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New powder experiment

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Steel Head, Feb 5, 2013.

  1. Steel Head

    Steel Head Tactical Cat

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    I bought some WSF for some non bunny fart 45acp and 40s&w loads.
    Waiting for a lee shellplate for my hand primer in 40s&w so I've only loaded it in 45 so far.
    Meters nice,burns clean and I like how it recoils compared to most factory ammo.
    Shot some last night and flash was minimal.
    Between WST & WSF i'm pretty well covered for what I load.
    Both work well in my Uniflow also.


    I did already break a pin in my RCBS 40/10mm die.:steamed:
    I really like the Lee dies decapping pin set up.
     
  2. shotgunred

    shotgunred local trouble maker

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    WSF work fine in the 40. So does WST and win 231.
     


  3. Taterhead

    Taterhead Counting Beans

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    I'm in the same boat. I have workups loaded in 40 & 10mm with WSF. I am not looking for it to be a top performer, but to approximate downloaded "FBI Loads" in the 10mm, plus do some volume work in .40. I got my chrony back from the manufacturer recently so I'll be testing loads Saturday. I agree with the part about it being a nice metering powder too.
     
  4. Kentguy

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    Steel Head,
    I ran some tests with WSF some time ago for 9mm using a 115g FMJ over/5.4g @ 1.150" OAL, not a bad load for general target use. I never got around to testing WSF with any other calibers.

    I liked this powder, nothing wrong at all with it, when I ran out I just moved on to other powders.

    Good luck and be safe.
     
  5. Steel Head

    Steel Head Tactical Cat

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    Got off work early today and got the lee hand prime shell plate for 40s&w:devildance::pepper::broccoli:

    Loaded a starting load in ten rounds with WST and just fired them off,,,,AWESOME.
    [​IMG]
    Nice easy recoil.
    I just dumped the WST and filled the Uniflow with WSF.
    With it set at 4.5gr of WST it throws 6.5 of WSF,under max but I'll back it off to 6.3.
     
  6. Steel Head

    Steel Head Tactical Cat

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    Just fired off the WSF loads
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    Recoil was similar to some factory rounds but this starting load seemed VERY accurate(or the Advil is kickin in,my elbows and wrist are wasted today:crying:) as I hit the 100 yard plate 11 out of 15:wow: and I'm severely out of practice with my G23:dunno:

    I'm going to have to work with the WST loads but I'm going to load up a small stash of the WSF 165JHP's I tried today, then I'll have to order some lead in 40 caliber to try out.

    I have a fair amount of SPP's and 40/10mm bullets to play with and I'm golden on LPP's and 45 bullets.

    There are plenty of sad/poor reloading threads on the internet.

    This one is all:thumbsup:
     
  7. shotgunred

    shotgunred local trouble maker

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    While I like both of those powders you should also give win 231 a go. I thought the 231 was more accurate out of my old G23.
     
  8. Steel Head

    Steel Head Tactical Cat

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    I've been looking for a # of 231,Have yet to see any locally.

    I"ll pick some up when I can as I'd like to try it in 45 and 40.
     
  9. Kentguy

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    Shotgunred..."While I like both of those powders you should also give win 231 a go."

    I agree! Winchester 231 is sort of a stand-by or go-to powder for me. Not quite what I would consider a fast burning powder nor a medium burning powder eighter, but sort of inbetween those (#29 on Hodgdon's burn rate chart).

    I have use 231 in 380 ACP, 9mm, 38 Special, 357 magnum & 45 ACP with good to exceptional results. I worked with a friend of mine using 231 on this 40 S&W loads, he love em. Tons of load data for this powder also.

    I am just starting some test using WST with 45 ACP, we are going to get a break in the weather this weekend so it looks like I can move outdoors for these tests.

    Good luck and be safe
     
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2013