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Looking for IMR 5066 pistol powder

Post by hottrodscars on 3/27/2018, 8:57 pm

Just wondered if anyone had any 5066 DuPont pistol powder that is still in good shape?  It was great for .38 special and .45 's.  I hear it was still available in the 70's, but by 1980 was quite unobtainable.

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Re: Looking for IMR 5066 pistol powder

Post by Jon Eulette on 3/27/2018, 8:59 pm

I have about 4# left that I love to shoot on occasion. Great stuff! I wish they still made it.
Good luck on your quest!
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Post by hottrodscars on 3/27/2018, 9:38 pm

Yes, Jon, it was great powder, my Dad always used it in the 60's -- 4 grains for 158 gr. Elmer Keith lead semi-wadcutters.  I used to help him reload when I was 12 years old, I am 68 yrs old now. 

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Post by Wobbley on 3/27/2018, 9:45 pm

Might try one of the new IMR pistol/ shotgun series like Green ot Unequal?
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Post by hottrodscars on 3/28/2018, 11:51 am

I have used Green Dot to try in the 1917 Colt .45 revolver, but it is most accurate with 3.7 grains Red Dot. If I go to 4 grains Red Dot, it gets more inaccurate in a hurry.   I do use 20 or 21 gr. Green Dot in some 12 gauge shotshells, but most of the time I get best results with 23 grains of IMR 800-X; in the big 10 gauge double-barrel magnum I use 32 grains 800-X and can get 12  0000 buckshot in those, (.38 caliber balls).  For those, I use Teflon wraps inside the hull instead of a wad, they are a tighter pattern that way.  Unique has never worked well for me in a handgun, like in a .45 or .38 spl.  Lots larger groupings at 150 feet with Unique. 
   Back in the 60's, my Dad always used 4 grains 5066 in the .38 special, and 4.5 grains in the 45 auto rim Colt revolver.  As a youngster, I had saved my lawnmowing money and paid only $22.50 for the Colt 1917 revolver, in 1958.  I was 8 years old then, I gave the money to my grandfather, and he sent away for it.  Just sent right through the mail from a place in Ft. Worth, TX. 
  I am a new member, so I have to wait 5 more days before I can post a link to a video. 
  I might try some IMR 700-X it's description sounds pretty close to what 5066 used to be.  Fine grain powder, like Bullseye, but 5066 was sort of a medium light gray in color. It metered great!  The red marked primers indicate Red Dot powder, 3.7 grains.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tE9mnt42vVI&t=15s  The distance was 150 ft. at a 16" by 16" steel plate.
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Re: Looking for IMR 5066 pistol powder

Post by Jon Eulette on 3/28/2018, 12:11 pm

700X is snappier than 5066. Once you get used to the feel it's not bad. But it is very different.
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Re: Looking for IMR 5066 pistol powder

Post by hottrodscars on 3/28/2018, 7:24 pm

Good to know, I will soon be giving it a try.

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