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Promo vs. Red Dot

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by WNCRob, Mar 7, 2009.

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  1. WNCRob

    WNCRob Member

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    Is there much difference between Promo & Red Dot? I'm considering changing to a more flexible powder, and PROMO is certainly cost effective. The loads on the Alliant web site are identical as are the presure values. What's different besides price?
    Thanks,

    WNCRob
     
  2. poacherjoe

    poacherjoe Well-Known Member

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    If you look down the barrel after each shot the only difference is that promo leaves more residue.Some shooters try to make a big deal out of "DIRTY" powders but I see no logic in this!I clean my gun after each shoot and like you have already stated the savings are great.Reagrds PJ
     
  3. ks5shooter

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    Promo lots vary in density you may need to change a powder bushing up or down to achive same load.As always weigh you powder drops to be sure.Red dot is more consistant but I buy Promo for 75 bucks for 8 lbs,I dont mind doing that for the savings......Don
     
  4. PerazziBigBore

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    Enjoy the savings.. I see no real difference in either FPS or PSI..
     
  5. abiezer

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    Promo,adjustable charge bar,and a scale, life is good...
     
  6. coho

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    I switched from red dot to promo about 5 years ago, I can’t tell a difference but , as has been stated before, you must weigh the charge when you switch lots because I’ve found big differences between each one.
     
  7. 1brucem

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    Red dot is a bulkier powder, which may help or hurt the look of you reload. In addition to what's been said, Promo is red dot + 10% American Select. Bruce
     
  8. mrskeet410

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    Help me with this. It's claimed Promo is Red Dot + 10% American Select.

    According to Recobs website, they sell 8 lb jugs of powder at these prices:

    $96.39 - Red Dot
    $96.39 - American Select
    $80.89 - Promo

    So they mix two powders they sell for $96.39, then charge $80.89?
     
  9. abiezer

    abiezer Guest

    promo is not red dot and american select,
    it's OEM overruns blended to be ballistically identical to red dot.
    It could be a blending of OEM powder used in gun clubs,universals,estates,
    or any other factory loading,or any combination therof.
     
  10. esoxhunter

    esoxhunter Well-Known Member

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    Here is what it REALLY is. It is the floor sweepings that Alliant's janitors sweep off the floor each day. The head janitors name is Rodney Promo. As Mr. Promo is actually the one who places these floor sweepings into the 8# containers; they felt it appropriate to name the powder after him. :) Seriously, I have used a lot of Promo and it does a good job. Can't tell any difference between it and Red Dot. As far as being dirty; it doesn't bother me, as I clean my guns after each days shoot. (And I don't find it is any dirtier than Red Dot). Ed
     
  11. Recoil Sissy

    Recoil Sissy Well-Known Member

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    I'm a long time Red Dot user but very recently tried Promo. I spent a couple of days off and on stuffing bullets and used the entire 8 lb. jug. Other than using a smaller bushing, I only noticed one difference.

    One of my standard one ounce reloads calls for a Gold Medal hull and a 12S0 wad. The denser Promo occupies less space and apparently doesn't fill the case quite as well as Red Dot. With that particular load, I got dished crimps which I couldn't eliminate.

    sissy
     
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