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I would like to find someplace with reduced loads for rifle cartridges. The 'old timers' used to do this quite a bit making loads for small game shooting out of there 'biggame' rifles. I found Ed Harris' articles, but it really isn't 'enough' info for other calibers.

Where would you suggest I start looking? Do older reloading manuals list reduced loads?
 

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ACCUREATE RELOADING MANUAL/ABSOLUTELY THE BEST

XMP 5744...They show safe reduced loads using this powder on almost everything. Even a 300 Ultramagloaded down to 1540 fps with a 168 gr HardCast. This is the best data for reduced loads.
 

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Where is the best source(s) for reduced loa

The Speer manuals usually provide some reduced loads for cartriges
 

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Robert said:
XMP 5744...They show safe reduced loads using this powder on almost everything. Even a 300 Ultramagloaded down to 1540 fps with a 168 gr HardCast. This is the best data for reduced loads.
I've never heard of this powder. Can you give me an idea what it is and where you find the downloaded info?

Lyman Cast Bullet manual...Should've known that would be a good one to start with! :) Thanks!

How about reduced loads with jacketed bullets? Could one use the Cast Bullet loads safely???

TIA!
 

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Where is the best source(s) for reduced loa

In the Lee reloading manual he gives a method for calculating reduced loads. Don't have it right here, but can bring it along and type it in in a day or two if you need it. Not much of a typist so it'll take a while. :?
 

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Plainsman,

45COLT is correct about the Lee Manual giving a formula as to how to reduce powder charges for safe reduced loads. I have used the information and it worked well for me.

XMP-5744 is a powder sold by Accurate Arms. I have an 8-pound keg of it and wouldn't be without it. It is a "top choice" for cast bullet loads in most every caliber. Go to the Accurate Arms web site and click on the 5744 powder canister and get all the data you can use. Good-luck...BCB
 

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Accurate Powder and Lee manual...

Thanks for the leads guys! I looked at XMP5477 and like the looks of it! :) I also dug out my Lee Manual and looked up the section on figuring reduced loads! MUCH APPRECIATED! :)

I'll have to sit down with the calculator tomorrow and do some figuring to see if I can get something to work out for myself! :)

Thanks for all the help! :)
 

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Ken Waters Pet loads has reduced loads for many cartridges. :wink:
 

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To reiterate...

ALWAYS make sure your bullet has exited the barrel after each shot until you have arrived at a reduced load that consistantly works!!!

Last year, I had to replace the barrel on a revolver that I ruined by messing with light loads. There were SIX bullets stacked up in that barrel by the time I realized something wasn't right. That incident should have cost me my right hand.

PLEASE please please be cautious when working outside of published loading data. It's not worth injury.

Merry Christmas,

The Blade
 

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Don't forget SR4759, an eminently reducible powder; just use at least enough to get the bullet out of the barrel but not more than the maximum listed charges.
 

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I have a book titled "Handloading" that was published by the NRA. Not sure if it's still in print, but it has reduced loads for many cartridges.
Greg
 
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