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Old February 8, 2009, 04:35 PM   #1
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Red Dot for 9mm / .40 S&W?

I recently bought some reloading equipment and supplies from an individual. Among the contents was an 8lb tub of Red Dot smokeless shotgun powder. I have been told that this powder can be used for handgun loads ( 9mm & .40 S&W in my case ). I want to make sure this is OK for obvious reasons. My Lyman reloading manual ( 47th ed. )does not have any data for Red Dot with the above mentioned calibers.

So can I put this powder to use with my pistol loads? If so, where can I find reliable data for using it? Thanks!
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Old February 8, 2009, 05:00 PM   #2
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It can be used for light target loads in all pistol rounds, AFAIK. Data shouldn't be that hard to come by. Did you check the Alliant site? Take a Bullseye load and divide it by 1.25 and you will have the approximate charge weight for Red Dot that produces similar pressure. Knock that result down a grain and work up, though, just to be sure.
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Old February 9, 2009, 01:48 PM   #3
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Good to know that I can use it for something! What manuals would most likely have reloading info for red dot in handgin calibers? Thanks for the help
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Old February 9, 2009, 02:49 PM   #4
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Hey Sixer, that 8 lb tub o powder will provide a lot of shooting for ya.

My old Speer #11 shows data for Red Dot on 9mm with several bullets. Examples are
88 gr.,HP--5.2-5.6 gr.
100 gr.,HP--4.5-4.9 gr.
125 gr.,JSP--4.5-4.9 gr.

All with CCI 500 primers.

Date on that book is 1987.

I obtained an 8 pounder of Red Dot just like you did years ago, and it was my go-to powder for a long time. (38/357) The keg is almost empty now, and I'll miss it.

At 5 gr. per shell, eight pounds will give you over 11,000 rounds. Don't shoot it all in one place. jd
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Old February 9, 2009, 03:12 PM   #5
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Thanks jd! I guess that would make reloading 9mm actually worth while. I appreciate the info!
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