Posts Tagged ‘Alliant 2400’

Preparing for Shotshell Reloading: Components

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Just like everyone else right now, I’m having to exercise much patience when shopping for reloading components. Shotshell components are typically much easier to find than some other more popular reloading components (small rifle and pistol primers, 9mm and 22cal projectiles, etc) – but it’s been a challenge to get all geared up for shotshell none the less! The moment has finally come when I have all of the equipment and components that I’ll need to load shotshell (and share the experience with you all).

Equipment and components needed to load shotshell - Image copyright 2013 Ultimate Reloader

Equipment and components needed to load shotshell – Image copyright 2013 Ultimate Reloader

Over the past months, I’ve been working on understanding the shotshell reloading process, obtaining equipment, deciding on load specifics/data, preparing the gear, and obtaining all of the components needed to load shotshell. I’m finally at the point where I’m ready to load primers, dump in powder, fill up the shot column, and start loading. Finally! The following is a quick overview of the components that I’ve collected to start loading.

A selection of powders that can be used for shotshell loading  - Image copyright 2013 Ultimate Reloader

A selection of powders that can be used for shotshell loading – Image copyright 2013 Ultimate Reloader

I decided to make a bet on Alliant Red Dot since it seems to be one of the most popular powders for loading 12 gauge. So I got an 8lb cannister. I also had some other powders on hand that I’ve seen load data for including Alliant Blue Dot, Alliant Unique, and Alliant 2400 which I use for a lot of magnum handgun loads.

Buckshot and lead shot - enough to get me started - Image copyright 2013 Ultimate Reloader

Buckshot and lead shot – enough to get me started – Image copyright 2013 Ultimate Reloader

Based on the most popular loads, I decided to get 25lb of #8 and #9 shot – I should be able to experiment with quite a few different 20 gauge and 12 gauge loads with this collection of shot. I also got ahold of some buckshot to keep things interesting.

Hulls - both new/primed (bags) and range pickup (tub)  - Image copyright 2013 Ultimate Reloader

Hulls – both new/primed (bags) and range pickup (tub) – Image copyright 2013 Ultimate Reloader

You have to have hulls to load shotshell – and I decided to get some new primed hulls, and to also collect some range pickup hulls so that I can show the internal components when loading (Cheddite translucent hulls) and also show the difference between reloading previously-fired hulls, and loading brand new hulls.

Primers - usually easy to find, not in this case -  - Image copyright 2013 Ultimate Reloader

Primers – usually easy to find, not in this case – – Image copyright 2013 Ultimate Reloader

Primers are normally REALLY easy to find for shotshell, but It took 3 online order attempts to get these primers. They are European size (metric) – so that should make for some interesting experiments comparing the European hulls with American hulls.

Wads (left) and boxes (right) - both will be needed to load shotshell  - Image copyright 2013 Ultimate Reloader

Wads (left) and boxes (right) – both will be needed to load shotshell – Image copyright 2013 Ultimate Reloader

For hulls, I was a bit overwhelmed by the number of styles, choices, and brands, so I used Alliant load data to figure out exactly what the most popular component combinations would be for the most common shotshell loads for both 12 gauge and 20 gauge. I just hope that when I start loading that the shot column height is correct, and that the loads will work correctly. I’ll just have to try and see!

Next up: Preparing the Hornady 366 for loading duty! Stay tuned.

Thanks,
Gavin

 

 

 

Alliant 2400 and 357 Magnum – Liking it!

Saturday, September 11th, 2010

For quite a while now, I’ve been waiting to try Alliant 2400 in my magnum revolvers (for 357 Magnum, and for 44 Magnum). Well, a while back I put in an order for a 4lb canister of this powder. I had the Dillon XL-650 setup for 357 Magnum, so I thought I’d give this powder a try.

This load consisted of 14.4 grains of Alliant 2400, Remington 5 1/2 small pistol magnum primers, and Speer 158 grain JHP bullets. At the range, I immediately liked the feel of the recoil- seemed even and more smooth somehow than the H-100 that I normally use.

I fired these magnum loads from my Ruger GP-100 357 Magnum 6″ stainless revolver. All shots fired without incident even with my lightened trigger springs (some harder primers don’t fire reliably in this revolver.

My Ruger GP-100 357 Magnum - Image Copyright 2010 Ultimate Reloader

My Ruger GP-100 357 Magnum - Image Copyright 2010 Ultimate Reloader

One of the first groups of 6 shots from 30′ (freehand) grouped within 5/8″ – a demonstration of the manageable recoil!

6 shot group fired off-hand from 30' range - Image Copyright 2010 Ultimate Reloader

6 shot group fired off-hand from 30' range - Image Copyright 2010 Ultimate Reloader

Overall, I’m impressed with Alliant 2400 so far. A lot of people love this powder, and I’m looking forward to loading some 44 magnum loads with it. One benefit of this powder is that it’s not as sensitive as H-110 when it comes to reduced loads. I guess we’ll have to see!

Thanks,
Gavin