h-380

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by bulldurham, Feb 11, 2009.

  1. bulldurham

    bulldurham Well-Known Member

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    does anyone use this and how does it shoot heard it was a dirty powder.
     
  2. britz

    britz Well-Known Member

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    I beleive the powder's "dirtyness" has to do with how efficient it is in a particular case. I keep a little on hand and have used it in a 30-06 300wsm and 22-250. I had the best results in the 22-250 but it isn't my favorite powder in my rifles. Some people have excellent luck with it. It was primarily used in the 22-250 and was vary popular.
     

  3. Whopper Stopper

    Whopper Stopper Active Member

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    I have literally burned pounds of H-380. In certain applications it is my go to powder. I have a 220 swift that thrives on it. I also have a 25-06 that begs to be fed a steady diet. I probably have ten pounds in storage now if I looked. The previous post was spot on in that if the charge isn't fully burnt it will appear dirty. In my loads other than the distinct smell of H-380 in the air, it is totally consumed before it hits the end of the barrel.

    WS
     
  4. johnnyk

    johnnyk Well-Known Member

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    bull,
    I have read that it was developed by Bruce Hodgdon for the .22-250Rem. He used 38.0 (380) gns behind, either a 50 or 55 gn bullet. Not sure of the bullet weight, but that was the powder charge.
    I tried it in the couple of .22-250's that I have owned and it never outperformed IMR and H4895. I also tried it in a friends .300WSM (Nosler) in an attempt to find the best grouping load. I have some on hand but don't reach for it very often. JohnnyK.
     
  5. bulldurham

    bulldurham Well-Known Member

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    thanks guys hard to find anything else i use varget. in 6mm and 243