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Old June 29, 2002, 07:23 PM   #1
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Anyone pulled apart a factory 300 Wby load?

I'm interested in how much powder - and if you could identify it (or what it looks like) is in the factory 300 Wby loads using Nosler 180 gr. partition bullets. Anyone taken one apart?
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Old June 29, 2002, 07:53 PM   #2
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I'm sure that in VERY BIG TYPE, in every reloading manual ever published, it states:

"NEVER TRY TO IDENTIFY POWDER BY IT'S PHYSICAL APPEARANCE!"
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Old June 29, 2002, 08:10 PM   #3
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Anyone pulled apart a factory 300 wby load?

Yep, I know what the manuals say. While it might not be possible to identify the exact powder - it is possible to weight the charge and identify the shape of the grains. That'll tell me what I'm interested in knowing.
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Old June 29, 2002, 11:19 PM   #4
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I take apart factory sample rounds from time to time.

Identifying a powder by "looks" can be misleading.

However, if you chronograph the load, you can check a reloading manual to see what powder gives that velocity with that weight of powder.

I use it as another research tool. It goes in the notes and I consider it when working with an unknown (new) round.
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Old June 29, 2002, 11:35 PM   #5
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I like Archie's idea.

Identifying powder by appearance can be dangerous. Often bulk powder can look like cannister powder but have entirely different charactoristics.

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