New to the site, loads for HS-5?


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GaryL
November 21, 2006, 10:40 PM
Hi. Seems I land here every so often when searching for information, and then I browse a bit, so I figured I'd make it official and register.

Anyway I like to handload (can't afford not to), and I recently picked up some old Hodgdon HS-5 for cheap, and realized my manuals don't have any loads listed for it, so I figured I'd ask. Any data for 380acp, 9mm, 38spl, 357mag, 44mag, 45acp, and/or 45 colt would be appreciated.

Is there a handgun round that it works really well for?

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Steve C
November 22, 2006, 02:23 AM
Can't say what HS5 would really work well in but there is some data for it on the Speer No 9 manual. Its apparently a relatively fast powder somewhat faster than Unique. Its use looks to be similar to other fast powders in that there's not much data for magnum cartridges using it. Looks like it would make a decent .38 spl powder and there's data for it in the 9mm, .380, .44 spl, .44mag.

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GaryL
November 22, 2006, 10:18 AM
Steve,

Thanks for the data (and fast response). I'll probably just use it for some 9mm plinkers.

Gary

CZ57
November 23, 2006, 01:28 PM
From the SPEER #11: .380 ACP 4.7 - 4.9 grs. (1060 FPS) with an 88 gr. JHP and CCI550 SPM primer. 4.3 - 4.5 grs. (962 FPS) with the 100 gr. JHP and a standard CCI-500.

.38 Special: 5.4 - 6.0 grs. (950 FPS) with SPEER's 158 gr. Lead bullets and CCI550 SPM primer.

.357 Magnum: 9.0 -10.0 grs. (1384 FPS) with the 146 gr. JSWCHP and the 150 gr. TMJ and CCI550 SPM primer.

.44 Magnum: 5.1 grs. (545 FPS) with a .433" 120 gr. Round Ball and CCI300 LP primer.

.45 Colt: 9.4 - 10.4 grs. (903 FPS) with a SPEER 250 gr. SWC and a CCI350 LPM primer. 10.7 - 11.7 grs. (1058 FPS) with the 200 gr. Flying ashtray JHP and a CCI550 LPM primer. 9.6 - 10.6 grs. (934 FPS) with the 225 gr. JHP and a CCI550 LPM primer. 9.4 - 10.1 grs. (883 FPS) with the 260 gr. JHP and a CCI550 LPM primer.

Obviously, SPEER found this to be a good powder for the .45 Colt. HS-5 is a bit like AA#5 in that it loads slower than its burn rate indicates; just a bit faster than HS-6. In the Lyman #46 it was used in .380, .38 Special and .45 Colt as well. Both manuals show data for the .45 Auto Rim. The SPEER #11 manual is from the mid 80s when HS-5 was still common. Another load that it might have very good potential for is a .44 Special Shotshell with #7 1/2, 8, or 9 shot and the SPEER shotshell capsule. Charge is 8.2 grs. (1029 FPS) and a CCI350 LPM primer.

HS-5 is a bit hard to ignite so Magnum primers should be used where indicated. Happy Thanksgiving!;)

GaryL
November 23, 2006, 08:15 PM
CZ57,

Thanks for the data. The 45 Colt loadings look interesting, I may have to see how that works.

CZ57
November 24, 2006, 09:32 PM
GaryL: you're very welcome. In .45 Colt it looks as good as anything for standard pressure loads. The .44 Special shot load should be a good one, also.;)

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