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Old January 9, 2007, 08:11 PM   #1
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Surplus Magnum Pistol Powder

Is anyone using any of the surplus powder for their 357 or 44 mag? How did it do? It's very tempting to give it a try. Pat's has the virgin WC820 for $72/8lbs, or the pulldown WC820 for $62/8lbs. They claim it to be 13% faster than H110. It sure would be nice to cut my 44 mag load cost by $3/100. At least for my SWC "plinkers". A pound of W296 doesn't seem to last long.
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Old January 9, 2007, 10:20 PM   #2
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what is the suggested powder charge and velocities with this surplus powder??
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Old January 9, 2007, 10:24 PM   #3
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at 13% faster than h110 it might be right close to bullseye but alittle slower i'm guessing........ i use bullseye exclusively for .38 spl and .357 magnum loads with very results so far...........
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Old January 9, 2007, 10:41 PM   #4
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The WC820 is said to be very close to AA#9 or 2400, so I would probably start with about 18.0 grains for a 240 SWC in my 44 mag, then work up. Bullseye works great in my 45ACP, 9mm, and 38 Special, but lacks a little (or a lot ) when loading for the magnums.
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Old January 10, 2007, 12:25 AM   #5
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yep i was wrong.. looking at the chart it shows h110 is slower than 2400 by a couple of powders... my 2400 load for .357 magnum is 16 grs. ....... i guess i'll stick with bullseye as it's so much more economical to load with.....
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Old January 12, 2007, 07:37 AM   #6
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I purchased mine from GI Brass. http://www.gibrass.com/gunpowder.html Below is from his webpage.

WC820 Orignal application is for the U.S. Cal. .30 Carbine Ball M1 round. This lot loads at 13.5gr with 110gr FMJ projectile. This is a ball powder which can be loaded using Accurate Arms #9 (AA#9) data.Perfect for .410 shotgun loads. This is pulldown ball powder. $56/8# jug.

Use the AA#9 data. A lot of shooters are using this. It works great. Here's a good place to read about surplus powders and ask questions: http://castboolits.gunloads.com/forumdisplay.php?f=28

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Old January 12, 2007, 08:55 PM   #7
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LAH - Thanks for the link. That should give me some reading material for the evening!
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