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I am looking for a good load for my first pound of powder and would appreciate your comments on what I want to load:

Bullet: Speer Territory 405 gr lead flat nose (this is not cast but special coated and is also not gas checked)

Powder: Accurate 2495
Type Grains Vel. || Grains Vel. P.S.I. OAL Cmt
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2495 48.6 1585 || 54.0 1801 22,200 2.550 Compressed
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2015 48.6 1465 || 54.0 1665 26,800 2.550
(load data from Accurate web site)

Primer: Winchester CCI 200

Reasons why I like the 2495 is that it has the best velocity at a low pressure for the lead bullet. The concern I have is that it needs to be compressed (how dangerous is that???). The 2015 has comparabe velocity but higher pressure which I am not sure if the bullet will take that.

Thanks for any help regarding this!
Tom
 

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A call to Speer would seem to be in order. They should have some data for that bullet. I was about to tell you flatly that both pressures were too high for a swaged bullet until I remembered the old Nyclads. They had what amounted to a plastic jacket around a lead core and would take some serious pressure.

Moderate compression of stick powders in not dangerous at all. I try to avoid it with ball powders which seem to be both touchier and less compressible.
 
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