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promo powder bushing

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Kolarshtr, Feb 7, 2011.

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  1. Kolarshtr

    Kolarshtr TS Member

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    just purchased a container of promo powder hoping to save some money reloading but
    cant find any info on what the bushing size is for my mec reloader. anybody know
    where I can find this information?
     
  2. gun1357

    gun1357 Active Member

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    Promo varies a lot (Pun intended). Red dot data will get you close but you need a powder scale. Ron
     
  3. Hill topper

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    In the front of the Accurate powder manual there are several pages which tell you what bushing is designed to drop a given amount of powder for various loaders. Always use a scale to verify the powder drop.

    Your component supplier should be able to supply you with a manual.

    ed.
     
  4. halfmile

    halfmile Well-Known Member

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    Well, now. You shoot a Kolar, I would expect you to have a scale. With Promo you definitely need one, since different lots vary in density.

    HM
     
  5. Kolarshtr

    Kolarshtr TS Member

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    Thanx for the response guys. Yes I do own a scale, or two. I guess I was just

    being lazy and looking for a quick start to my search.

    Bruce
     
  6. Recoil Sissy

    Recoil Sissy Well-Known Member

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    Good morning Kolarshtr,

    As you probably know, Promo has the same burn speed as Red Dot, but is more dense. The starting point you're looking for is two sizes smaller than the correct MEC bushing for the same amount of Red Dot.

    For example, the MEC bushing chart says a #30 bushing will drop 17.8 grains of Red Dot. If you wanted 17.8 grains of Promo, you'd start with a #28 bushing. Of course, ALWAYS confirm actual drop weights with your scale.

    sissy

    PS: Reloaders can find bushing charts for MEC, Hornady, and PW loaders in the RESOURCES section of Alliant powder's webpage.
     
  7. BIG PAPA

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    You will love Promo. It is a great powder and saves you money. Shoot it just like Red Dot. For a long time there was no data in the manual for Promo. Alliant just told you to "copy" a load from the Red Dot list. They finally copied the same data from the Red Dot list in their manual and changed the name of the powder to Promo. As all of the guys are stating above, you MUST use a powder scale. You may very well need to change bushings when you change lot numbers. You need to watch this very carefully. If you load from 17.8 to 18.2 grains you will get nice consistant loads.
     
  8. Bucko43

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    I re-load using a MEC 9000G, and I use a 32 bushing and that gives me 18 grains of Promo. Nice, low recoil for 1 1/8 ounce load. The book says that's 1200 FPS, but I doubt it. More like 1145 FPS.
     
  9. chourico

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    I use a #30 bushing on my mec with promo and let me tell you from the 26 yd line i smoke the birds no problem!I save money and no recoil at all.Try different bushings but dont use more powder if you dont need it you will be just throwing money out the window.And as far as scales go I have never used one one thing less i need to worry about,I let my scores dictate wat i need to do.It has worked very well for me,last year i went from the 23.5yd to 26yd line and the same load is smoking them the same way.
     
  10. Quick 1

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    Above post should place in the Darwin Awards next year!
     
  11. woodchuk

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    I use a 29 bushing for 1 oz. and 32 for 1 1/8 loads works great .
     
  12. Arkie

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    My mec hydro 31 bushing on this jug is 18.0 grains but some times you have to change bushings with different jugs. Shoot good this season. Rick
     
  13. hehawboy

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    Hello There!!I good friend of mine uses promo all the time one thing he was told that because promo is a mixture of variest powder sizes it's best to shake the container the powder is in before you install it in the hoppers on your mec this will aloud a better balance of the load, and only fill up you our making for shells .Hope this will help
     
  14. halfmile

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    Almost any powder will have some fines in it, and during transportation they settle to the bottom. If you are of the fussy type it would be wise to turn the jug around and over a few times to distribute them.

    The round kegs were better, you could just roll them around on the floor.

    HM
     
  15. short shucker

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    Quick 1,

    I'm with you here. Next we'll see pic's of his precious Ljutic with a split barrel and asking what happened.

    chourico,

    It's shooters like you that make me fussy about who I squad with. Please post what clubs you shoot at so I can avoid them like the plague!

    ss
     
  16. Quack Shot

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    I buy a couple of cases or more at a time with the same lot number. I still check my drops before every loading session, but at least I can go through four jugs without making major adjustments. I've seen two or three bushing sizes needed to adjust from one lot to another, and sometimes it's within a few tenths of a grain. Generally, one or two bushing sizes smaller than what you use for Red Dot. What is listed in the bushing charts sometimes isn't all that close. You need to check your drops with ascale. It's usually different between a progressive or single stage loader.
     
  17. PerazziBigBore

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    Quick 1.. I agree
     
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