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Greetings,
I'm new to the K Hornet and would appreciate some advice on load data. I've been looking for printed lad data and it's coming up pretty scarce.
I would like some recipes for Lil. Gun powder with 35, 45 and 55 grain bullets. If anyone has some W.231 info that would be appreciated as well. I'm shooting a 15" T/C Encore.
I loaded up some fireformed brass for with 13 grns of Lil G w/ 35 gr. bullets(1.75col), 12.5 grns of Lil Gun w/ 45 grn(1.75col). bullets and 11.5 grns of Lil G. w/ 55 grn bullets(1.80col) and experienced some pretty sever pressure signs, punctured primers and cratering. My crono speeds were in the max range + or - 3000fps but my loads were only in the mid range (or at least I thought). I tried both Rem 6.5 small rifle primers and Win. SPM's. The Rem 6.5's seemed to puncture where the WSPM's did not
Thanks for the help.

stephen b
 

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Your results with 'Lil Gun in fireform loads are interesting.
I have experianced similar problems when fireforming K-Hornets using Winchester 296. I got signs of high pressure, sticky extraction and unusualy high velocity readings with new Winchester brass, Winchester primers and bulk Winchester 45 grain JSP bullets. I was able to repeat these signs by loading the same load and firing them on a different day. I stopped using ball powder for fireform loads. Others I have spoken to have not noticed a similar result with ball powder fire-form loads in the K-Hornet. I now use IMR 4227 for fire-forming K-Hornets.
I have used 'Lil Gun for K-Hornet loads in previously formed brass with excellent results. I have a 24" Fox Ridge K-Hornet barrel.
I believe the Hodgdon web site has 'Lil Gun K-Hornet loading information.
 

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Slim,
I did not have a problem fire forming my brass even with a heavier load (12.6 grn. / 45 grn) of the same powder (Lil G). My problem of high pressures came when I shot my formed brass. I had a highter pressure with a lighter load of the same powder, same bullet, once the case had been formed. I thought the cases would have a greater volume once formed and thus a greater capacity with the same or less pressure. Are my assumptions correct? The only explination might be that I could have put a slight crimp on the K loads and not the Hornet loads. A crimp would increase the pressure, would it not? Also, only the Rem. 6.5 primers were pierced.
Thanks for the help.

Stephen b
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