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Old 03-06-2010, 06:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Scary light loads... and some full moon ammo pr0n

7 more days till I pick up my Model of 1950 Target...effen PRK...

I've been told they can be fussy about their fodder so I thought I'd try out something a bit slower than Bullseye for the 230gr LRN and 200gr LSWC cast boolits. In kinda a "it's what they HAD" moment I picked up a pound of Green Dot. Not much in the way of pistol data for it but I'm loading light.

In my research I found some SCARY light loads. We're talkin' like sub 3gr loads. And supposedly they cycle semiautos?

Ah well. Here's the pr0n...A pretty wide range of Bullseye & Green Dot loads under 3 different leaden lumps



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I use red dot and 200 gr precision black bullets in my sig 220. Shoots prety clean with no leading and recoil is light. I loaded up some green dot to try as well, but the first round was a squib so that ended the day's shootin.
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4.8 grains red dot barely/sometimes never cycles 185 grain bullets in my XD45

You could actually see the bullets fly downrange. I'm sure 3 grains of green dot would have almost no felt recoil and you could see the bullet arc downward
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Be caeful with reduced loads. In handgun cases it's not as bad, but in rifle cases with reduced loads you get a phenomena called detonation, and it can happen in handguns. The powder is lying in the bottom of the case (hotizontally) and the primer flash ignites the whole charge at once, instead of buring progressivly. Pressures go thru the roof and usually destroy the firearm.
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Be caeful with reduced loads. In handgun cases it's not as bad, but in rifle cases with reduced loads you get a phenomena called detonation, and it can happen in handguns. The powder is lying in the bottom of the case (hotizontally) and the primer flash ignites the whole charge at once, instead of buring progressivly. Pressures go thru the roof and usually destroy the firearm.
That depends a lot on the powder, charge weight, cartridge used, and primer, as well. If you use published reduced loads, you're more likely to suffer from inconsistency than you are from detonation due to powder position.
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4.8 grains red dot barely/sometimes never cycles 185 grain bullets in my XD45

I'm using 200 grain SWC with 4.5-8 grains of RD and the only issue I have had is the SWC feeding once and awhile. Otherwise rock solid with that load in mine, XD 45 compact.
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