There are some powders that are so versatile you’ll always want to have a supply on hand. If you shoot any magnum pistol, Alliant 2400 is one of those powders! I’ve been using Alliant 2400 for a decade now, and have gotten some great results using it for both 357 Magnum, and for 44 Magnum.
This combination yielded some great results. Below is a 6-shot group fired off-hand from 30′ range using the Ruger GP-100.
One of the key features with Alliant 2400 is its ability to be loaded at reduced power. Not as sensitive as some other magnum powders (such as H-110), Alliant 2400 performs great a full powder, and at reduced power. Now, I’ve found another application for this powder: the 500 S&W Magnum!
Alliant 2400 for the 500 S&W Magnum
Alliant 2400 has a new look (see above) with the same great powder inside.
If you have any experience with 500 S&W Magnum you know how intense it can be. If you really want to enjoy big-bore magnum revolvers, down-loading to reduced power is a great capability. With lighter bullets and reduced powder charge, you can transform a 44 Magnum or 500 S&W Magnum from a “bucking bronco” to a “tame pony” (or close to it at least!).
Load data from video:
- Case: Starline 500 S&W Magnum (new)
- Powder: Alliant 2400, 29.4 grains (70% max load), 33.6 grains (80% max load), 40 grains (95% max load)
- Bullet: Hornady XTP Mag 350 grain
- Primer: Federal 210 Small Rifle
Use load data at your own risk. Ultimate Reloader is not responsible for errors in load data on this website. Always cross-reference load data with manufacturer’s published data.
Just be careful when you load reduced loads with any magnum powder as you can lose efficiency (quickly) once you get below the optimum charge weight range. In this case (see load data above) I decided that 70% was the cutoff point, but for future loads I would load in the 80-90% range for 500 S&W Magnum with Alliant 2400. The reason being, below 80% you’ll start to get unburned granules of powder and a dirty burn. I actually went WAY too low in charge weight, and ended up sticking my first bullet in the bore. Whoops! Fortunately it was an easy extraction with a brass punch and some careful tapping. Lesson learned, and now I know what range my 500 S&W Magnum will shoot cleanly with Alliant 2400!
So, if you are looking for a versatile powder for magnum pistol loads, check out Alliant 2400! You can buy Alliant 2400 at Midsouth Shooters Supply HERE. Do you load with Alliant 2400? I’d love to hear your experiences, please leave a comment!