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    I bought some H-380 to try in some experimental loads for some short barrel 6.5x55 swede carbines. It turned out that there was no advantage over the much slower RL-22 loads even in the short 17 inch barrels. Plus H-380 did not produce any accurate loads in any of my Swede Mausers.


    SO the question is......

    Has anyone found a cartridge that seems to like H-380?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Float Pilot View Post
    I bought some H-380 to try in some experimental loads for some short barrel 6.5x55 swede carbines. It turned out that there was no advantage over the much slower RL-22 loads even in the short 17 inch barrels. Plus H-380 did not produce any accurate loads in any of my Swede Mausers.


    SO the question is......

    Has anyone found a cartridge that seems to like H-380?

    i use it in the .243 @ 39.5 gn for the 100 grain partitions in a savage
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    Quote Originally Posted by Float Pilot View Post
    SO the question is......

    Has anyone found a cartridge that seems to like H-380?
    The 220 Swift and 22-250 seem to love it in the rifles with which I am familiar. It has always produced high velocity and excellent accuracy. I think I also used it in my 338/06 with good results, but I'd have to dig through my loading logs to verify that (just too many years ago to remember). I know the super 22s love it.

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    These are the cartridges that I currently load for:

    223
    6.8mm SPC
    6.5x55mm ............. H-380 does not do well here.
    7x57mm
    308
    30-40 Krag
    30-06
    330 Win Mag
    350 Rem Mag
    38-40 Rifle
    416 Taylor
    45-70
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    Quote Originally Posted by Float Pilot View Post
    These are the cartridges that I currently load for:

    223
    6.8mm SPC
    6.5x55mm ............. H-380 does not do well here.
    7x57mm
    308
    30-40 Krag
    30-06
    330 Win Mag
    350 Rem Mag
    38-40 Rifle
    416 Taylor
    45-70

    Well YOU are in LUCK!!!!!!

    now you have reson to purchase a 220 swift, a 22-250 and a 243..... there is absoulty NO reason to let the power sit and dry out...
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    My .22-250 likes H380. RL-15 gives me more velocity, but H380 gives me tighter groups.

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    I have some Barnes TSX data for it and the 7x57 if you are interested let me know.

    It should also work reasonably well in th 223

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    Another vote for H-380 for the 22-250...it groups very nicely with my Tikka.

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    h-380 got its name from 38.0 grains of it in the 22-250 case with a 55 grain bullet. its history.

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    I use it in 30-06 loads developed for use in my Garand. This was based off a recommendation in the Speer manual. Seems it's easier on the gas operated semi autos than some of the slower powders. I have no idea what velocity I get with it, but it functions the Garand perfectly. Shoots "good enough for plinking" out of the Garand and the 03A3.

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    Just another quick update for the original poster. It is listed in the .338 WM for the Barnes 160gr. TTSX max load pushes it 3363 fps. Would make a nice flat load for smaller game.

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    As with any Hodgdon Powders-use it as fertilizer.

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