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I was given a pound of Tightwad what can I do with it?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by shenck, Jul 2, 2009.

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  1. shenck

    shenck Member

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    All the loads I find for this powder is shotgun loads. Does anyone have any pistol loads for this powder? I can't believe it can't be used in pistol cases.
     
  2. rfwobbly

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    Might be used in a snub-nose if you had 60gr bullets.

    :D
     
  3. CTSigLover

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    That is a mighty fast powder, even faster than Bullseye and Red Dot...

    It may be urban legend, but I have heard that the reason you don't find factory pistol loads for cheap powders like Titewad and Promo is that the suppliers want to keep you using the more expensive powders in handguns... don't know if that's true, but it's what I have heard...

    Whatever you do, be careful, fast powders can get away from you quickly...
     
  4. shenck

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    thanks for the advice

    I won't do anything with it unless I get some reliable info. Since I got it for free I'm in no hurry to burn it, But if I can find a good use for it I will. Maybe I will start loading for shotgun:D
     
  5. fireflyfather

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    Promo was at one point, at least (probably still is) listed by alliant as having a secondary use as pistol powder. At one point it was listed as shotgun only. Regardless, load data for red dot can be substituted for promo, provided you load by equivalent weight, rather than equivalent volume. (In other words, you have to reset your powder measure, but charge weight remains constant). You'd have to reset your powder measure using a different bottle of red dot anyway to account for variances between lots of powder, so it's no more work than buying any other new bottle of powder.
     
  6. evan price

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    Promo works great for pistol loads as Red Dot by weight, not volume. Promo is basically the "old" Red Dot without the red flecks. ("old" meaning, before they were the "new, cleaner burning Red Dot" on the label).

    Tightwad can be used in stuff that will take a fast powder if carefully worked up. But then, that's information a very careful and experienced reloader could try.
     
  7. Walkalong

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    Agreed. Not something for the novice to start with. I do seem to remember someone here using it for pistol. Maybe they will join in.
     
  8. jmorris

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    Powder burn rates from http://www.reloadersnest.com/burnrates.asp
    2 R-1 (Norma)
    3 AP-30N (ADI)
    4 PK3 (Bofors)
    5 P805 (Rottwil)
    6 BA 10 (Vectan)
    7 N310 (Vihtavuori)
    8 Titewad (Hodgdon)
    9 Nitro 100 (Accurate)
    10 Bullseye (Alliant)
    11 Pis-3 (Nobel)
    12 Solo 1000 (Accurate)
    13 P801 (Rottweil)
    14 S121 (Somchem)
    15 Red Diamond (Scot)
    16 AS (Vectan)
    17 Red Dot (Alliant

    I've used N310 and BA 10 in 9mm, 45 and 38 and they are faster than tightwad, so I'm sure you could work up a load.

    When I read your topic my first thought was that tomorrow is the 4th...
     
  9. Jim Watson

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    Similar deal, I tried the defunct Winchester AA Plus in shotshells but went back to my old favorite of 700X. This left me with an orphan half pound of AA+. I made use of it by working up .38 Special loads TO BE SHOT ONLY IN .357 MAGNUM GUNS.
     
  10. shenck

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    4th of July

    I considered the whole fourth of July angle, But I was hoping for a more useful use for it. I still think it might be a good excuse to buy a shot shell loader. :D
     
  11. EMC45

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    "Promo works great for pistol loads as Red Dot by weight, not volume. Promo is basically the "old" Red Dot without the red flecks. ("old" meaning, before they were the "new, cleaner burning Red Dot" on the label).

    Tightwad can be used in stuff that will take a fast powder if carefully worked up. But then, that's information a very careful and experienced reloader could try."



    I have heard this very same thing myself! ..........Evan
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  12. Right Wing Wacko

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    Actually, you were most likely given 3/4 LB of TiteWad, as for some reason (probably to make it look cheaper) they package it in 3/4 LB canisters instead of full LB canisters like most other powders.

    The official stance of Hodgdon seems to be that it's a Shotgun powder ONLY and any other use is liable to leave your Gun in a million pieces and you dead.

    Who am I to go against the Manufacturers recommendations and warnings?

    I picked up "A Lb" a while back while not paying attention (I thought I was getting Tite GROUP), and it sits on my shelf unused. It will continue to sit there unused unless and until I take up loading shot shells or someone takes mercy on me and trades for me for something I can use. :)
     
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    I wish I had some tightwad maybe I wouldn't be broke all the time! Ha ha.
     
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    Hey, if all else fails you can throw it on your lawn. You won't believe how green the grass will get where you throw the powder down, really!! lol
     
  15. shenck

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    3/4 pound

    Yep 3/4 pound, I didn't notice before.
     
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    Shoot the living heck out of it in your pistols. That's what I'd do.
     
  17. shenck

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    Thats what this thread is about

    I'm looking for pistol loads for this powder. 45 acp, 44 mag./spcl., 357/38, 9 mm, 32 acp. If anyone can help me it would be appreciated.:)
     
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    I have heard that 3.0 grains of Titewad is a reasonable light target load in 230-grain .45 ACP or for a 148-gr wadcutter in .38 special.

    The same source also said 5.0 grains of Titewad works for .45 Colt and .44 Magnum for light target loads.

    However, this is secondhand information from asking some folks last night, I've never loaded Tightwad, and I do not have any test data or anything to back it up. Use at your own risk. Hodgdon says they do not intend for it to be used in pistols. YMMV.
     
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    If you have to ask..........
     
  20. shenck

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    I have a good Idea where to start

    I have a good Idea where to start, But I would like to hear what others have tried. There is nothing wrong with asking for advice, especially when working with such a fast powder.
     
  21. Right Wing Wacko

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    The word from Hodgdon is that TiteWad peaks without warning.

    3.1 grains might be just fine and show no signs of over pressure while 3.2 would cause the gun to explode.
     
  22. CTSigLover

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    +1

    That is exactly what I was trying to say when I mentioned that some very fast powders can get away from you in a hurry. Please be careful... 3/4 pound is what $15... maybe just let it go... not worth the risk.
     
  23. shenck

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    Guess I'll sart reloading shot shells

    Guess I'll start reloading shot shells. It's a good excuse to buy more reloading equipment.:D
     
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    Now you're talking my language!

    Seriously, I'm glad you decided not to use that powder in pistol rounds. Any powder that's faster than Red Dot, Clays or Bullseye sure scares me for handgun loads. (and I don't scare too easy)
     
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