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Found some more powder: IMR Target. Any favorite loads?

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  1. 1KPerDay

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    I need to load .45 ACP (not sure what I have left but likely 230 grain something or other) and 9mm 124 Berry's RN.
     
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    Nice find. I load most of my 9 with AA No 5 or 7. I do load 45 Colt a lot with H110 and AA5744.
     
  3. AJC1

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    Are you asking for pet loads with that powder for those to projectile weights. I have never seen or used that powder.
     
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    I guess anything would be helpful. I have heard good things about IMR Target and will of course verify with published sources.
     
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    It looks like it's IMR's copy of Bullseye, so I would suspect mid-range loads with standard bullet weights would work well, even 230grn .45's.
     
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    Hodgdon online has some data for it, I used the 125gr data for 9mm as a starting point. I was shooting for minor and didn’t quite finish the load workup as I switched to a 147gr bullet. Where I left it was 124gr RMR FP MW, 4.2gr Target, 1.120” COL 129 PF out of a P226. Good grouping and a sharper felt recoil than N320 or ASP.
    Same deal for .45, online data, and loaded both 200 SWC and 230 plated and HAPs.
    I had some RMR 230gr RN Pulls, 4.4gr Target, 1.230” COL 172PF out of a 625. Online data only had Lead RN and FMJ FP so I worked down to this PF actually.
    I like most aspects of Target including the fact I could get some. The only negative is it doesn’t meter quite as well as others in my Hornady LNL. I believe the flakes are pressed so thin they sometimes bind the rotor. Both IMR Red and Target meter the same. But the powders burn clean, group well and definitely something I’ll order again when supply is a bit better. Good luck.
     
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    Watch your powder drops. Every time I try and use that powder it clogs up my Hornady LNL dispenser and causes real light charges. I've used at least 2 dozen different powders in the last 5 year and Target is the only one that has caused this problem.
     
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    I'm watching for experiences between W244 and IMR Target. I have better of 3 lbs. of HP-38 left, but am looking to find at other options. :)

    Sounds like Target may meter like Titegroup?
     
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    I've been working with W244... I like it. It meters very well, and seems to be consistent enough. It is sensitive to case fill, however... the same charge under the same bullet with a shorter OAL tightened up the SD a LOT. I have not done any powder position tests, however.

    I've had good results with it in both the .45ACP and 9mm.
     
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    As was I. While I like the old tried and true powders I’m not adverse to trying the new kids on the block. My initial impressions of both W244 and Target were that I’d order 8#ers the next time. W244 metered fine in my LNL, but Target would sometimes hang up the rotor. I did not get bridging but then again I have polished most drop surfaces and had a slight mod to the powder measure so it cut the rotor at a more oblique angle. Both powders were clean burning and good groups.
    In my LNL I don’t have any trouble metering Titegroup. TG is very consistent, about the only powder that does better than TG is AA2.
     
  12. kcofohio
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    Interesting! Thank you for sharing.
     
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