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Light loads and SEE?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by andym79, Dec 30, 2011.

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  1. andym79

    andym79 Member

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    Sorry to keep asking silly questions like this but, do Red Dot, Green Dot, Blue Dot, Bullseye, 2400, H4227 or unique pose a risk of Secondary Explosive Effect in very light loads? Are they position sensitive? Do you think a squib is much more likely than SEE?

    I refer to loads of loads like this Red dot 5.5grns 170grn RNFP .30-30 between 1000 - 1024fps!
    Green Dot as above 6grns, Blue Dot as above 8.0grns!
    Bullseye " 5.5grns
    2400 " 8grns
    H4227 " 10grns
    Unique " 9grns

    I am petrified of SEE!

    Thanks.
     
  2. 35 Whelen

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    In a word, NO, they're not. I've fired literally thousands of cast bullet rifle loads with Red Dot (one of my favorites), Bullseye, Unique, 2400, AA#7, SR4759, AA5744 and IMR4198 in cartridges such as .308 Win., 303 Brit, 30-40 Krag, 30-06, and most of all the 7.5x55mm. Never, ever a single problem or even a hint of a problem.
    I can't speak for Green Dot or Blue Dot, but the powders I mentioned above are all very position INsensitive.

    35W
     
  3. andym79

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    Do you use fillers?
     
  4. Walkalong

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    Around 1000% (Just a WAG) more likely.

    If you want to check for powder position sensitivity with your load, shoot a cylinder full over the chrono with the powder back against the primer. (Muzzle to the sky, ease down level and shoot) Then do the opposite (Muzzle down, ease it up, shoot) and see what velocities you get and what kind of burn you get. Sometimes it can be tremendously different.

    Make sure all bullets exit the barrel. You can easily stick a bullet this way. Plated or jacketed are MUCH easier to stick than lead, and will show bigger differences PB & PF than lead.

    If you are still concerned about it, use a case full of Trail Boss. (Fill to base of bullet) Lots of fun, clean, and safe.
     
  5. 35 Whelen

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    Nope, no fillers.

    35W
     
  6. res45

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    andym79 there are no silly questions when it comes to reloading,it's the questions that you don't ask that usually get you into trouble. You need to pick yourself up a copy of the Lyman Cast bullet manual. Both #3 & #4 have lots of load data using fast to med. fast burning powders with cast bullets as well as several traditional powders you would normally see used with jacketed bullet but work with cast as well. The #3 manual will cover loads using Lyman molds only while the newer #4 manual covers Lyman as well as selected molds made by Lee,Saeco and I believe RCBS as well I've just been looking through my buddies copy and comparing date before I buy my own copy.

    With powders like Alliant 2400,Red Dot and Unique which are my most commonly used powders for cast bullet rifle loads and there are many more that work as well I stick with the listed data and don't use any fillers and have never had any issues with any rifle I use them in which are 7.62 x 39 & 54r,300 Sav. and 30-30,they all have produce very accurate and economical loads.

    Squib and SEE loads can be caused by many things,poor reloading practices as in not paying attention to what your doing or malfunctions with your loading equipment that you don't notice. And last but not least using the wrong type powder and the listed load data with it for the type cartridge your putting together.
     
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  7. rcmodel

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    See this about SEE:
    http://www.thehighroad.org/showpost.php?p=6976324&postcount=2

    It is a non factor with fast burning pistol powders.

    As everyone said, a stuck bullet is the thing you need to worry about if you go below recommended Starting loads for whatever reason.

    Handguns that blow up with light charges of fast power blow up because of double charges getting in a case by negligence on the part of the reloader.

    rc
     
  8. andym79

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    I am really starting to think to myself, for light loads trail boss is the way to go.
    It has such a low density that the case will be 70-100% full, theoretically removing any chance of SEE!
     
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    After a little more research into burn rates and density, Blue Dot, 2400, 4227, H4198 and H48955 don't seem so great as subsonic loads!

    Where as International, Unique and Universal would appear better suited, but not ideal, having significantly slower burn rates than these powders:

    5. Alliant Bullseye 9.398
    8 Alliant Red Dot 7.077
    14 Hodgdon Clays 6.8408
    18 Trailboss 3.046
    25 Alliant Green Dot 7.924

    With the exception of Bullseye, All of these powder are bulky, Trailboss especially so. I find myself thinking that Trailboss and Red Dot, and possibly Clays, are probably the best choices!
     
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    So are you saying avoid Clays because it can develop very high pressure at a certain threshold?
     
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    What I have heard as standard procedure with Trail Boss is to mark the inside of the case at where the base of the bullet will be when it is seated. Fill the case with Trail Boss to that spot (and up to this point, Walkalong and I are in perfect agreement) and then weigh that powder charge and calculate 70% of that weight. Use that charge of T.B. as a starting charge. If you want more power, increase the charge weight, observing your brass and gun for overpressure.

    T.B.'s maker recommends strongly against ever compressing a charge of Trail Boss.

    Walkalong, I respect your experience (having read your posts many many times). Omitting the 70% starting surprized me.

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    If you blow your gun up with a fast powder it's either because you stuck a bullet or you used too much of it.
     
  16. Walkalong

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    Trail Boss can do strange things in pistol calibers with plated or jacketed bullets when not at 100% load density. (It loves lead though.)

    After that experience, I have only loaded rifle calibers and jacketed bullets using 101% load density. I settle the powder just a hair with a little (A little!) jiggle to get my level.

    I would be interested if someone tested a 70% density load with lead or jacketed in a rifle caliber.

    Shoot a few powder back against the primer, and then shoot a few with the powder against the bullet.

    I did that with 4.1 Grs of TB in .32-20 with a 100 Gr plated bullet and stragly enough with the powder against the bullet I got consistent velocities in the 800's, but when I shot it powder against the primer, it would go bang, bang, poot, bang, poot, poot, bang. The bangs were 800+ and the poots were 300+.

    Tried it twice with the same results. Very strange. Normally the velocity drops when the powder is against the bullet away from the primer. 99% of powders anyway. Solo 1250 gave more velocity PF vs PB. Most drop velocity by 100 to 300 FPS, and sometimes more using plated or jacketed bullets. Lead does much beter.
     
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    I will consider that. Your results surprise me. I have observed the velocity reductions you describe when using small charges of fast powders in large cases. Even Trail Boss (Unique and Bullseye, too). Getting a HUGE reduction in velocity when the powder is against the primer end of the case has me puzzled (and a little nervous, too). What kind of primers? My first thought is that you were using standard primers with a weak flame that got muffled by the pile of powder, if that is even possible and/or small flash hole.

    You have got me puzzled, but I am afraid I do not have the knowledge to figure it out with certainty.

    Good food for thought.

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    I was puzzled as well. It did not do that with a lesser amount of Trail Boss (Not good numbers, but no near squibs with the powder against the primer), so your theory may be right. They were Winchester small pistol primers. I could redo the load with small rifle primers and see what it does. I believe I will load some just the same, and some with SR primers, and see what happens. AC
     
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    Would magnum pistol primers be a better choice for a test of my theory?
     
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    I re-read the OP and have a thought.

    SEE and Squibs are alike in that they can create the same results, but they are as unlike as you can get, in that they have COMPLETELY different causes.

    SEE is caused by highly unpredictable factors of chemistry and physics. A squib is cause by the loader just making a blunder.

    Put another way. I cannot guarantee SEE. I can guarantee a squib.

    No need to be petrified of either. While SEE cannot be produced at will, it CAN be prevented at will. Follow good loading practices and be 100% assiduous and you will be as safe as shooting factory ammo (probably safer).

    No need to be petrified of either. SEE is like an accident - jet engine falling on your house, but more preventable. A squib is like an accident - shooting yourself in the foot or hitting your thumb with a hammer.

    Lost Sheep
     
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  21. Walkalong

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    Don't have any, and I do not know which is stronger, small pistol mag or standard small rifle. I do have small rifle mag primers. I'll try them.
     
  22. rcmodel

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    Handloader did a couple of years ago.

    What they found out was, the 70% starting load was so slow in most rifle calibers that the bullets would not stabilize and even sometimes key-holed.

    They said the best accuracy in about every caliber they tested was loaded to the base of the seated bullet.

    They did not say to skip the starting load work up in so many words.

    But they might as well have said it.

    rc
     
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    International is not recommended for use in anything but shotshells. It's reported to spike pressures easily. Universal is one thing but don't use International.
     
  24. Galil5.56

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    Some "Cowboy" loads= ADI and ADI developed data from Hodgdon using International/HS50N.
     
  25. Duckdog

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    I use some of those powders in reduced loads for cast and have had zero problems. I do not use filler, either. By and large, I use Unique the most for reduced loads with excellent results. As you probably know, stay with the published loads for Unique and you'll be fine. You got some good advice over on the Cast Boolits boards. Most of us over there use reduced loads extensively.

    One of the Lee manuals also goes into what your worried about.
     
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