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So, recently I came into 4 pound keg of Red Dot shotgun powder.
I found some load data for 40 and 45
How does this stuff behave in a pistol cartridge?
Any worries about fast burn rates and lead boolits?
Currently loading 230 Gr LRN .45
and 180 Gr LRN for .40

Would also like to work up a load for 125 Gr LRN 9mm
and maybe .38 special.

Anyone have any tips/tricks?
Does it burn clean or dirty?
Not that I care, it's 4 lbs of free powder, I'll find something to use it in.
 

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I'm using Red Dot under 230gr LRN boolits...

I run 3.9 grains, and it goes bang every time. I ran my test loads all the way up to 4.9, with no specific issues. Being able to crank out almost 2K rounds for under $20 in powder is pretty nice :smokin:
thank you very much for that info.
We were going to make some each at 4.2, 4.4 and 4.6 for test loads. These are exclusively for my dad's 1911. Right now he shoots 230's over 4.9 gr of Bullseye.

Edit: My loading book shows red dot for all of the older calibers like 38-40 and 32 auto, but nothing for .40/9/.45. Speer edition 13.
I'll have to look through some more books.
 

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this is awesome infor fomr everyone.

We're gonna work up some loads.
Afro: you are correct, it's primary use is shotgun loads. My uncle came into this 4 lb keg and has no use for it, as he only reloads rifle.
I told him we're find something to load with it. Can't turn down free powder.
 

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Its not a pistol load but 13 grains of red dot is magic for cast bullets out of almost any 30 caliber rifle.
I won't tell my uncle, he might want to keep it!
Seriously though, my uncle loads some weird stuff, and does most of it using surplus WWII powder he gets from some good old boy.
Says it's the best ever, I'm inclined to agree with him after seeing his targets. He's been reloading rifle rounds for about the last 30 years.
 
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