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Single base or double base for lead

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Wash-ar15, Aug 16, 2010.

  1. Wash-ar15

    Wash-ar15

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    I like to shoot lead as it is less expensive than CMJ/FMJ. THe only negative is the smoke. I have read that single base powders like Solo 1K produce less smoke than double base powders.

    Any truth to this?
     
  2. HAMMERHEAD

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    I think there is some truth to it, all the gun writers of years past claimed it was true.
    I know Titegroup burns hot as hades and smokes pretty good, while the VV powders are not so bad.
    Other factors are involved, lube, bullet sizing...
     

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    I think there is some truth, even burn rate can affect smoke depending on what the bullet lube is.
     
  4. WiskyT

    WiskyT Malcontent

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    SR4756 is a very good single base powder in the same range as Unique. I only loaded a few rounds with it and wasn't looking for smoke. I never really noticed smoke being an issue as I always thought it was part shooting. Don't confuse it with SR4759, which is a very good powder for reduced rifle loads.
     
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    IMR SR 7625 is another good single base powder. It meters very well, but is at it's best in small auto cases, not very good in revolver cases. (very position sensitive).
     
  6. gwalchmai

    gwalchmai Lucky Member

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    I just finished off my first 8lb jug of S-1000. I like it a lot in .45 ACP & Colt. Maybe a little less smoke, too.
     
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    Bullseye and Unique smoke a LOT with my lead loads. Went to an indoor range once, couldn't finish my time because the target became obscured and people on the line were waving their hands around. That's all I have to contribute.
     
  8. DWARREN123

    DWARREN123 Grumpy Old Guy Silver Member

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    I shoot 40 S&W and have tried different powders with lead. Does not seem to matter, the smoke mostly comes from the bullet lube in my opinion.
     
  9. gwalchmai

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    Agree.