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Hercules 2400 whats it good for?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by jeeptim, Sep 11, 2011.

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  1. jeeptim

    jeeptim Member

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    Got a bunch oF powder the other day over 30lb and some Browing 308 brass for $100. Got several unopened old tins of hercules 2400 on the can it says for small rifle having trouble finding data any ideas??
     
  2. James2

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    Good powder for 44 Mag.
    My Lyman book gives one load for 222 Rem using 2400.
     
  3. jeeptim

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    Thanx James was looking for some data in 223 as that is the smallest i reload
     
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    Good powder for cast bullet loads in magnum handguns,also used in cast bullet rifle loads in many rifle calibers. It's one of my favorite powders for shooting cast bullets in my SKS and Mosin rifles.
     
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    2400 uses

    It was a "go to" powder for 44 special back in the Elmer Keith overload days. A lot of folks still use it for 44 magnum. Supposedly similar results but slightly different from H110 and 296 ( of course those two are the same powder with different labels).

    regards,

    :):):)
     
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    It's my primary powder for 357 mag.
     
  8. zombie44

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    2400 and AA#9 are my favorite powders to use for 44 mag.
     
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    #2400 also has wide use in cast-bullet ammo.
    It's my "go to" powder for use in .22Hornet,.223, .45/70, .338MarlinExp. and .30/06. Many "records" have been shot in cast-bullet bench-rest competiton with the .30/06 with 20.0gr of #2400.
    Be careful with these appplications however, because it is possible to double charge a case if you're not careful. A double charge is obvious, but you DO have to look to see it.

    It is also my "heavy load" powder for .357mag, .41mag, .44mag and .45LC. For these, the accuracy is unexcelled and velocities are close to those of H110/296.
     
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    Good powder for heavy revolver loads. Can achieve similar velocities with other powder @ half the volume. I burn a bunch in my .44s.
     
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    I still use a lot of it in my .357s and 44 mags, also for my 45 Colt cast bullet deer loads. As a matter of fact, it is the only thing I use in those for heavy loads. Then again, I've been around a long time and tend to stay with what has worked for me. I've used it with some success in rifle shells with cast bullets but have found stuff that works better there.
     
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    "Hercules 2400 whats it good for?"

    It works very well for flattening the headstamps on .357 loads. I used to love max loads of 2400 with 125 gr JHP's. Real accurate but the loads did tend to be hard on cases. The headstamps got shallower and shallower after each load. Hand kind of hurt too.;)
     
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    Just to clarify, I take it Hercules 2400 is the same as modern Alliant 2400?
     
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    357 and 44 RM plus BP speed cast loads in 45-70.
     
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    Yep, was Hercules prior to Alliant. Great powder. I use it for .357, .45LC, and .30 Carbine, but I'm afraid it's too fast of a powder for you, jeeptim, for the cartridges you mentioned.

    Don
     
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    Basically yes. Alliant bought the Hercules line of powders. I am not sure if Alliant 2400 is made at the same plant as where Hercules made their 2400 so there may be some small differences in load data due to manufacturing differences.
     
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    2400 is a great for .357 mag and .44 mag. i also load .30 carbine with it.
     
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    Ain't good fer nuthin'. Send it to me and I'll properly dispose of it for ya!
     
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    .41 mag
     
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    Mostly I use my supply of 2400 to fuel hot .44 Magnums: 21 gr. behind a 240 gr. jacketed bullet. But it finds its way into .357 Magnums too. Usually, though, those are a little shy of max loads since the max rifle load for the 125 gr. bullet I use is little lower than the max pistol load.
     
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    Even though the can is calling 2400 a rifle powder it really isn't a rifle powder in the strictest sense. Back in the day when there were very few smokeless powders being manufactured Unique was a handgun powder and 2400 was used in rifle ammo. I think 2400 was used mostly with lead bullets probably because that's what most shooters were using. I think it was developed for use in the 22 Hornet.

    Today 2400 is considered one of the premier magnum handgun powders available. In the .357 Magnum it produces accurate and hard hitting ammo although for top velocities I prefer W296. Sorry to say if you bought this powder thinking you were going to load a wide range of rifle rounds you are going to be disappointed. That is unless you also shoot a lot of magnum handgun calibers. BUT, 2400 is still recommended for calibers like the 22 Hornet, 22 Jet, 218 Bee and a few others that are similar. I think it's also used in 410 shotshells but I'm not sure on that one.
     
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    It is the most accurate powder I have found for .44 Mag and .45 Win Mag. It is wonderful with lead bullets in most rifles.
    I think that every shotgun gauge and normal handgun cartridge can probably be loaded with Bullseye/Red Dot, Unique/Herco, and 2400.
     
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    I don't know. Gunwriters keep on insisting that the maximum charges with Alliant 2400 are less than the older version of 2400.

    Alliant did something to bullseye and unique to make them “cleaner burning”, I don’t know if they did anything to 2400

    Use the reloading data available at the time of production.
     
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