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    .45 Colt HSM Bear Load

    Erratic results with handloads in cold temperatures prompted me to search for a reliable factory load. At around 10 F ambient temperature got 300 fps muzzle speed variation using W296! Tried Hornady 225gr FTX ammo. Good results but muzzle speed is a bit low even from a rifle barrel.

    Good results today with HSM Bear Load. 1155 fps muzzle speed (7.5" barrel) advertised. Chronographed at 1350 fps from 18.5" barrel 45 Colt / 410 H&R Survivor. No barrel leading. Good product.















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    Good review. I buy one caliber of HSM seconds (blems) to get the brass when available. The blems are excellent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 256WinMag View Post
    Good review. I buy one caliber of HSM seconds (blems) to get the brass when available. The blems are excellent.
    Where do you find them?

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    OP, if you're not getting satisfactory results with W296, check out Accurate #9. Take a look at Western Powder's load data, in the 30k PSI section (assuming you're loading for a strong action). I tried H110/W296 + 250gr bullets in my Henry 45 Colt, but ended up switching to Accurate #9. I like it a lot better, and one of the reasons is that it's easier to ignite than H110/W296. I'm getting about 1700 fps with that load, so it will definitely get you what you want. Depending on your velocity goal, Accurate #5 or #7 may also be suitable.

    Shot this group just the other day. Hornady 250gr XTP, Accurate #9, WLP primer, Starline brass. 50 yards, from my bench.

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    Might take a look at IMR4227. Below is a group at 50 yards with a powder coated 270 grain cast SSA 45 Colt. First 4 shots went into a 0.295 inch center to center group and the 5th shot slightly out of the group.

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    Looking for cold ambient temperature muzzle speed consistency. W296 ain't it. In my handloads and rifle at least. Blue Dot and 300gr XTP worked ok.

    Impressed with HSM Bear Load performance. Temperature stable load. Nearly 3x muzzle energy of FTX ammo.

    https://hsmammunition.com/bear-load/





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    That's why I've always relied on the Hodgdon powders that are temperature insensitive. Back when I was shooting 600 yard and 1,000 yard rifle matches, I needed a powder that would have the same point of impact, regardless of temperature. Powders like H4895 and Varget more than proved themselves in temperature swings between 30 degrees and 100 degrees. That was in South Carolina.

    Now that I live in northern NY my temperature swings can range from below zero to 90+ degrees. I use H4350 in my 30-06 rifles.
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    By the way, thanks for the range reports!
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    10 above? Flannel shirt and flipflop weather in South Dakota. +1 on the IMR 4227 and Accurate #9 recommendations. Two very good powders in the cool temps. I use Federal 155 Large Pistol Magnum primers with 4227 and any LP standard primer with #9.
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    Off hand accuracy check today. Ambient temperature 8 F. Ready to rock.



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