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Wst Load check

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by ReedyMod, May 20, 2012.

  1. ReedyMod

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    Hello GT, I am new to reloading and picked up some WST after going thru a pound of 231. I looked in my manuals and the only thing i see listed for WST in 230gr FMJ FP.

    I will be using 230gr FMJ RN loading 4.4 to 4.6grs to shoot thru a glock 21, my OAL is 1.24 to 1.246

    Will I be good in that range, and does anyone have other info on this powder with 230gr FMJ.


    Thanks in advance,

    Ike Peacock
     
    Last edited: May 20, 2012
  2. F106 Fan

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    The Hodgdon site has data for Winchester powders:
    http://data.hodgdon.com/cartridge_load.asp

    Unfortunately, they only show a 230 gr FMJ FP. This will affect the OAL but probably not the powder charge.

    Their range is 4.1 - 4.9 gr WST at 1.200" for the FMJ FP bullet.
     


  3. F106 Fan

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  4. WeeWilly

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    Use the link to Hodgdon's site F106 Fan provided, load to your OAL and you will be GTG.
     
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  5. Three-Five-Seven

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  6. ReedyMod

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    Thanks guys just wanted to get a better idea on this powder.
     
  7. fredj338

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    Depending on what vel level you are looking for, you'll probably want to be closer to 4.6gr as a working load, about 800fps in 5" guns.
     
  8. ReedyMod

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    Well back from the range. All rounds went bang, 4.4 thru 4.7 gr of WST with 230 FMJ RN at 1.24-1.246. The one thing is on two of the 4.7 rounds seemed really light, like squib light. There was nothing stuck just really soft.

    I am crimping to .471( just removing bell ) everything was good tell i moved to shoot the 4.7 gr rounds. I made only 7 of them and checked each round for correct powder weight.

    Could it be that I had a couple of rounds crimped ( just to remove bell ) at .471 and it just was'nt enough. Thinking that bullet moved before ample pressure built up, I did have to rack the slide to remove one of the cases.
     
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  9. fredj338

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    Even uncrimped, that should not happen. Did you weigh each charge or just visually verify? To get any add'l use out of a taper crimp, you have to over apply it IME, & that doesn't help accuracy. With a 230grFMJ, I routinely run 4.7gr @ 1.255" OAL, about 820fps.
     
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  10. ReedyMod

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    One the 4.7 gr rounds, I weighed all 7 by hand. I will make up 20 or so and see how it does again.The others shot fine , powder seemed to be right on.Both 231 and WST seem to meter very well in the 550.

    I also looked at the brass on all the rounds with WST and everything looked really good. I will post again on the outcome.
     
  11. ReedyMod

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    Well I loaded up 20 more rounds of WST at 4.7grs only had a issue with one of them, just like last time. I also loaded up 50 at 4.5grs, 30 at 4.6grs and had no issue at all with those.

    I think I am going to stay at 4.6grs seems to be good for me.

    Thanks to all for the info.
     
    Last edited: Jun 3, 2012