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H4831 vs H4831sc

24 Sep 2016
@ 08:50 pm (GMT)

Trace Jacoby

This is probably a stupid question, but I am pretty new to reloading and am slightly confused. I am about to work up some loads for my new 6.5x55 Swede with 140 gr Nosler Partitions and I noticed that some bullet weights call for H4831 and some call for H4831sc. Is there any difference between the two, other than the length of the powder? Such as burn rate or pressures?

I have the short cut powder but the book calls for regular H4831. As long as I start at the low end and work up my loads as normal, does it matter which powder I use?

Sorry if this is a dumb question, and thanks in advance for any replies. This is my first topic to post on the forum, but I have been reading it for several months and learning a great deal.


24 Sep 2016
@ 09:12 pm (GMT)

Nathan Foster

Re: H4831 vs H4831sc
Hi Trace, go ahead and use your short cut with the other data. There is such a great safety margin built into load data that you have no hope of hitting max pressures with 6.5x55 book loads.

I remember when we had to make the switch here in NZ and Oz. ADI (Asutralia) make these Hodgdon powders. One day we were all using long cut, then it was taken off our local market and replaced with short cut (I think mostly for the sake of metering in dispensers). The BD went up slightly but only a tad, allowing a bit more fun for folk wanting to cram a pile of it into a .30-06 AI case behind 200 grain bullets. Otherwise, none of my loads really changed.

I have loaded the 6.5x55 quite hot with both powders. I still however prefer H4350 (2209) for its responsive nature and excellent accuracy. Having said this, if you are new to reloading and a bit nervous about it all, H4831sc is the sort of powder you cannot really get yourself into trouble with when loading the 6.5.
25 Sep 2016
@ 12:46 am (GMT)

Mike Davis

Re: H4831 vs H4831sc
and its interchangeable with ADIs AR2213sc....same powder different can.
gunworks have been selling lb lots of reclaimed HODGDON h4381 so I just had to nab some for the .270.


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