Smokey loads

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by Logan2302, Feb 26, 2011.

  1. Logan2302

    Logan2302 New Member

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    I was wondering how many of you out there would share your short lists or a web link that listed the powder/bullet combinations that create excessive residue and smoke. I'm mainly focused on lead bullets because cleaning up a jacketed bullet load isn't too hard.

    With lead bullets sometimes the crud & smoke is caused by the lead, the bullet lube, or both.

    I shot a few rounds of 40's the other day I think were loaded with Titegroup (a new powder to me) that were real smoke bombs.:(
     
  2. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    I did some loads in my 45 that used bullseye and man that stuff is FILTHY. I stick to titegroup now in my 45acp.... I can shoot all day long and it doesn't look dirty at all.
     

  3. TXnorton

    TXnorton New Member

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    .45 Long Colt - 230 grain lead round nose bullet over 35 grains (volume) 3Fg BLACK POWDER. Makes LOTS of smoke!
     
  4. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    I use titegroup all the time. That is my favorite pistol powder. However, clays is supposed to be really clean. I have used a little. Don't really remember anthing special about it myself though.
     
  5. thesalos

    thesalos New Member

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    I have found the w 231 shoots very clean. Better then Clays and BLUE DOT
     
  6. jpattersonnh

    jpattersonnh Active Member

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    W231 is my go to for cast lead target loads. It is dirtier than Unique. But I still run at least 500 rounds w/ 231 without issue.
     
  7. Logan2302

    Logan2302 New Member

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    Bullseye v Titegroup

    When i picked up those 40's, I only had the fps marked on the box. Since your post vie been thinking that they may have been bullseye loads instead of Titegroup!

    Thanks


    I went back to my notes and have found out that the only options I would have used were Power Pistol or Titegroup at that time. Bullseye is probably too hot for a 180 gr lead 40 cal and I haven't been using it large calibers.
     
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2011
  8. Logan2302

    Logan2302 New Member

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    For some reason I never got into 231 or Clays, but I think I'll get some to try. I do use Titegroup in 9mm with good results.