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Old July 20, 2006, 11:50 PM   #1
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Accurate#5

I wonder whether anyone has used Accurate #5 under a .38 special 125 grain lead bullet. If so, how much, and if for +P loads, how much?

Has anyone been using W231 for this bullet?

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Old July 21, 2006, 12:41 AM   #2
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Have used both powders for jacketed 125 grain bullets, but never have loaded for a plain lead bullet in that grain weight. In my chiefs stainless, the powders are pretty much a toss up, accuracy wise. Don't have a chrono to tell you velocity, but the AA#5 load has a bit more muzzle jump.
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Old July 22, 2006, 05:27 PM   #3
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AA #5 has been out of stock at most of my usual suppliers, for going on a year now. Do you have a source? Please?
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Old July 22, 2006, 06:30 PM   #4
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Mine out too!

Wrangler5, I too have been noticing the absence of AA #5 at my regular shooting suppliers. Sorry I can't help.
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Old July 22, 2006, 07:04 PM   #5
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I've been loading 5.4gr of W231 under a 125gr JHP (Hornady XTP) in .38Spls (+P) and it works out fine.

I checked the usual suspects... er, places... and didn't see any AA#5. If you do find some, be aware that if you have to have it shipped to you, the HAZMAT charge is now $20. You might want to see it you can find something similar locally. That basically doubles the charge for a pound of powder.
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Old July 22, 2006, 08:43 PM   #6
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Strange, AA#5 is and has been available at several places for quite a while.
Accurate reloading manual lists Sierra 125 grain JHP and #5 at 6.1 grains starting load, with a max of 6.8 grains for a 38 Special.

The plus P load for the same bullet 6.4 starting and 7.1 grains.
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