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Hi-Skor powder

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by RAScott, Apr 28, 2013.

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  1. RAScott

    RAScott Member

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    I recently purchaced a keg style can of Hi-skor powder it is marked 10 lbs does anyone have any reloading recipes for this in a light 8 format?
    Bob S
     
  2. sterlingworth

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    If you go to the Hodgdons powder web site,look up 700X powder. There one and the same.Hi score is the old name for 700X
     
  3. flashmax

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    Careful. Careful. Careful. Hi - Skor is the prefix on 2 powders from IMR. 700X and 800X.

    Hi - Skor 700X is:

    " This extruded flake powder is ideally suited for shotshells in 12 and 16 gauge where clay target and light field loads are the norm. It doubles as an excellent pistol target powder for such cartridges as the 38 Special and 45 ACP and many more. "

    and Hi Skor - 800X is :

    " This large-grained flake powder is at its best when used in heavy field loads from 10 gauge to 28 gauge. In handgun cartridges 800-X performs superbly in cartridges like the 10mm auto and 44 Remington Magnum. Excellent velocity and uniformity translate into top accuracy. "

    700 X is faster burning and meters well, 800 X is slower burning and doesn't meter very well so you have to really watch your charge weights. If you shoot Annie Oakleys, Knockouts, or other 40 yard shotgun games 800 X is a good powder for those games. But I found that in my MEC loaders I could load 2000 rounds of 700 X with no problems and with 800 X on the same loaders I would get a 'light' load evern so often and a slightly 'heavy' load in the next round. So to load 100 or so for "after - league games" or Turkey shoots with the big dogs at the back fence they worked well IF I paid close attention to every powder drop ( visual inspection prior to setting a wad and dropping shot ).

    Maybe something has changed since I bought a 12 lber in '85 but I haven't used it all up yet ( 800 X ) for the above reasons.

    Don Thompson, Littleton CO.
     
  4. wayneo

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    Big difference in powder drops between Hi-Skor with felt and paper wads, and the newer HiSkor 700X to be used with plastic wads. I would call Hodgdon.


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    Wayne
     
  5. Ljutic111

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    I`ve been using 700X for more than 25 years and I finally settled on 1 oz load using 15.3 - 15.6 gr of 700X thru a 366 reloader with a 406 or 408 bushing . Never had a bad shell with Remington hulls .
     
  6. Ross

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    As per wayneo be SURE you know the difference between old Hi-Skor & new Hi-Skor 700x. Old Hi-Skor looks more like PB,---700x has yellow identifier flakes & is more like Red Dot. 800x is a completely different powder again. Ross Puls
     
  7. RLC323

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    Yes, the 1990's metal cans were 12 pounds. Clearly marked 700x then.
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  8. Ljutic111

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    Yes they were 12# not 10# . I still have one of the 12# cans in the original cardboard shipping so when I open that up sometime next year , I will have to weigh the charge and see what I get .
     
  9. BL350

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    Dear RAScott,
    GET ALL THE NUMBERS OFF THE KEG BEFORE YOU LOAD THIS POWDER!! Their has to be more than HISKOR! DATE Codes will be present if the label is legible. I am thinking circa 1960????......Respectfully submitted....X-Jet Boat Bill
     
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    To everyone that has commented on this powder. I also saw the keg of powder it is not Hi-Skor 700X it is just plain Hi-Skor shotshell powder.

    Hi-Skor 700X was first introducer in 1965. Hi-Skor was on the market before that. I believe that Reloading Manuals of that era will be needed to find loads for this powder.

    BTW Hi-Skor was not a Hodgdon powder, they did not make this powder neither did IMR it was made by Dupont and it was a 10 pound keg.

    Bob Lawless
     
  11. Dr.Longshot

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    26 grs 800-X w 1 3/16ths oz # 6s or #7s is a very nice load in AA or STS or Nitr-27 Hulls, I personally load it in the RIO hull w/Windjammer wad I do this so when shooting buddy's I know it is my backup load. And the RIO Primer gets it lit.

    I am a firm believer in RIO primes never had a miss fire yet 40,000+ shot.

    I do not like the 700-X powder, I use PROMO much cheaper. and Prom looks like 700-X but Promo is slightly less pressures than RED DOT but Alliant says to load it the same weight as Red Dot.

    I load a lot of Promo in the Top Gun Hulls as I have over 10,000 empties
    and over 10,000 Rio Empties, And over 20,000 AA Super Hdp shells, I load them for ATA registered Hdcp Targets using the Orange WT-12 wad w/17grs 1 1/8th oz
    @1200fps And for 1250fps use 24.5 grs 800-X, Windjammer @7600psi a soft shooting load.

    Gary Bryant
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  12. RAScott

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    Ok I looked on-line. I couldn't find anything from Dupont. most said the parent to 700X, so I began my loading tests using the 700X data. I loaded a few shells with a mec loader and a 29 bushing getting around 15.0 grains sounded like a pop gun broke targets but a delay, using downrange fig 8 and 1 1/8 oz of 8.5 shot super clean burning NOTHING left in the barrel. I went up a couple of bushings to 16.8 grains shot 25 tonight at practice before league smoldered the targets. I will load some more of these. I cant believe how clean burning this is, the shells were crisp and soft shooting.
    Loading from the keg is difficult. I will transfer it to a used claydot container when I use it to load. this powder is 40 years old and works great. and it came with a cool keg that the top is unique you press the center of the DuPont logo and the lids sides expand and you lift it off.

    I kind of bought it for the keg but the powder is a pleasant surprise.

    Bob S
     
  13. Old Doc

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    HiSkor and HiSkor 700X are not the same powder PERIOD. I thought the old HiSkor was very poor and inconsistent and when I shot 700x it seemed that you had to shoot behind the target to break it after using the older powder it was so much slower. D Winter
     
  14. BL350

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    Dear Bob S,
    I did some research also on the "Hi-Skor" powder. My memory guess was 1960 era. Info says that the label will be black & white with Dupont in Red letters. NO UPC code on the label. You may find a black ink stamp code on the bottom of the metal can which could tell you more about the year manufactured. Your powder was probably manufactured before 1960 and data available says use cardboard/felt wad colums etc in paper cases. Glad to see you started low with the soft loads and then stepped up slowly to get decent loads. Risky business testing this way!!! But 10 pounds of powder is 10 lbs of fun to me! I recently finished off some Bullseye powder from a 1932 date code metal can. Worked great with a one oz. load.......Respectfully, ....X- Jet Boat Bill ATA Life member.
     
  15. RAScott

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    BL 350 , I agree the people I was with thought I was crazy to buy it. Maybe so, but I am happy, 10 lbs of powder IS 10 LBS OF FUN. you are correct. Shot it in my Kolar. will load some more for more fun I will use for singles. and practice for now. In todays market that is a great deal. 10lbs for 50.00 SWEET!

    Bob S
     
  16. BL350

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    Dear RAScott/Bob S......No your not crazy, you took a $50.00 gamble which turned out in your favor!! I have a long time friend (in Seattle, Wash.)who gambled last year and bought a large keg of powder (100 POUNDS) for 100.00 at a local auction (Washington....State). It was stored in a barn and was going to be used by a man starting his own shotshell mfg. business (Circa late 1950's) It was labeled "Ball Powder" with no manufacturing name. Now we are into the history of ball powder (which is co-mingled between Hodgdon & Winchester). The powder did not perform as hoped, but the KEG may be some early history!!..... X-Jet Boat Bill
     
  17. gun1357

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    I seem to remember that there was a Hi-Scor powder that was added to holes containing explosive charges. Ron
     
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