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#5735496 - 05/08/15 08:37 PM Mixed powder advise please
RonGleaves Offline
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I just made a bone head move, feel so dumb......

Working up some .223 loads to try tomorrow morning. First 5rds were w/Benchmark, second batch of 5rds w/WC844.

Loaded the benchmark 5rds first then loaded the 5rds with WC844. Finishing up and stupid me dumped about a 1/3 of a Lee perfect powder measure with WC844 into the Benchmark bottle!!! Benchmark bottle is 1/2 full. Did I just waste all that Benchmark powder!?

I did see they have about the same burn rate, #81 and #82 on the burn chart. (WC844 is very near H335)


Edited by RonGleaves (05/08/15 09:25 PM)
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#5735597 - 05/08/15 09:41 PM Re: Mixed powder advise please [Re: RonGleaves]
Undercoverdog Offline
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I don't have any advise about using it but at least it wasn't a full 8 lbs.

Maybe just have to call that lesson learned.
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#5735708 - 05/08/15 11:57 PM Re: Mixed powder advise please [Re: RonGleaves]
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Toss it. Makes great fertilizer for the garden.
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#5735774 - 05/09/15 06:44 AM Re: Mixed powder advise please [Re: RonGleaves]
RonGleaves Offline
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I guess I'll have some explosive looking tomatoes this year food
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#5735813 - 05/09/15 07:50 AM Re: Mixed powder advise please [Re: RonGleaves]
Cast Offline
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Do they measure the same? Same pellet size and all? Being that they burn the same, I think it may be salvageable. These days it's worth a try at least.
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#5735819 - 05/09/15 07:57 AM Re: Mixed powder advise please [Re: RonGleaves]
RonGleaves Offline
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The WC844 is smaller. I shook the bottle well and poured some out. I noticed that the WC844 settled at the bottom of the bottle. The WC844 is smaller and finer.

I measured out 23.1gr and noticed 10 or so "pieces" of WC844 mixed in it. Not much at all
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#5735836 - 05/09/15 08:08 AM Re: Mixed powder advise please [Re: RonGleaves]
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Just my opinion, get rid of it. Half a $30 bottle of powder is not worth risking damage to firearms, eyeballs, life and limb. Again, just my opinion.
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#5735845 - 05/09/15 08:23 AM Re: Mixed powder advise please [Re: bar-d]
RonGleaves Offline
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Originally Posted By: bar-d
Just my opinion, get rid of it. Half a $30 bottle of powder is not worth risking damage to firearms, eyeballs, life and limb. Again, just my opinion.


up

That's what I'm gonna do, not worth $15.
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#5736018 - 05/09/15 11:06 AM Re: Mixed powder advise please [Re: RonGleaves]
Cast Offline
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At least blow something up with it. Make a few toys to throw in the campfire. Small ballon full would be cool to have around for flash. You could be a medicine man.
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#5736027 - 05/09/15 11:15 AM Re: Mixed powder advise please [Re: RonGleaves]
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The "correct" answer is to not use it. But.... Honestly, if you mix it up well, you can still use it. The powder differences and burn rate are not a large enough swing to cause a problem. Use the data for the faster burning powder (Benchmark), and use that data. I would not use this mixture as my precision ammo, but it will still work and shoot.

I made the mistake a while back of dumping some H4831 in a H1000 1# bottle. Not a lot of 4831, but a little into A 3/4 full H1000. I will not hesitate to use this on some basic 270 Win loads with a 150 grain bullet for my personal ammo. I'll load up some test rounds starting low, and see how it does.

I know several shooters who "mix" certain powders for their ammo with a lot more difference in burn rate and it does fine.
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#5736041 - 05/09/15 11:34 AM Re: Mixed powder advise please [Re: RonGleaves]
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#5736070 - 05/09/15 11:58 AM Re: Mixed powder advise please [Re: Cast]
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Originally Posted By: Cast
My way will make him feared and respected among his tribe.


So will the eyepatch and hook for a hand. wink

Kidding aside its salvageable as Chad suggested

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#5736075 - 05/09/15 12:02 PM Re: Mixed powder advise please [Re: RonGleaves]
Cast Offline
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I suggested same early on but wanted Chad to comment. I would sure use it for my hunting loads. I think I will be the medicine man at camp. Can u say flash powder?
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#5736128 - 05/09/15 12:48 PM Re: Mixed powder advise please [Re: Cast]
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Originally Posted By: Cast
My way will make him feared and respected among his tribe.


I have this image of Johnny Depp playing Tonto with the mangled crow on his head.
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#5736282 - 05/09/15 03:50 PM Re: Mixed powder advise please [Re: RonGleaves]
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I'd shoot it.
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