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Thread: AA-5744 Powder in Black Powder type cartridges ?

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    Default AA-5744 Powder in Black Powder type cartridges ?

    I have loaded all sorts of powders for my older black-powder cartridge guns. I see AA-5744 in all the books,,,,,
    but I can never find any...

    Has anyone played with it very much. Is it clean burning or dirty like IMR-4759?

    I am wondering if it is worth making a fuss trying to find some.
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    I have used it in my Whelen AI for midrange cast bullet loads (1900 fps) which are very accurate and pretty clean burning, for lead bullet loads.

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    I use it in my Sharps 50-90 and it works wonderfully. It is very difficult to get black here in Southeast Alaska but this works well within the normal operating pressures and velocities of the 50 2 1/2. I'm driving a flat nosed 500 grain let bullet at 1500 fps. It is more accurate than I can shoot and it kills moose with aplomb! Jim

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    I will have to try to find some.
    Maybe Three Bears in Kenai.

    Over the last couple of weeks I have tried IMR-4759 and it burns more dirty than Black Powder. YUCK....
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    Sent you a PM.

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    I can usually find AA-5744 in fairbanks at both Sportsmen's and Pioneer Outfitters. I thought it was a miserable powder for .500 SW magnum. It cleaned up Ok, but made a big mess on the way.

    It might work great at lower pressures, I didn't have any trouble getting it lit.

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    I was thinking about trying it in my 38-40 rifle. Maybe my older 45-70s.
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    I used to use it in .444, and it was fine for that under 240s. Not super hot, but still plenty of pop to it. In .357 and .44 it did fine on the top end, the recoil was mild, but I don't think the velocity was anything stellar. Never chrono'd it, but it didn't penetrate as well as the H110 loads did. Seems to burn in a 'whoosh', rather than the slam and bang of H110.

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