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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-21-2010, 10:56 PM Thread Starter
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Green Dot for Rifle reloading?

I have been reloading for a while, and usually used HMR 4064 for my .30-06 and .308 reloading. This has become very hard to find here, and expensive. I recently was given 15 lbs of Green Dot powder. I know this is primarily used for shotguns or handgun reloading, but can it be used in rifles? I tried looking it up in my "recipe" books, but they are a tad outdated and don't show any info for Green Dot. I tried few sites, but still cannot find any info. Does anyone have any experience w/ this powder in rifle calibers?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-22-2010, 09:10 AM
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Re: Green Dot for Rifle reloading?

It's to fast a powder for standard rifle calibers.

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Re: Green Dot for Rifle reloading?

Trust me when I say I understand wanting to use what you got. I would search too if I had that much powder on hand. I always first try powders that will work in a couple of my guns. Normally doesn't work out well.

Truth is it's not the right powder to use.

The are some caes where you will find some obscure load to use some funky powder for target use......This isn't one of them.

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-23-2010, 02:42 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Green Dot for Rifle reloading?

Great, thank you for the information. I appreciate the knowledge and experience you folks have. I will just use it for the handguns and shotgun reloading. Thanks again.
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Re: Green Dot for Rifle reloading?

4064 works good in my '06 and 308!!
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Re: Green Dot for Rifle reloading?

My 06' loves either IMR 4064 or 4350.

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Re: Green Dot for Rifle reloading?

If you research the Handload.com forum site, you might find some information. I think you might find some data in a Lyman Cast Bullet Handbook reloading manual too.

Green Dot is fast burning but might work for some really light reduced loads. I use Blue Dot, Unique and 2400 in certain straight-wall rifle cases as powders for reduced loads and they work well. Green Dot is faster burning than all of these. I've used it as a powder for reduced lead loads in the .44 Mag. case but haven't in a rifle case yet.

The Speer manuals I have only list IMR4227 and SR4759 powders for these cartridges with reduced loads.

Green Dot is a good shotshell powder though. 15 lbs. is a nice present to happen upon.
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Re: Green Dot for Rifle reloading?

Find a trap shooter with an abundance of IMR4064 and maybe you can trade a few pounds of Green Dot for some.

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