Beaverton, OR Well-Known Member

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    Hop on over to http://www.hodgdonreloading.com and you'll find plenty of data for a 62gr bullet. The tracers take up more room in the case than a typical SP or FMJ so your max powder load should be perhaps 1.5gr less.
     
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  3. John Gault

    John Gault clackamas county Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    :D Why do they take up more room? Inquiring (but lazy) minds want to know.
     
  4. Steve M

    Steve M Beaverton, OR Well-Known Member

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    Lower density.
     
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  5. The Royal We

    The Royal We New Member

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    Thanks I'll take a look. Any idea on which powder works better than others?
     
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    Steve M Beaverton, OR Well-Known Member

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  7. The Royal We

    The Royal We New Member

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  8. The Royal We

    The Royal We New Member

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    I to have been using BL-C(2) and H335 with 55 gr. Bullets and have had no issues. I'll try BL-C(2) with the minimum load and see how it performs. Thanks !!
     
  9. blitz

    blitz beaverton Active Member 2015 Volunteer

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    we used wc844 for tracers
     
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  10. Hellgate

    Hellgate Portland New Member

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    The tracer bullets are longer because they need a longer body to hold the tracer compound in the base of the bullet.
     
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  11. The Royal We

    The Royal We New Member

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    Thanks, what grain load worked the best for you if I may ask?
    Daryle
     
  12. blitz

    blitz beaverton Active Member 2015 Volunteer

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    23.5gr
     
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  13. AMProducts

    AMProducts Maple Valley, WA Jerk, Ammo Manufacturer Silver Supporter

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    Military load data for it is WC844 24.7gr This is per TM 43-0001-27
     
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  14. The Royal We

    The Royal We New Member

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    Thanks for the direction. I tried BL- C (2) since I have quite a bit in stock at 22.5 gr. (Min. load) and only 2 out of 10 ignited. I bumped up the load to 24 gr. and bingo all 10 ignited. Accuracy was okay but if I bumped up let's say another .5 gr. to 24.5, would that help with accuracy?
     
  15. AMProducts

    AMProducts Maple Valley, WA Jerk, Ammo Manufacturer Silver Supporter

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    Usually the lower velocity is going to be more accurate... honestly, I don't think I've ever seen an "accurate" tracer. usually they seem to shoot about minute of flaming car at 500 yards.

    Since the tracer element generates a small amount of gas, and has a lower density, I would try to keep the load to a minimum in terms of "what will light". However, part of this comes down to me being excessively cautious when it comes to dispensing advice in terms of powder/components I don't know too well.
     
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  16. The Royal We

    The Royal We New Member

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    Sound advice, thank you. I will roll up 25 at 24 gr. and see how they shoot. Take care !!!!
     
  17. blitz

    blitz beaverton Active Member 2015 Volunteer

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    23.5 is the first load we tested. they lit and seemed to run well so we just stuck with that. we could have probably bumped it up just didnt have the time.
     
  18. Who The F R U

    Who The F R U Rainier Oregon Well-Known Member

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    844T
    26.5 grains in New LC Brass
    23.5 in once fired or commercial

    28 grains Max in a 11 1/2 inch barrel.
    Will give you the same punch/range as a standard 23.5 grain load in a 20 inch barrel,But its hard on the barrels 10-15k lifespan before they burn out the throat.