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Old January 12, 2013, 06:20 AM   #26
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2400 is what I've gone to for my 30 carbine loads. Need to buy some today at the LGS.
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Old January 12, 2013, 12:58 PM   #27
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I am loading 158 gr lswc's in a S&W model 19 with 4" barrel. Loading medium to medium heavy loads. Nothing super hot.
There have been a lot of good powders mentioned here to meet your need. They only thing I would add is that W296 and H110 are two powders that are not to be loaded down very much. They should be used in the high end loads only. The others mentioned including AL2400 can be down loaded safely. Some may not perform as well when down loaded but they will not be unsafe.
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Old January 12, 2013, 09:33 PM   #28
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Nope. 2400 is proven. Id recomend not using mag primers unless you are using ww296 or h110. Blue dot is a fine powder for .357 mag. But if you have 2400 I think it will make you happy. There are powders that make less muzzle flash, but they are not magnum powders.
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Old January 13, 2013, 12:47 AM   #29
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I find that with 296 a magnum primer is unnecessary IF you use a pretty heavy crimp and have adequate neck tension.
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Old January 13, 2013, 11:20 AM   #30
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Started using 2400 in the .44 Magnum (Kieth load of 22 grains under a 245-250 grain cast Kieth bullet.) in the middle sixties. It was notorious for leaving large amounts of unburned powder. If it is not still leaving unburned powder (I do not have or load for a .44 Magnum anymore), the formula has been likely changed, so 2400 now may/may not be exactly the same.
In regard to the .357, I find that with the cases nearly full when using my Dillon 550B, powder grains are jarred out of the cases when I advance the system. Annoying as heck inasmuch as I have to slow the loading process way down to avoid it. If I wanted to do things that slow, I would use my single-stage press. Other than that, 2400 seems to work well in the .357 with cast bullets.
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Old January 13, 2013, 08:44 PM   #31
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Long time ago I used and liked Winchester 630 long gone.

Long time ago I used and liked Winchester 630 long gone. The old Hornady manual gave some hot loads........

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