Old Powder Question

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by Skip0831, Mar 3, 2014.

  1. Skip0831

    Skip0831 New Member

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    In the early 70's I did a lot of skeet shooting and reloading. Needless to say a wife and 3 kids, college for each and I could not afford to keep up with cost. Recently, I started shooting skeet and trap again competitively. In going through some boxes, I found a 5 lb keg of Hercules 2400 Powder. I believe I used it for my .410 reloading but not sure. I also found a can of DuPont Hi-Skor Shotshell Powder, no markings or anything on this can. Smell and visual inspection says both are still good. Anyone have any loading data on the 2400 Powder, I read some old reviews and while most said the 2400 was best for pistol rounds, I am sure I used it in my .410. Any light anyone can shed on this would be appreciated.
     
  2. hiwall

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    in my 1992 Hercules reloaders guide it gives data for 20 gauge loads and 410 loads using 2400 powder.
    the 410 2-1/2" loads list 13 to 14.5 grains
    the 410 3" loads list 14 to 14.5 grains

    for 12 gauge they only list it for buckshot loads
     

  3. Skip0831

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    Thanks Hiwall, I cant find that guide, what load did they give you for the 20 ga. Thanks again for the info.
     
  4. hiwall

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    20 ga. 3" 1 1/8 oz shot 36 grains powder
    20 ga. 3" 1 1/4 oz shot 34.5 gr. powder
    2-3/4" 1 oz shot 29.5 gr powder

    looks like all heavy loads
     
  5. Skip0831

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    Thankt Hiwall, The 20 ga does seem a little strong. I will see what the old charging bar for the MEC drops and then make a judgment decision. Sure dont want to blow up the gun to save a buck. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction. Went to the Alliant site this morning.