Hodgdon 4831 and 4831sc??

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Tikkamike, Apr 16, 2010.

  1. Tikkamike

    Tikkamike Well-Known Member

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    I was reloading some 300 win mag shells and as I emptied one can and opened the next and poured it in my powder measurer I realized I had just mixed 4831sc and 4831. I went to the hodgdon website and they say they are ballistically identical but the sc version flows easier through drop tubes and funnels and makes a more dence powder charge. I dont think I will have any problems because I am using the same weight of grains with both. I measure every charge with a beam scale. anyone have info on this? I never even realized the 2 coexisted
     
  2. Moman

    Moman Well-Known Member

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    Mike, my biggest concern would be consistency or lack of from shot to shot. Just as if you loaded several rounds with two different lots of powder, there will be variation. Especially at the ranges you most likely shoot.
     
  3. Tikkamike

    Tikkamike Well-Known Member

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    I agree however luckily I am just loading lapping bullets so accuracy is a non issue
     
  4. Loner

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    The SC is for short cut I believe. If the load data for the two is identical then they are
    the same burn rate. No worries.
     
  5. Gunpoor

    Gunpoor Well-Known Member

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    I have always used the SC version, but have heard from other reloaders that both versions are identicle other than the size of the sticks. Go for it!
     
  6. johnnyk

    johnnyk Well-Known Member

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    Tikkamike,
    I really don't think you will have any troubles. I once had an old can of H4350 (pre-Extreme) half full and a half can of H4350 Extreme that I mixed together and never missed a beat. I started low and ran all the way up to max load in my .300WinMag. I got great accuracy and velocity.
    I met a guy in Virginia who mixed smokeless powder and black powder in his muzzleloader and got great accuracy and velocity. I can't remember the exact ratio, but he has used this for years hunting! JohnnyK.
     
  7. Varmint Hunter

    Varmint Hunter Well-Known Member

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    I hope the guy was just pulling your leg because that's got to be one of the most dangerous things I've heard in a long time.
     
  8. johnnyk

    johnnyk Well-Known Member

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    I agree but this guy was totally serious. I asked him several times and told him how dangerous this was but he scoffed at it and assured me it works. I have never been that brave or stupid! JohnnyK.