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Can anyone out there help me with load data for 45Colt with 300 grain WFN with 2400 powder? What is the safe loading Range?
 

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Rich,

You didn't say what gun you are using the load in.  For 'standard' .45 Colt loads, ie Colt SAA and replicas, Alliant lists 12.5 gr. of 2400 with a 300 gr. Hornady XTP for around 700fps in their freebie manual.

In the Hodgdon #26, page 589, for Ruger/TC/Dan Wesson/Anaconda and similar high-strength guns, a starting load is listed for 300 grain bullets (type not specified) of 18 grains of 2400 for ~1,000fps at 25,000CUP, and a max load of 19.5gr. of 2400 for ~1150 fps.  Barrel length given as 7".

You might know this already, but for 30,000CUP loads in the .45 Colt, either H110 or WW296 will probably work out a lot better.  I say this because at the lower velocities that you get with 2400, you might not have a tall enough front sight.  

Hope this helps.  If you can find a copy of Hodgdon #26 it is well worth the price for the .45 Colt shooter.



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Thanks Mike
It was for a Ruger Vaquero. I'm just looking for a safe range to load for. I'm really looking to use up some componets that I have from other projects & want to use them up. This is mostly just for punching paper & seeing what it does.
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Load a few and let us know how it goes.... not too many people use 2400 in this application so it will be real interesting to see the results.
 

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Results 300 WFN with 2400 powder.

Mike G
I shot the 300WFN with 2400 powder the other day it worked out pretty well. I'm not posting the load as it is not a listed load data. The velocity was pretty good & no signs of pressure.
   I can't vouch for the grouping, but I put the blame on me for that. I have not yet got used to shooting the Ruger Vaquero. I don't seem to shoot any load well with that gun yet.Just wanted to let you know that the trip to the range went realatively well.
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Rich,

When you get the load sorted out, let everyone know what it is.  Velocity data for 2400 with 300 gr. bullets is kinda scarce.  Might help some other shooters who would like to use 2400.
 

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I didn't save the velocity on my chronograph. I rememeber it was better than I expected. I was loading 15.5,16.0,16.5 of 2400 with 300 gr WFN bullet. I shot them in both my Contender barrel & Ruger Vaquero. 16.5 gr shot very nice in the Contender barrel which I tend to shoot better. That's what leads me to believe that it was my shooting with the Vaquero, not the load
      I will oad up some more & chronograph them again so I can give you a final report.
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OK for those interested out there this is what I've come up with for 2400 With 300 Grain WFN & Fed 150 primers out of my Ruger Vaquero 4 5/8 Barrel.

16.0 grains 2400 ave fps 944
16.5 grains 24oo ave fps 957 Grouped better

Recoil wasn't bad. Primers showed starting to flatten  with 16.5. Cases did not show any sign of sticking in cylinder. Could probably go to 17.0 with out problems, I would go up slowly from 16.5 maybe 2/10 of a grain at a time. The temp 32 F

I also tried 300gr WFN with AA XMP 5744 with 18.0 grains with CCI 350 primer gave good groups with 970's Fps ave. Cases did not stick. Very pleasant to shoot. May try increasing the load & see what I get.
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To anyone who might be interested in 2400 with the 300 grain WFN in a Ruger

I ran 17.0- 2400 for 1007FPS ave Fed 150 primers looked Good. No sticking in cylinder

I also ran 17.5 -2400 for 1069FPS ave Fed 150 primers  looked good. No sticking in cylinder.

I would like to go further but I'm out of 2400 & 300 WFN are running low.
I will have to get more supplies to test it further,but I was having a good time with the 17.5 grain load, groups didn't look to bad either.I am becoming more comfortable with the Vaquero
 
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