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Powder question from a reloading newb. I have the Tracker 627. I've reloaded some 38 brass using 125 gr FPJ, Blue Dot and Lyman's 49th recommendation of 7.6 to 8.5 gr powder. I loaded 1 box at the low end and another at mid-range. Felt and saw no discernible difference, but both were dirty, dirty, dirty.:mad: A lot of what I assumed to be unburned powder. I might add, I'm using magnum primers since SP primers are as scarce as unicorns around here. So, on with my story. I found a load at handloads.com that recommends 6.6 to 7.3 of Blue Dot. So I tried it at 6.7 to 6.8 gr. It worked great and so much cleaner! Problem solved there, so its seems. I went to the gun store to price more Blue Dot, and wouldn't you know it but all the powder was gone, except a full row of Green Dot. I went home disappointed but looked up handloads.com again and found reload data using Green Dot and it uses almost half the charge of blue dot! :D 3.9 to 4.3. If that load is as reliable as their data was on Blue, I may not run out of powder since nobody seems to want Green around here.
So here's my question: Does anyone have any experience with Green Dot? I want to buy a jug (and will) just to try it out, but would like some experienced advice on using it in 38 and 357. Any advice on Blue Dot is welcome, too.
Thanks in advance.:)
 

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Green Dot is a very good powder for general use 38 Special loads. I shoot nothing but my own cast lead bullets and have used GD off and on over the last 40 years. Goferit!!!!!!!!
 

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Green Dot is a very good powder for general use 38 Special loads. I shoot nothing but my own cast lead bullets and have used GD off and on over the last 40 years. Goferit!!!!!!!!
Thanks, Guesser, I will! Any powder charge recommendations, or is what I listed about right? By the way, I'm originally from Harlowton, or Harlo as it is known to most.
 

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I use Blue Dot for hot 9 and 40 rounds based on Alliant recommendations. They show Green Dot for 44 mag and 45 ACP and Colt rounds - nothing else for pistol. I'm sure it can be tweaked into place and guesser's long term use of it is a solid reference. Where are the wider load data for GD recorded!?
 

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There are a lot of powders for the .38 Special. It is a very versatile cartridge.
 
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Green Dot is a very good powder for general use 38 Special loads. I shoot nothing but my own cast lead bullets and have used GD off and on over the last 40 years. Goferit!!!!!!!!

Yup, me too. Green dot is a very versatile powder....
 

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Both green dot and red dot are pretty versatile!
don't play around to much with light loads in blue dot!
this powder likes pretty high loadings and as you found doesn't like to be light loaded.
all are originally shotgun powders and like a lot pistol powders have came over from the other side.
OF course you should have reloading manuals to cover what you are reloading, and you can go to the manufactures website and download or order their reloading manuals for free.
enjoy and be safe!
 
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