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50 BMG Powder question

lksmith03lksmith03 Member Posts: 1,742 ✭✭✭✭✭
I am getting components to load my 50 BMG. I have only found 3 powders with load data, they are:

H50BMG
US869
N170

But according to my burn rate chart Retumbo (#110) and H1000 (#109)
fall between N170 (#108) and H50BMG (#115) These seem to be viable alternatives not to mention much more common than H50BMG, US869, and N170.
Has Anybody heard of using powders other than the 3 I mentioned above, and How/Where would I be able to find load data?
Would the powder MFG be able to help?

Comments

  • dcs shootersdcs shooters Member Posts: 10,969
    edited November -1
    Found 186.5grs.of H-870=2300fps with a 750gr. bullet.
    218.6grs. of Viht.20N29=2500fps. with 750gr. bullet.
  • grady mitchellgrady mitchell Member Posts: 139 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    wc860 imr5010 are the 2 the us gov use to load them but they are many others that were made also to load it with many types of projectiles to be shot wc870 wc872 can also be used for many other heavy projs joint the fcsa then you can get al kinds of help with load or start load data
  • idahoduckeridahoducker Member Posts: 738 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    WC860 is available at patsreloading.com and they are happy to answer any questions you may have if you give them a call.
  • lksmith03lksmith03 Member Posts: 1,742 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by dcs shooters
    Found 186.5grs.of H-870=2300fps with a 750gr. bullet.
    218.6grs. of Viht.20N29=2500fps. with 750gr. bullet.

    Are those starting or max loads?
    I have seen many say that h-870 and wc860 use the same load data, know anything about that?
  • dcs shootersdcs shooters Member Posts: 10,969
    edited November -1
    Go to www.reloadammo.com/50bmg.htm for more load data.
  • JTTJTT Member Posts: 5 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    From www.ammoguide.com, they have 74 loads listed.
    Of those they list over 20 each with 20N29 and 24N41 from Vihtavouri. H-50BMG shows 8 loads. These seem to be the most popular powders used by submitting loaders to this website.
    Bullet weights range from 600 to 850 grains. With this site, I've noticed that often loads are listed as "maximum" in red and they advise starting lower and working up. I like the site as I can put in various filters such as bullet weight, powder type, etc.
    I'm using it right now to get an idea on loading for the 454 Casull, a new addition to the family.
    Hope this helps!
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