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