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I'm getting ready to develop some new loads for my rifles, and based on the success I had with Alliant powders, want to expand my experimentation with them.

I've been using Alliant #19 - a powder that seems to be a little faster than 4350IMR on the burn scale. I shoot all mid-capacity cartridges (with two exceptions that I'll ask advise on later) and am thinking about trying Reloder #22 and Reloder #25 - two quite slower powders.

Here's my scenario -

I shoot 7x57, 8x57 and 6.5x55 cartridges with 139/140 grain Hornady SPBT and SP and Nosler BT bullets in the 7x57. For right now I shoot 170 Grain WW Power Points in the 8x57 (till I run out of them then I'll go to another bullet about the same weight). In the 6.5x55 I shoot 120g Nosler BT.

Obviously I hunt whitetail deer - all these have bc in the area of .215 to .230 and are good for light-skinned animals, almost exclusively.

Has anyone had experience using the Reloder 22/25 powders in mid-size cartridges, and if so, has anyone got some advise on this endeavor?


Second question. I've a new 44mag Rifle that I'm loading for, also for whitetail. I'm thinking about using 240g flatnose, but haven't any idea what might be effective in a rifle. Any Ideas? BTW Remington 180g factory loads create a huge fireball in front of the rifle and an ungodly loud report, indicating a lot of unburned powder. The rifle is a Marlin lever gun with a 20" barrel. I'd like to reduce the unburned powder level, the loudness of the report and the intensity of the flash (it'll blind you in low light conditions).

Any Ideas and/or suggestions? I'm not a pistol cartridge person at all and this is a new area.

I'm also looking for information on loads for a .22 Hornet rifle. Suggestions are all welcome on that little darlin'. It was my Dad's rifle and I just want to make it shoot sweet in his memory.

Thanks to all in advance.

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