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Vintage Red-Dot, AL5, and AL7

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by WindowLicker, Aug 12, 2010.

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  1. WindowLicker

    WindowLicker Member

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    Got a question for you guys. The powder I inherited a while back is still good, it is not rusty, and smells normal, however I am curious if the burn rate of Red-Dot has changed since about 1970. I do have some old books still but I wanted to get input from you guys and not the ones writing the books;).

    I am using the AL5 and AL7 ( and I think there is some AL8 in there as well) in 38spl/357 and it works well when I can find data from almost 40 years ago.

    The Red-dot will be 12Ga and revolver loads.

    Any help would be great.
     
  2. frankge

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    I'd send alliant an email, Ben and staf are really great about getting back to you.
     
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    I picked up an old 8lb cardboard container of RD last year. Been using it ever since without any problems. Start lower than max and work up. It should be all right.
     
  4. Ateam-3

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    I also load AL5 and AL7. This powder must be 40+ years old. I have found some reloading data in a couple of older manuals (Speer, Herter's) from the 60's. I have had no problems with it for 38 special.

    I do not know if the burn rate on the Red Dot has changed or not. Contacting Alliant is probably the best thing to do.
     
  5. WindowLicker

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    Thanks I will send them an email and find out.

    Ateam - I too have a couple of old Lyman, Speer, and Herter's books from the 60's. They are great to have on hand for just this type of thing.

    Thanks again.
     
  6. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    Red Dot has never changed that I know of.

    If it had, about 50 gazillion shotgun press powder-bushings would have become obsolete & dangerous overnight!!

    rc
     
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    There was a formulation change to Red Dot some time ago, in 2000 iirc. It was then relabelled "New, Cleaner-Burning Red Dot!" I think.
    I don't think it actually affected burn rate or VMD though.
     
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