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how many rounds can you get from a pound of powder
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 Posted: Sat Nov 12th, 2011 03:21 AM
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I am just curious how many rounds you can get out of a pound of powder for .223 (shooting 55 gr. hp or fmj) and .40 s&w (180 gr hp or fmj)

I have been reloading for a couple years now but just use what i need and buy more when i need it.. i had notes i could have looked back to figure this out but misplaced my note book on a recent move. I am just looking at target rounds nothing fancy..



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7000 grains/lb divided by the grains per load.



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Thanks.. that is what i was looking for..



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I counted the "grains" of a pound of powder once. Took me almost a week. But then I realized that there was ball powder also so I gave up in defeat--lol.



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resqdan wrote: I am just curious how many rounds you can get out of a pound of powder for .223 (shooting 55 gr. hp or fmj) and .40 s&w (180 gr hp or fmj)

Not enough :sad:

For practice loads, look at the faster powders for any load, it can make quite a difference with the cost of propellants these days.  Some combinations for HG loads may eat twice as much powder with slower burning powders.

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handloads .com has a quick little calculator for this question...       you just fill in the info and it tells pretty close..............................



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TMan51 wrote: resqdan wrote: I am just curious how many rounds you can get out of a pound of powder for .223 (shooting 55 gr. hp or fmj) and .40 s&w (180 gr hp or fmj)

Not enough :sad:

For practice loads, look at the faster powders for any load, it can make quite a difference with the cost of propellants these days.  Some combinations for HG loads may eat twice as much powder with slower burning powders.

BTW, great looking camo in the avatar :wink:

 this is why i have used bullseye almost exclusively in my .38 spl-,357 mag handloads...   i couldn't get bullseye last at the store so i got red dot........ it's just a little slower powder but still good for lots of loads per pound.................



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Bullseye is good stuff.  I use RD because I also load for 12ga target loads, more versatile for my loading.



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I'm almost settled on Unique for my loads. I'm shootin up my odd-lots of powder.
I just plink and bang steels anymore out to 400 yards. (30-06)
And I cast bullets.
It goes a long ways for a pound of POWder.
12-16 grains, 583-437 rounds
7000/12 = 583 rnds
7000/16 = 437 rnds
When an 8 pound jug costs $101, that's a LOT of fun for cheap! (4664 rnds @ 12g, 3496 rnds @ 16g)

Streachin your fun bucks helps for us retired farts. :lol:



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TMan51 wrote:
BTW, great looking camo in the avatar :wink:


Ya think?

Well I'm a repentant, God fearing Christian and I find it offensive.

I don't judge others by what they wish to look at (to a point of course) to each his own.

I just was a bit surprised when I saw that.  I don't deal with this sort of thing casually.

Don't want to ruffle any feathers.

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Upstate Matt wrote:
TMan51 wrote:
BTW, great looking camo in the avatar :wink:


Ya think?

Well I'm a repentant, God fearing Christian and I find it offensive.

I don't judge others by what they wish to look at (to a point of course) to each his own.

I just was a bit surprised when I saw that.  I don't deal with this sort of thing casually.

Don't want to ruffle any feathers.

At the end of the day its my choice of what forums I read and if I don't like it I can go elsewhere.

YMMV


I misread that the first time through. I thought you wrote "repugnant". :lol: (As in you found it repugnant)See definition #1 http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/repugnant
You could always choose to use the "Ignore" feature. :wink:



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Here is how I calculate how many rounds I can get from a pound of powder. There are 7,000 grains in 1 pound of powder. I then take a look at the powder charge for the particular round that I want to reload. I then divide the powder charge into 7,000. So as an example, say I am reloading for my Savage .22-250. I am pushing a 55-grain Hornady V-Max bullet with 39.0 grains of H380 powder. So to figure out how many rounds I can reload with a pound of H380 powder, I would make the following calculation:

7,000/39.0 = 179 rounds per pound of H380 powder.

I hope this helps.



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This is great info for justifying my new hobby with the wife..."look at the savings". Thanks guys!



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Here is another example:
8 pound jug of powder.
7000 x 8 = 56,000 grains.
56,000 / (your load weight) = Number of rounds.

But wait, there's MORE!

Say you want to get X number of rounds from your new jug of powder. What weight should your set your measure to throw????

56,000 / (number of rounds) = charge weight (in grains)

56,000 / 5000 rnds = 11.2 grains.
56,000 / 4000 rnds = 14.0 grains.
(Manual calls for 12-16.5 grain loads. Intelligence calls for finding the pet load and sticking with it.)

Look Sweetheart :bow:, if I reload it only costs 4¢ for primers, and .0256¢ (2 1/2¢) for POWder per round.
(Based on 5000 rounds)
You'll have to figure out your own bullets; and of course there is the equipment costs.

Usually the first box of ammo costs $ 2-3 thousand dollars. Then the savings kick in....
But keep that between us guys for now... :lol:

Guess who has a brand new 8 Lb jug of Unique to load behind his cast boolits? And two boxes of primers. :applaud:
:rolleyes::confused::poke:



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