|Snipped from photos of smokeless powder containers.|
I had good results with H335 for a long time, until once I didn't. Twice in one day. I pulled the rest, all the charges were a-ok so I became instantly paranoid.
Twere me I'd look more toward an H322 burn rate. But that's why we handload, stuff works different for everyone. -A comment on a widely read outdoor forum
If you cruise around the internet looking at powders for reloading the .223 Remington/5.56X45mm NATO round you will undoubtedly run across stories of Hodgdon H-335 causing guns to blow up.
- The bullet too far forward can contact the rifling.
- Changing firearms can cause problems because some chambers have more "freebore" than others. A load that is fine with a generous throat can generate excessive pressure when the rifling starts closer to the mouth of the cartridge.
- Seating bullet too far back reduces powder space in the cartridge.
- Inadequate neck tension or not crimping can result in the bullet migrating back into the case after repeated chamberings.
- Changing the bullet from a lead-to-jacketed-to-monometal can raise the pressure as can substituting a heavier bullet of the same construction.
- Failure to trim your brass as it stretches will also cause pressures to spike as will leaving your ammo on the dash of your truck on a hot day.
|This is what a bottle of smokeless propellant (gun powder) looks like.|
One factor that rarely gets talked about is the risk of grabbing the wrong container. To somebody who is dyslexic or in a hurry, an upside down 2 looks like a five. Anybody want to bet that the person who made the comment at the top of this post had both powders on his reloading shelf?
|Changing the label would reduce the chances of a mistaken identity. One possibility would be to add a hyphen and then EXTREME in the same font as the H322.|
One partial solution is to simplify. A smaller portfolio of powders and projectiles minimizes the possibility of destroying your firearm and body parts.
One portfolio, from fast-to-slow might be
- Unique (handguns and shotguns)
- H-110 (magnum handguns and 300 Blackout)
- TAC (small-to-medium bore/capacity rifles)
- Reloader-17 (medium-to-magnum bore/capacity rifles)
The other place one can simplify is to reduce the weights and brands of projectiles. Lets be reasonable here, if you are close enough to hit a snake with birdshot, you can hit it with at least one of your six shots of hollowpoints or semi-wadcutters. Almost any 165gr .308 projectile (Hornady, Nosler, Remington, Winchester, Speer, Sierra, etc.) out of any case the size of a 30-30 Winchester or larger will kill anything from small deer to moose.
I don't have a huge investment in those four powders. You could do just as well or better with four or five of your favorites. But give it a little bit of consideration. God only gave you two eyes and five fingers.