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# Powder Charge Question

#1
10-11-2012, 05:23 PM
 Junior Member Join Date: Oct 2012 Posts: 3
Powder Charge Question

ok so I just go into reloading, and I bought a lee classic reloader, the one that is completely manual.....not a press..........but anyway it came with a powder dipper that is measured at 2.2 cubic centimeters........the charge table it came with did not tell me what the velocity would be on a 55 grain .22-250 bullet with hodgdon varget.....which is the powder i want to use, so i went on to hodgdon's website and saw the maximum and starting charges and the corresponding velocities.......however, they did not give me a charge for the velocity i want which is around 3550 fps....... this is below max fyi how can i figure out the amount of powder i need to charge to the case if i am to attain this velocity?
#2
10-11-2012, 05:31 PM
 Platinum Member Join Date: Aug 2003 Location: NC, oceanfront Posts: 4,227
Re: Powder Charge Question

#3
10-11-2012, 09:04 PM
 Platinum Member Join Date: May 2012 Posts: 4,267
Re: Powder Charge Question

Quote:
 Originally Posted by bole141 ok so I just go into reloading, and I bought a lee classic reloader, the one that is completely manual.....not a press..........but anyway it came with a powder dipper that is measured at 2.2 cubic centimeters........the charge table it came with did not tell me what the velocity would be on a 55 grain .22-250 bullet with hodgdon varget.....which is the powder i want to use, so i went on to hodgdon's website and saw the maximum and starting charges and the corresponding velocities.......however, they did not give me a charge for the velocity i want which is around 3550 fps....... this is below max fyi how can i figure out the amount of powder i need to charge to the case if i am to attain this velocity?
If you want to use a dipper and forego a scale, you need to be a ways down to make sure you are safe. That's why you get a 2.2 cc measure. It should toss about 30.1 grains varget pulled through and leveled off, but could easily toss a grain or two more if somehow compressed or the powder is off a bit density wise. If your measure was at max. you could run into trouble quick if you weren't perfect. The top load for varget with a 55 in a 22-250 is 36.5 grain. I'd get a scale and start to invest in other tools starting with a trimmer, press, etc.. There is a lot of data for common calibers on the net, just make sure it isn't redneck data.
Have fun and stay safe.
lefty
#4
10-12-2012, 06:42 AM
 Gold Member Join Date: Dec 2010 Location: SD Posts: 557
Re: Powder Charge Question

Lee Improved Powder Measure Kit

If you are getting into reloading cartridges at close to maximum pressure you really should buy a scale! Or better yet buy a whole kit they are not that expensive.

#5
10-12-2012, 01:04 PM
 Gold Member Join Date: Mar 2012 Location: New germany, NS Posts: 506
Re: Powder Charge Question

those tools are fun and a great way to get your feet wet. BUT, only use the dipper that came with it and follow the instruction religously!
My advice if you want to get a set up at a good price go to www.titanreloading.com and get the lee breachblock chalanger kit \$105.00 it has all you need exetp the dies the delux 3 die sets are around \$33.00
I have a challanger kit that I got 15 years ago still useing it and still happy with it. A good bang for your buck pardon the pun

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