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Post by adamsgt Sun May 02, 2021 3:41 pm

A year or so ago I ended up with 6 jugs of BE86. It took me a little while to get around to using it. I recently bought the book "Propellant Profiles" and looked up BE86. I was pleased with what I saw there and loaded up some 9mm brass with 6.1 gn under a 115 Rem FMJ bullet. At the range I shot the ammo out of Sig P210 and was very pleased with the performance both in accuracy and consistency. I'm thinking it will shoot well in my 38 Super and various 45 acp. If anyone else has tried this powder. I would welcome your comments. By the way, the powder came in a huge plastic container. Bigger than any other 8 pounder I have. When I took off the lid I could see the jug was only half full. So, I weighed it and it showed a little over 8 pounds. Am curious as to why they shipped it in such large containers. The powder is very fine and meters smoothly. Now I'm not feeling that I'm stuck with 48 pounds of a powder with limited use.

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Post by David R Sun May 02, 2021 4:25 pm

SO are you selling any of that BE-86?

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Post by messenger Sun May 02, 2021 6:28 pm

I have a 25yd 38 super load I've been playing with. 3.8gr BE86, col 1.270 with a Dardus 125gr LSWC. Unfortunately Dardus is no longer available. I just got some Missouri 125gr Hi Tech coated SWC that are a little shorter and don't have that "traffic cone" look. I am seating them at 1.250. My crimp is .378-.379. If you are shooting Bullseye I'd say 3.1gr would be equivalent. Very mild shooting. You will need about an eight lb. recoil spring. 

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Post by Bigtrout Mon May 03, 2021 8:25 am

I've used BE86 in my 9mm RO and S&W 986.  It is accurate but a little snappy on recoil.  My preference now is CFE or Titegroup.  I do not shoot competitively so it may not mean much to those who do.
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Post by rgwellsjr Mon May 03, 2021 2:38 pm

For my 38 super I use 5.0 of BE-86 under a 125 HAP.  From a ransom rest at 25 yards all 6 shots were covered with a quarter.

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Post by adamsgt Mon May 03, 2021 7:36 pm

rgwellsjr wrote:For my 38 super I use 5.0 of BE-86 under a 125 HAP.  From a ransom rest at 25 yards all 6 shots were covered with a quarter.

This just keeps getting better. I happen to have those very bullets and a ransom rest. Hope I can duplicate your results out of my Dan Wesson .38 Super.

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Post by BEA Wed May 05, 2021 7:42 am

Concerning the large container, Alliant uses that same container for other powders that are much more bulky such as Red Dot, Green Dot and Unique.

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