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ill effects of tracer T powders on non tracer loads

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by beex215, Dec 2, 2012.

  1. beex215

    beex215 New Member

    May 13, 2012
    ive only been reading about the "barrel erosions" if its even true. anybody with first hand experience use the T type powders with regular fmj/ cast?
  2. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Senior Member

    Nov 25, 2006
    Northeast PA, USA
    I don't use a lot of none canister powders but my buddy uses 100's of pounds of it!

    He loads both NATO rounds and uses both WC844 and WC846 in the "plain"and T forms without any adverse effects on any of his barrels. (several AR-15 and AR-10 rifles and some older rifles too)

    From what I'm told the tracer powders are mixed slightly differently than the service ammo powders to increase velocities slightly. I don't know if that's true though. I don't think WC844T or WC846T will damage barrels.

    BUT, this is only a report from one shooter all be it MANY rounds in a lot of rifles. I still suggest you find out from a lot more shooters and loaders before you use it.
  3. ATCDoktor

    ATCDoktor Member

    Apr 7, 2008
    I have burned about 40 pounds of WC844T in the last 3 years and have seen nothing in the way of accelerated barrel wear/erosion.

    In short barrels it has significant flash but other than that there have been no adverse effects.

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