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Unread 01-05-2013, 09:57 PM
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hornady vs nosler

Ok I have what maybe a stupid question. I am new to reloading and I want to know if I can reload hornady bullets using the nosler book. I have both books but the powder grains are very different with the same powder and bullet weight. I just dont want to hurt me or the gun. Thanks
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Unread 01-05-2013, 10:16 PM
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Re: hornady vs nosler

You should use information provided for bullet you are using ie, Hornady for Hornady, Nosler for Nosler. Bearing surfaces and metallurgy being different are some of the reasons for the difference.
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Unread 01-05-2013, 10:55 PM
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Re: hornady vs nosler

Thanks for the info. If you dont mind can I ask one more. What is the difference between imr4350 and h4350 other than imr and h?
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Unread 01-05-2013, 11:24 PM
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Re: hornady vs nosler


IMR and H4895 are very similar, as are IMR and H4350. In both of these examples, you can usually interchange the data at the starting loads. The top loads will likely be different by some degree, and that's why we work our loads up slowly, watching for pressure signs as we go. If you've got data using precisely the same components you are, that's always the prefered way to go, but that's not always an option, I know.

The one exception to be aware of here in the IMR and H versions, are the two 4831s. IMR4831 is significantly faster than H4831, and these tow require totally different data. Not interchangeable, despite the the similar nomenclature.

Hope that helps!
Kevin Thomas
Lapua USA
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Unread 01-06-2013, 10:06 AM
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Re: hornady vs nosler

I would not interchange any powders or bullets.

The Hodgdon H4831 is an extreme powder that has an additive that makes the powder much less sensitive to temperature changes.

I use the extreme powders with Hornady bullets because they shoot just as well for about half the cost.

You can have a safe load in hot or cold weather and it nearly fills the cartridge.

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IMR 4831 is #121 on the burn rate chart I have, H4831 is #125.

Burn rate and Mass are not the same critters.
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