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a little info on Alliant Extra Lite

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by R.Kipling, Mar 22, 2011.

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  1. R.Kipling

    R.Kipling Well-Known Member

    Jul 29, 2007
    I don't know if this has been passed on or not. I do know that there are a number of lite load shooters on this board, always looking for reloading news.

    Personally, I've been very interested in the new Alliant Extra Lite powder, but concerned about volume in the hull. I found this on another web site and thought that I would pass it on:

    Alliant Reloading

    Post subject: Re: MEC Bushings Chart for Extra Lite PowderPosted: Wed Feb 16, 2011 9:27 pm

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    I don't know when Extra-lite will be included on official bushing charts, but I can tell you I designed it to be lighter than Red Dot(R) (as well as Clay Dot(R) and Clays, which are all the same nominal density).
    In our automated charging device, the bushing on that machine throws 18.5gr of Red Dot. Extra-lite throws 17.7gr on that unit, so 0.6 - 0.8gr should be about the range of difference, depending on your bushing. All the normal caviats apply, different machines, different techniques, different lots of powder, ect, ect...
    I hope this helps, and thank you for buying our American made shotshell powder.
    Shoot well,

    Please be aware that I am an employee of ATK Commercial Products, and the views expressed in my posts are mine alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views of ATK.

    Read more: http://www.shotgunworld.com/bbs/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=249115#ixzz1HLM9oMoJ

    Just FYI,
  2. Kevin Fleming

    Kevin Fleming Active Member

    Jul 19, 2007
    I asked Alliant, about a year ago, about VMD's for Extra-Lite. Based upon the mass information I was given, the VMD for Extra-Lite was running approximately .1393. That puts it somewhere between Red Dot and Am Select. After using it, it was evident that it is significantly LESS dense than Red Dot, and probably has a VMD closer to .15 (think Rex 0). Maybe the current formulary data was unissued at the time, or maybe I calculated wrong.

    That is a great property (fluffyness) in my opinion because it helps fill the hull and larger volume charges seems to meter more accurately.

    Do not be wary of this powder based upon charge weights and perceived charge volumes. EL will do everything Rex 0 will, burn cleaner than E3, and is made in the USA.

    respectfully K
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