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.380 and HS-6

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by J_McLeod, Oct 7, 2011.

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  1. J_McLeod

    J_McLeod Member

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    Does anyone use HS-6 with a 95 gr FMJ? I can't find any published data for it, even though Lee and Lyman publish data for powders with similar burn speeds.
     
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    That you can't find data for it is what we like to call a clue.

    If it was suitable, Hodgdon would want to sell you some, and publish data for it.

    I would imagine you couldn't get enough of it in a .380 case to get any velocity you could easily exceed with other more suitable powders.

    HS-6 burns best at much higher pressure then you can safely use in .380 ACP.

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    I hadn't thought of that. I had considered that it might be to slow, but forgot that it usually take more of it than some other powders.
     
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    My Sierra #3 has 95 grain jacketed .380 Auto data for HS-6; nice and snappy too. PM me, and I'll send it to you.

    Much "slower", much bulkier propellants than HS-6 are/have been published for use in 380 Auto, i.e. Blue Dot. Who knows for certain and for all reasons why a certain maker or publisher does not include certain propellants per application... It does not mean by any stretch exclusively, that its exclusion equals not being suitable on a ballistic performance metric.
     
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