Accurate 50 yard lead load powder?

Discussion in 'Caliber Talk: Ammunition, Reloading, and Shooting ' started by Steve B, Dec 14, 2011.

  1. Steve B

    Steve B Well-Known Member

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    Nov 29, 2011
    I'm shooting swaged 185gr SWCHP and 200gr SWC lead bullets for conventional pistol matches. What is your powder of choice to produce the most accurate load? I'm currently using Bullseye but have tried N310, N320, 231 and WST.
     
  2. Joe C

    Joe C Custom Pistolsmith Sponsor

    Sep 11, 2011
    VVN310 if money is no object...or if you already have it. ;-)
     

  3. Legion489

    Legion489 Well-Known Member

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    Oct 28, 2011
    Win 231 (same powder as HP-38 and has been for 30 years, but now Hodgdon finally admitted it). The most accurate ammo I ever loaded was a very hard cast 220 gr TC I bought at a gun show over 6.6 gr of 231 (in manual). Snappy(!) recoil but accurate as all get out.
     
  4. Steve B

    Steve B Well-Known Member

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    Nov 29, 2011
    How's titegroup or clays?
     
  5. Steve B

    Steve B Well-Known Member

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    Nov 29, 2011
    What weight of powder?
     
  6. 50GI-Jess

    50GI-Jess Member

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    Aug 24, 2011
    @Steve B
    It's usually more important how your loads are put together, and what kind of gun used. However Vit N-310 is the powder by which all others are judged.
    Any fast to medium powders should do the trick though. The same type of consistent hold of the gun also plays an important role.
     
  7. Steve B

    Steve B Well-Known Member

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    Nov 29, 2011
    I'm told best accuracy is usually from 750 to just over 800 fps with the swaged lead bullets. I'll be testing out of my Ransom Rest.
    I'm using mixed brass, seating my bullets off the SWC's shoulder (using a seating insert cut to my bullet's profile) and crimping to .469".
     
  8. DeadEye

    DeadEye Member

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    Nov 18, 2011
    You are getting good advice. I stay under 800fps for best accuracy - and I test w/a ransom rest. If you can, keep your brass the same length. At a min keep batches of brass distinct by # of times fired. Personally. WST is #1 in my gun...
     
  9. JayTray

    JayTray New Member

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    Dec 22, 2011
    200g SWC over 4.3 Clays avg 840 fps if I recall. Accurate and soft shooting. FWIW. Very similiar to 4.6 of WST if youre used to WST.
     

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