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ramshot powders

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by hornadylnl, Dec 13, 2006.

  1. hornadylnl

    hornadylnl Well-Known Member

    Anyone had any luck with Ramshot brand powders? I can get it for a little over $15 a pound at the local Sportsmans Warehouse.
  2. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Well-Known Member

    No, but if I could get it for $15 a pound, I would sure try some. The only local source is expensive and sporadic in supply.
  3. 1911user

    1911user Well-Known Member

    People seem to be having success with ramshot TAC in heavy bullet 223 and 308 match loads.
  4. ReloaderFred

    ReloaderFred Well-Known Member

    For pistol loading, I like the Silhouette, which is the same powder as the old Winchester WAP. I don't like True Blue, which has proven to be awfully dirty in most applications I've tried.

    A friend shoots a lot of High Power competition, and he's settled on TAC for his match .223 loads and found it equaled or exceeded anything else he's tried.

    Hope this helps.

  5. steve4102

    steve4102 Well-Known Member

    Ramshot powders are fast becoming my powders of choice. I use Ramshot BigGame in my 7MM-08, 30-06, 9.3x62.
    Hunter in my 300WSM, 30-06, 7MM-08
    X-Terminator in my 7.62x39

    Accuracy is excellent along with some impressive velocities as well.

  6. CZ57

    CZ57 member

    While some suggest that True Blue is dirty, they often turn around and recommend W-231! Personally, I don't find my pistols any harder to clean when I shoot True Blue loads. 6.1 grs. with the OT 170 gr. SWC in .40 S&W is a tack driver in my CZ 75 B. Speaking of Ramshot and 231, data is finally being published in reloading manuals and the latest from Sierra recommends Ramshot Zip as the accuracy powder for their .45 ACP 200 gr. JFP, their "match" bullet. Very similar in performance to 231, but far cleaner if clean is your priority. Accuracy is mine and True Blue has delivered the goods in 9mm and .45 ACP, particularly with the 230 gr. Golden Saber. The Lyman P & R III has very good things to say about True Blue, particulary for the .45 GAP. Enforcer is very similar to AA#9 and if turns out to be as good in .357 and .41 Magnum as #9 is . . . One thing that most have not caught on to about True Blue is its versatility. This is a dense ball powder that meters like sand and is a far better choice for the title of "One Powder Does All" in handgun loads and you get very small standard deviations in nearly all of them. So much for Unique.

    Like Steve, I use X-Terminator. TAC is ideally suited to heavy bullet loads in .223 with highest velocity. Hunter is the one that really gets my attention. A dense ball powder at 950 grams/liter that will meter better than sand. The undiscovered aspect is that it has temperature stability like an extruded propellant. Something that can't be claimed for W-760 and H-414. Hunter is a bit slower and listed near R-19 in burn rate, but it is very suitable to .243, .260 and the 7mm-08 as well as full length cartridges like .270 and .280 with light to medium weight bullets.;)
  7. crux

    crux Active Member

    I use TAC with 69 through 77gr loads in the 223. I've had very good luck with Hornady 75 and Nosler 77 OTMs with Federal 205M primers. If somebody told me TAC was the only powder I could load for bullet weights above 69gr, I wouldn't lose any sleep, as long as I had enough Fed 205Ms on hand. Note: I have not tried CCI BR4 primers yet. Feds beat Rem 7.5, CCI 400 and 450 (second place), and WSR in my guns, YMMV.
  8. P0832177

    P0832177 member

    I really like TAC! and the price is right!
  9. tuck2

    tuck2 Well-Known Member

    I reload Ramshot Magnum powder in my 264 Win with 140 Gr bullets.
  10. Shaughn Leayme

    Shaughn Leayme Well-Known Member

    I like the Enforcer powder in my 45, with a load just above starting, I am pushing 230 gold dots to 1000 fps , current manual doesn't list Enforcer for the 45 (ed 4.1) but a phone call to the company will get the load data for Enforcer.

    Using Magnum and Big Game and will be experimenting with TAC, when I run out of W748 for my 308.

    I like it an since it tends to be cheaper than other brands and gives good performance, it has a definite appeal.
  11. threefeathers

    threefeathers Well-Known Member

    TAC is my powder of choice for 223 and 308. Nothing meter's better.
  12. Crimp

    Crimp Well-Known Member

    I like Ramshot powders

    I've been through 3 pounds of True Blue in 9mm, 38, 357, 45, and (believe it or not) .480 Ruger. If it's dirty, it's not as bad as many other powders I've used and, personally, I think it's one of the cleaner powders.

    As soon as I can find it, I'm going to give ZIP a try. It's right beside 231 on the burn rate chart and might be a better powder for the lighter weight bullets. Anyone tried it?

    I also wonder about Silhouette. Does it burn like the old WAP that seemed to leave some tough gunk on the gun?

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