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Powder decision

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by chainsaw, Apr 2, 2011.

  1. chainsaw

    chainsaw East side of Or. Active Member

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    How do you decide between 2 powders that will give basicly identical results for a given round.
     
  2. nubus

    nubus Guest

    Load both and check for accuracy...:)

    But it comes to a lot more than that.
    Long barrel vs. short barrel
    Bolt vs. auotloading rifle.
    Is your load for a pistol?
    More info please...
     
  3. chainsaw

    chainsaw East side of Or. Active Member

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    .44 mag shooting 300 gr. jacketed bullets.2400 or H110?Seems they're close to equal as far as velocity for this bullet.I have a Win 94AE and a Redhawk both in .44 and would really like not to have to load seperately for both.I have been shooting 19.5 gr of H110 and bought a lb of 2400 the other day and was just wondering if such similiar powders could really have very different results.
     
  4. nubus

    nubus Guest

    Barrel length, temperature and bullet could all make these powders react differently.
    I really like the results I have gotten with the H110 and 300 gr XTP bullets.
    Remember load data comes from test barrels, your firearm WILL react differently.
    Alliant 2400 is a faster burning powder than the Hogdon H110.
    They may have the same chronograph speed, but the 2400 will build pressure faster.
    In a longer barrel the H110 should be a better choice.
    H110 was specifically developed for magnum pistol loads and is a ball powder.
    The 2400 is a flake powder and has different ignition characteristics.
    I have no experience with the 2400, but hey give it a try and see.
     
  5. chainsaw

    chainsaw East side of Or. Active Member

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    Ya,I think I better try it.Thanks.
     
  6. HollisOR

    HollisOR Rural OR, South of Dallas Active Member

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    A good resource book is Ken Waters Pet Loads Some reloading manuals/books will also post pressures.
     
  7. P35

    P35 Eugene area New Member

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    When I chronograph the loads, I check to see which has the most uniform velocities over a number of rounds. I use the load that is most consistant
     
  8. jer fly

    jer fly cottage grove Member

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    I use both powders frequently in my numerous 44 cal handguns and one rifle. I tend to use the H110 in full house loads as it gives a little higher velocity in my guns. 2400 works well across the board but seems to be a little dirtier. 2400 does not go through my powder measure as well as h110. H110 needs a magnum primer and 2400 uses standard. In the end use what shoots the best or what you have the most of.
     
  9. NWnewguy

    NWnewguy Poulsbo New Member

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    The other variable is how clean burning the two powders are. All things being equal, I like to shoot more than I like to clean, so I would go with the cleaner powder. Maybe even over the more accurate powder, in a pistol. Most any powder that is acceptable for the round will be more accurate than most people can hold.
     
  10. HappyRoman

    HappyRoman Sherwood Forest Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    clean burning, accurate loads, and economy of loads. Seems to me that cranking out the most velocity, hardest recoil, and biggest muzzle blast and bang, doesn't hit paper or rocks any better than a std, target load.
     
  11. AMProducts

    AMProducts Maple Valley, WA Jerk, Ammo Manufacturer Silver Supporter

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    I have a deeply ingrained hatred of H110, mostly because it has a very narrow profile as far as what's safe in terms of powder volume so I tend to avoid it at all costs. For a comparable powder that has a wider loading range, I recommend lil'gun especially in pistol caliber rifle rounds like .357mag, .38SPL, and .44mag. 2400 is also a very versatile powder and I've used it in everything from 9mm to .45-70, and while yes it does tend to be a bit dirty, most newer powder measures handle flake powder without trouble. For the load you're talking about, you really want a magnum shotgun powder, (most shotgun powders are pistol powders and vice versa), 2400 is one such powder. I might also recommend blue dot (I've loaded 300gr XTP's with this powder in .44mag) also HS-6 might be a good one.
     
  12. rodell

    rodell Newcastle, WA Active Member

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    Given a choice, with all other factors equal, I will take the powder that fills the case to the greatest amount. I believe that promotes more consistent burn and less position sensitivity.
     
  13. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    Another factor for me is how well the powder performs at the temperatures I shoot at. Some can vary widely.

    A chronograph is your friend to make the final determination.
     
  14. Browning55

    Browning55 Seattle-Everett Area Active Member

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    Personally I like the 2400. Some published data says standard primers while others say magnum primers. I'm a little prejudiced against H110 ever since I ran into a bad lot once.