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I wonder why Hogdon has no WST data for 9mm

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by HOOfan_1, Jul 20, 2013.

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  1. HOOfan_1

    HOOfan_1 Member

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    I use W231/HP-38 for 9mm, .40 S&W and .45 ACP. But in this shortage I can't find any, and WST seems to be available.


    Reading other message boards it seems WST is prefered over W231 for .45 ACP because it is cleaner and needs less powder for comparable velocities.

    Hogdon has data for .40 S&W and .45 ACP, but nothing for 9mm. I would think if anyone would have the data, it would be Hogdon.
     
  2. bds

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    There is no current published load data for WST and 9mm from Hodgdon nor in older 1999-2005 load data from Winchester. Interestingly, there are plenty of WST load data for 40S&W and 45ACP in current/older load data from Hodgdon/Winchester. Lyman #49 only shows WST load data for 45ACP.

    Perhaps this may help - http://www.brianenos.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=144946&p=1928938
    http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=493588
    More links with chrono data (But use unpublished load data at your own risk!):

    http://www.brianenos.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=144946&#entry1626833

    http://www.brianenos.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=111615

    http://www.brianenos.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=69725
     
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    I think Hodgdons hasn't done a lot of handgun testing with it just because of that 'W' in the name. (it's even worse with WSF, which is a wonderful powder with almost no data)
     
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    Same problem here, no HP-38, got a # of WST. Guess I'll start @ 4 gr for 130 gr 9mm.
     
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    Huh? Hodgdon has plenty of 9mm load data for WSF. I like it for full power loads, especially with Speer Gold Dot bullets.
     
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    hmmm maybe that is why, but the .40 S&W isn't exactly a low pressure round
     
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    Even if that is true(which I doubt because they distribute just as much "W" powder as "H" or "IMR") it doesn't explain why NO other published load manuals show any recipes.(At least the ones I have don't...Hornady, Speer, Lymans, Nosler along with the Hodgdons) Whenever I see a powder missing from the recipes listed in a large variety of published sources, I assume it it because the powder is a poor choice for the components being used in that caliber. Don't know what else it could be.
     
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    WST is fantastic for light 9mm loads. It's definitely not a bad powder for the round, and not as touchy as Clays. I suppose if you tried to make +P rounds with it, you could get into trouble. But the same could be said for Bullseye, another excellent 9mm choice.
     
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