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Powder Use Question

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by CCW University, Feb 25, 2010.

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  1. CCW University

    CCW University Member

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    Hi all,

    I recently acquired a supply of previously owned powder. One of the kegs, and I mean keg this thing is a HUGE 8 pound can, is Winchester Western Ball Powder 296.

    This is what Winchester has to say about it:

    "This propellant was developed for Winchester factory-loaded ammunition for 357 Magnum, 444 Magnum, and 410 Bore. Its high loading density provides optimal velocity. 296 is recommended by Winchester for 410 Bore AA loads"

    I am predominately a .45acp shooter, can I get away with this powder for my .45 loads or am I best off passing it along?

    Also, how long will properly stored powder last? Does it loose any effectiveness over time?

    Thanks all,

    Pete
     
  2. mbopp

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    Don't try using it. Pass it along or trade it. 296 is a good magnum powder but it likes to be used in a full case. Reduced loads can lead to a detonation pressure spike with the results like a double charge of Bullseye.
     
  3. MichaelK

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    Sorry Pete, I don't know anyone that even publishes data on using 296 in the .45ACP. It shines with high pressure, high intensity loads in .357/.41/.44mag, and for Blackhawk only .45 Colt loads.

    You might want to extrapolate how much to use compared to a slow burning powder like Blue Dot or AA7 that is loaded in the .45, but I would guess you'd get viscous muzzle flash and mediocore performance. Hope you get a chance to trade it for something a little faster.
    Michael
     
  4. bluetopper

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    You need a fast burning powder for 45acp....and this isn't one of them.
    296 is for full house Magnum revolver loads. It won't hardly burn at low pressures like the 45.
     
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    See if you can find someone to trade it straight-up for a can of Win 231, Unique, or even Titegroup (good luck on the last one) and you'll be set.
     
  6. tiger rag

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    They are correct 296 is nice in 357 44 mag and 30 carbine , You would be well served with unique or 231. swap it
     
  7. CCW University

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    Thanks for all the great information guys...on the trading block it goes!
     
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    What area are you in ?
     
  9. RidgwayCO

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    Most people don't talk about it, but W296 is also nice in the .22 Hornet.
     
  10. Slamfire

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    W296 is the same stuff as H110.

    I recall reading that this powder was used in the 30 Carbine round.
     
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