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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.

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  1. beex215

    beex215 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 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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