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Alliant 2400

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Mt Shooter, May 3, 2008.

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  1. Mt Shooter

    Mt Shooter Member

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    I was going through my powder cabinet and noted that what it seems I unintionally have done is basically buy powder for every reason. I have bullseye for 45 apc/40s&w, Hercon for slug loads, unique for shot loads, I still have Dupont powder for 30/06 not sure they still even make that anymore. Then I came across an almost full pound of Alliant 2400, I think I got that in a trade deal years ago. Looking for something to do with it I thought I could use it for 223 rem. (use aH335 for that) but the reloading charts state that it may not operate in A.R. type guns and should only be used in a bolt action type gun. I didnt see any listing for using it for shot shells , any one have any idea what to use it for other that shelf filler?
     
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    I use 2400 for .357 magnum loads. 14gr of 2400 158gr Hornady XTP bullets and CCI Magnum Pistol primer gives me a very accurate 1325fps load out of my S&W Model 66 4" barrel.
     
  3. whistler

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    it does good in 357mag and 44mag
     
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  5. Gewehr98

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    Works great in .357 Magnum!

    It's one of my favorite Desert Eagle loads, with a 158gr bullet.

    I also use 2400 for cast bullet rifle loads, from .30-30 Winchester to .45-70 Government. It's very clean-burning in those applications.
     
  6. ArchAngelCD

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    Like the others have said, it's a good powder for reloading .357 Magnum and .44 Magnum rounds.

    It can also be used in the 40 S&W with heavy bullets. It works great in the .44 Special when loading Jacketed bullets. Also, don't forget about using it in the 10mm.

    Along with W296/H110 and Lil'Gun it is a go-to powder for loading the 454 Casull. (and the .460 and .500 S&W Magnum rounds) If you load for the 45 Colt it will shine in the Ruger, Freedom Arms & T/C only loads. (as will W296/H110 and 4227)

    If you reload for the 30 Carbine you can use 2400 there too.
     
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    I use it for my 357 Mag and 44 Mag as well. I wish I could find a 1 lb. of powder at my house like that, too.:) It would be a very pleasant surprise.
     
  8. steve4102

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    I use 2400 in my 410 and 221 Rem Fireball. Great stuff.
     
  9. redneck2

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    "Good" is a relative term, although it's difficult to have too much or too many powders IMO. I'd think it's WAY too fast for an AR. It would, however, be an excellent excuse to buy a .357 or .44 mag. You can also use it for heavier loads in a Ruger .45LC.
     
  10. Lloyd Smale

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    its just to fast burning for a 223. Keeping it at safe pressures you wont get enough velocity to be usefull in a 223. Only real use for it in the 223 would be to shoot cast bullets at slow speeds to make plinking ammo. Bottom line is that if you have to ask you probably arent an experienced enough handloader to be fooling with fast powders in rifle cases. Im not in any way trying to be sacastic so dont take offense. Its just that alot of people get hurt fooling with combinations that just dont make sense and this is one of them.
     
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    Alliant 2400 makes an excellent 460 S&W Mag. load. It sounds like you really need to buy a handgun so you can use that powder that is just going to waste; at least that's what you can tell your wife.
     
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    Mt Shooter,


    If you don't have a use for it I will be happy to take off your hands.:) 2400 is a great powder.
     
  13. dagger dog

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    Hercules the predcessor of Alliant Powder, developed this powder back in the '30's in conjunction with the
    Winchesters new .22 Hornet, the hottest varmint cartridge at the time.
    They claimed with the right bulllet it gave 2400 fps in the Hornet chamberings and therefore the name
    2400

    It was also used in the development of the .357 Magnum cartridge, by such icons as Elmer Keith!
     
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    What kind of charges are you running in the 45/70?
     
  15. Mt Shooter

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    I have always used Bullseye for my 357, have about 1000 rounds loaded. Using montana gold bullets. Have not shot it in a while, guess I better get it out.
     
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    2400 is a great 44mag powder. Very flexible loading range, good accuracy from mild to stout.
     
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    It varies...

    I've been running about 22.0gr behind a 405gr hard-cast bullet for a 1400fps load in my Marlin 1895SS. I've also run it behind a 485gr Whitworth-style bullet out of my 32" Sharps, with excellent accuracy and light recoil.

    The Lyman Cast Bullet Handbook lists several Alliant 2400 loads for the .45-70, in all three power levels for that cartridge.
     
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    what kind of loads are we talkin'? Got a pet load you want to share?
     
  19. Mt Shooter

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    Thanks for the heads up its hard to reverse engineer a load. One normally looks it up and goes and gets the powder not have the powder and look for something to do with it. Its been sitting there for some time now. I traded gun powder from a ex gun smith in trade for a table. That was the one powder I didn't know what to do with. Thought it was for shot shells.
     
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    2400 is a superb .22 Hornet powder. It also Works well in the .22K-Hornet and .17K-Hornet.
     
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    M1 carbine, and cast bullet rifle loads-my favorite powder!:D
     
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    Agree with others here: the only thing I've used it in is .357. Works great with hot loads there.

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    If I had any I'd try it in hot 45LC loads (Ruger/TC only). As it is, I use H110 for that, and it works great.
     
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    I think one thing that hasn't been pointed out is how flexible 2400 is. Not saying it the "BEST" powder to use, but you can go from near max loads down to mouse fart loads.

    As other have said I use it for lower velocity loads in my rifles. As far as I can say 2400 is good powder to use when not filling cases to capacity.

    I use it in 38 Special, 357 magnum, 44 Special, 45 Colt, .222 Reminton, & 45-70.
     
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    Thanks, I might have to give it a try. I only use it in my 357's now.
     
  25. cottonmouth

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    I have loaded .38+p, .357, .44 mag, 454 casull and 458 Win. Mag with 2400. The world is a better place with it!

    J.B.
     
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