Promo Powder for 9mm Hardball

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Promo Powder for 9mm Hardball

Post by DeweyHales on Mon Dec 01, 2014 12:08 pm

I tested 4.5gr of Promo with a 115 FMJ.  It shoots almost identically to 5.2gr of N340 in my Beretta.  With some powders being tough to get, this might be worth a test for some shooters out there.

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Re: Promo Powder for 9mm Hardball

Post by noylj on Thu Dec 04, 2014 10:15 pm

Promo is Red Dot. 
Your load is a max load for many.

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Re: Promo Powder for 9mm Hardball

Post by aloreman on Fri Dec 05, 2014 8:28 am

promo isnt really reddot.  Its a blend of red dot and american select that didnt meet spec.  you will notice some lot to lot variation due to this.  Also why it stinks like rotten eggs

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Re: Promo Powder for 9mm Hardball

Post by guncheese on Sat Dec 06, 2014 11:26 am

well I for one would be very pleased to have a couple 8lbers of rotten egg powder
as im a huge proponent of Red Dot


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Post by GrumpyOldMan on Sat Dec 06, 2014 10:18 pm

Never used it, so please don't mind the question.`Is Red Dot a black powder wannabe in that it hath an "aroma"?

Remember some Combloc el cheapiest-maximus ammo in the 1980s smelled none too good when you lit them up.

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Post by Deerspy on Sat Dec 06, 2014 11:23 pm

I never thought it smelled use 12+12+8+8+4+8= about 52 pounds of it shooting skeet and trap over the last 40 years.

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Re: Promo Powder for 9mm Hardball

Post by rbwillnj on Sat Dec 20, 2014 1:07 am

Promo is NOT Red Dot.  It is actually a blend of powders made to be Ballistically equivalent to Red Dot on a weight basis.   It has a different density than Red Dot.   For those of us who shoot shot gun too, you can't use the same bushing for Promo as Red Dot, but you use the same weight.    Some say it's dirty.  I don't see the difference.......Good low cost alternative.   Never used it in a handgun load.


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Re: Promo Powder for 9mm Hardball

Post by teg2658 on Sat Dec 20, 2014 12:36 pm

Last year I loaded 50 rounds of 45ACP, 3.8-4.0 grains of promo behind my hand cast H&G 68s using Winchester primers and they worked fine in my slide mount, just a bit of smoke. I use Promo in my trap loads and gave it a try in my 45. When I first started shooting conventional pistol bullseye powder is what I used for reloading. Went to optics and made the change to Red Dot with good results. Jackie Best told me to try 452AA, now my results were excellent, broke 890 several times with my reloads, several National Records and 2650 club. Then Winchester replaced 452AA in about 1989 with WST. I did extensive testing with WST and found it to work just as well as 452AA. Through the years I tried VV310,Unique and about every other powder for 45ACP and always went back to WST. Forgot to mention I own a Ransom Rest and 4 wad guns.

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Re: Promo Powder for 9mm Hardball

Post by xring2245 on Tue Apr 14, 2015 9:25 pm

noylj wrote:Promo is Red Dot. 
No, it isn't.

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Re: Promo Powder for 9mm Hardball

Post by rich.tullo on Tue Apr 21, 2015 1:46 pm

I love 4.1/4.2 wst over 200swc.

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