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Old 02-19-2013, 01:41 PM
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I find myself with an abundance of Win 296, since I don't shoot skeet any more. Has anyone found load data for this powder for 380, 38 special, 40 or 45. Just looking for a light target load so I can use up the powder. I would hate to use it up as fertilizer.
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296 is great powder in some calibers but the ones you note just do not fit.The closest one is 40 Smith but I see no loads for such a slow (relatively) powder.
My 32 H&R loves the stuff!!Don't throw it out sell it if you have a fair quantity on hand.
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Winchester 296/Hogdon H110 is a powder which cannot and must not be used for light metallic cartridge loads! It is suitable only for full power magnum handgun loads and .30 Carbine loads. W296 is slow burning and needs a case full to ensure complete ignition.

Great powder for the heaviest .357 Magnum, .41 Magnum and .44 Magnum loads. See if you can trade someone for some HP 38/ W 231, Bulleye or Accurate #2- those are what you need and all are a bit cheaper than W296 so someone may trade.
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Nope, none of those cartridges can be loaded with that powder. W296/H110, the exact same powder, is for use in magnum only calibers. Downloading it will cause squibs and other real problems........
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Not to pile on but the above comments are correct. W296 is one of the slowest magnum powders available. Add the fact it does not react well to downloading it's a very poor choice for what you are looking to reload.

It's time to buy a new gun, W296 works very well in the 30 Carbine! lol
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Update your profile with your location. Perhaps there is someone in your area that you can barter powder with

Personally, I burn through lots of H110/296, but then 357 and 41 magnums are favorites of mine.
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If by 45 you mean 45 Colt and not 45 ACP, it is a great powder for high end Ruger Blackhawk or Vaquero loads, or Marlin/Winchester/Rossi lever action carbine loads (just not 1873 repros). It is not a powder suitable for plinking or light target loads.
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a great powder for long range handgun silhouette snot dripping, shoulder kicking, ram slamming loads....

in other words... not good for what you want..
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Thanks guys. I have 2-8# kegs and the seals are loose on both, so I wouldn't want to trade/sell them to anyone. I know I wouldn't buy powder from an open container.
BTW, I do have a 357 mag, 357 max and some 44 mags, just don't use them much.
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In today mad reloading economy that powder is worth something to someone,even if it is sold with a warning concerning being open.
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I find myself with an abundance of Win 296, since I don't shoot skeet any more. Has anyone found load data for this powder for 380, 38 special, 40 or 45. Just looking for a light target load so I can use up the powder. I would hate to use it up as fertilizer.
WW296 isn't suitable for any of thos calibers, but it is quite
good for .357 magnum and .44 magnum.
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Was googling this one, found this thread. An old skeet friend just gave me some, I do load and shoot the .41 mag, usually with Laser Cast 215's. Will the full power loads run these cast bullets too fast ? I do have some Rem 210 JSP that all my Model 57's like a lot. Any loads would be appreciated.
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Thanks guys. I have 2-8# kegs and the seals are loose on both, so I wouldn't want to trade/sell them to anyone. I know I wouldn't buy powder from an open container.
BTW, I do have a 357 mag, 357 max and some 44 mags, just don't use them much.
As long as there's nothing wrong with it, I think there are a LOT of people that would buy 296 even if it is open. I mean if somebody dumped half a can of Bullseye in it, no, but otherwise...
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Thanks guys. I have 2-8# kegs and the seals are loose on both, so I wouldn't want to trade/sell them to anyone. I know I wouldn't buy powder from an open container.
BTW, I do have a 357 mag, 357 max and some 44 mags, just don't use them much.
I wouldn't be too concerned about the loose seals inside the caps. Just about any powder jug I have opened in the past year, the "seal" comes off with the cap. I know they have never been opened because they were still in the sealed cardboard shipping boxes from the factory. I'm only talking about Hodgdon/Winchester powder which are essentially the same manufacturer. Maybe they're having a common seal glue problem.
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Was googling this one, found this thread. An old skeet friend just gave me some, I do load and shoot the .41 mag, usually with Laser Cast 215's. Will the full power loads run these cast bullets too fast ? I do have some Rem 210 JSP that all my Model 57's like a lot. Any loads would be appreciated.
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No.It will be fine.
Laser cast are very hard cast bullets. I use H110/W 296 with hard cast bullets in 44 and 357 Mag I shoot very little 41 Mag but have used the powder with cast bullets and no gas checks.
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Thanks guys. I have 2-8# kegs and the seals are loose on both, so I wouldn't want to trade/sell them to anyone. I know I wouldn't buy powder from an open container.
BTW, I do have a 357 mag, 357 max and some 44 mags, just don't use them much.
Well then, you are set. In your original post you just mentioned the wrong cartridges. W296(H110) works great in the .357 Mag, .357 Max and .44 Mag so I guess it's time to break out those guns.

One thing, W296 does not like to be downloaded so it's really only for full power magnum loads and it also advisable to use magnum primers too.

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I just noticed this thread is well over a year old so I'm guessing the OP had figured out a use for the powder or already sold it off! LOL
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Don't forget about the .22 Hornet. My most useful load in the Hornet uses 296.

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