The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The Skunkworks > Handloading, Reloading, and Bullet Casting

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old August 17, 2011, 05:19 AM   #1
MikeG193
Junior Member
 
Join Date: August 17, 2011
Posts: 2
Winchester 231 Powder Question

New member, first post, new to reloading. I started reloading .223 last month. I just picked up a new S&W 686 and was about to start loading some .38 target rounds. Opened a new bottle of 231 powder and I see it looks like flakes. I was under the impression it was a ball powder like the Winchester 748 I used for the .223! Have they changed the formula? Should I be concerned?
MikeG193 is offline  
Old August 17, 2011, 05:30 AM   #2
chucky222
Senior Member
 
Join Date: January 30, 2009
Location: East Alabama
Posts: 166
I dont know anything about W748, but 231 or (HP38) works very well for my 38 spls..
__________________
I also have Fire Extinguishers, hope I never need those either.
chucky222 is offline  
Old August 17, 2011, 06:44 AM   #3
flintshooter
Member
 
Join Date: April 1, 2011
Location: Central Pennsylvania
Posts: 46
win 231 has always been flakes as long as I have used it, 20+ years. It's a good powder.
flintshooter is offline  
Old August 17, 2011, 06:54 AM   #4
Mike Irwin
Staff
 
Join Date: April 13, 2000
Location: Northern Virginia
Posts: 35,999
WW 231 IS a ball powder.

Ball powder describes the manufacturing process, not the powder itself.

During manufacturing, ball powders are often shape altered to varying degrees to control the burning characteristics.

In the case of 231, the shape altering produces what appear to be flakes, but which are simply flattened balls.
__________________
"The gift which I am sending you is called a dog, and is in fact the most precious and valuable possession of mankind" -Theodorus Gaza

Baby Jesus cries when the fat redneck doesn't have military-grade firepower.
Mike Irwin is offline  
Old August 17, 2011, 02:08 PM   #5
MikeG193
Junior Member
 
Join Date: August 17, 2011
Posts: 2
Thanks for the responses. I wasn't sure what it was supposed to look like and figured I better find out before continuing to load. I learn something new every time I read this forum. Back to the loading bench!
MikeG193 is offline  
Old August 17, 2011, 04:15 PM   #6
10Ringmagic
Senior Member
 
Join Date: October 10, 2010
Location: MI
Posts: 296
3.3gr of W-231 under a 148gr HBWC is one of my favorite target loads for .38 Spl.
10Ringmagic is offline  
Old August 17, 2011, 04:31 PM   #7
Pbearperry
Senior Member
 
Join Date: December 9, 2008
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 283
231 is probably my all time favorite powder.It does almost everything I need for handgun rounds.
Pbearperry is offline  
Old August 17, 2011, 08:30 PM   #8
Jeff H
Senior Member
 
Join Date: August 20, 2009
Posts: 148
Win 231 or its clone HP-38 for all my pistol rounds except the magnums. I have 2400 for those
Jeff H is offline  
Old August 17, 2011, 10:10 PM   #9
Jim243
Senior Member
 
Join Date: January 5, 2009
Location: Just off Route 66
Posts: 4,510
Use the 231 it is ball powder flattened to burn faster accross the whole surface of the grain. I use it for all calibers except mags then I use 2400 a slower powder that produces higher pressures.

Jim
__________________
Si vis pacem, para bellum
Jim243 is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:52 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2014 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent: thefiringline.com
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.07930 seconds with 7 queries