My dad gave me a pound of Alliant 2400 that he had so I started looking around at what loads I could use it for and from what informatio
Edited by Hacker54, 3 years ago
Alliant 2400 is a great powder for magnum pistol loads especially cast,however it's also a great powder in cast bullet rifle loads. I use 2400 in 7.62 x 39 (15.0 grs. MAX in the X39 cartridge revised down form 16.0 grs.) and 54r cast loads as well as my 300 Sav. cast load,I haven't tried it with my 30-30 170 gr. gas checked Lee cast bullet loads as of yet. I like Red Dot for my no gas check light plinking loads @1250+ fps. and H335 for my full house gas checked hunting loads @2000+ fps. using the Lee cast bullet. I might get around to working up a load using the 2400 at some point.
Here is a article for C. E. Harris or Ed Harris as some know him on the Universal Load.
Sixteen Grains of #2400 is the Universal Load
The same 16 grain charge of #2400 is universal for all calibers as a starting load. It is mild and accurate in any larger military case from a 30-40 Krag or .303 British up through a 30-06 or 7.9x57, with standard weight bullets of suitable diameter for the caliber. This is my recommendation for anybody trying cast bullets loads for the first time in a military rifle without prior load development. I say this because #2400 is not "position sensitive", requires no fiber fillers to ensure uniform ignition, and actually groups better when you stripper-clip load the rifle and bang them off, rather than tipping the muzzle up to position the powder charge.
Similar ballistics can be obtained with other powders in any case from 7.62x39 to 30-06 size. If you don't have Hercules #2400, you can freely substitute 17 grains of IMR or H4227, 18 grains of 4198, 21 grains of Reloder 7, 24 grains of IMR 3031, or 25.5 grains of 4895 for comparable results.
However, these other powders may give some vertical stringing in cases larger than the 7.62x39 unless the charge is positioned against the primer by tipping the muzzle up before firing. Hercules #2400 does not require this precaution.
If you want load data for using cast bullets in rifles with fast burning pistol and shotgun powder your going to have to get you a copy of the Lyman Cast Bullet Manuals,most all powder company web sites and reloading manuals will not give you any load data for cast bullet rifle loads,be prepared to have your eyes opened up to a whole new world of possibilities.
Edited by res45, 3 years ago