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Looking for load info for 300BLK using Data 2200 powder
« on: August 02, 2014, 01:40:10 am »
This is my first post ... this is what brought me here
I've been hand-loading/reloading for close to 30 years ... 223 & 308 are my main rifle caliber's

My dilemma is;
1.  I've got 2 kegs of Data 2200 powder
2.  I've got about 3,000 147 grain bullets 
3.  I've been wanting an AR in 300BLK

Sounds like a great problem doesn't it?

Since it looks like the 300BLK is going to be around for a while, I finally broke down and ordered an upper, a set of dies, a case gauge and a cut-off tool to shorten some 223 cases, because I'm too cheap to pay the going rates for loaded ammo (about a buck a round). Besides, I've already got presses, case trimmers, neck turners ... Virtually everything else I need to roll my own.

To start with I'm wanting to load some range fodder. I've seen load data on this powder for everything from 40 grain .223's to 7.62X39 and .308 up to 150 grain bullets but I haven't been able to find anything, not even a starting point for this powder for the 300BLK. 

I've got 900 Lake City cases in loading trays and ready to be transformed into 300BLK cases, primer pockets swaged and flash-holes uniform & flash hole de-burred :)



I'm still waiting on my cut off tool from Harbor Freight, it should be here Tuesday ... the upper should be here Monday, and my dies and case gauge showed up today.

Tonight I cut off a case with a tubing cutter and got my case trimmer set up to 1.368" for the big workout, I set up the dies in my Dillon 550

I also checked to see how much Data 2200 powder would fit in the case with a 147 bullet given that the maximum cartridge length is 2.2598" ... and it looks like it will hold about 21.5 grains max without compressing, but unless I can find some load data, and a safe starting point, I'll probably start around 15-16 grains ... Then tie the gun to a tree and a string to the trigger :p

If anyone has info on a load for the 300BLK & Data 2200 powder, please share your knowledge!
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    Looking for load info for 300BLK using Data 2200 powder
    « Reply #1 on: August 02, 2014, 09:37:10 am »
    I have no reloading experience, so take what I'm about to say accordingly: 300BLK & 7.62x39 are ballistically similar. Maybe start with a medium-low load for it, and work your way up? Does Data 2200 have similar combustion characteristics to another powder that is more commonly used for 300BLK?

    Good luck, stay safe, and welcome to the forum.

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    Re: Looking for load info for 300BLK using Data 2200 powder
    « Reply #2 on: August 02, 2014, 10:35:39 am »
    I've not heard of Data 2200...what is it normally used for?  With the 300BO you have to be very careful with what you are using as the round works best with magnum pistol powders (H110, W296, AA #9) or small bore shotgun (L'il Gun) but not so much powders that you typically use for .223 & .308 rifles.  I use a lot of IMR 3031 in .223 & .308 but there is no data for 300BO using that powder and I believe that there is a reason for that.  It could be because of inconsistent performance, poor operation, dangerous pressures or a combination of some sort.  If you can't find data anywhere I would recommend that you contact the powder manufacturer and ask them if they recommend using that powder for that cartridge and if so ask if they have any data for the projectile that you would be using.
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    Re: Looking for load info for 300BLK using Data 2200 powder
    « Reply #3 on: August 02, 2014, 11:41:13 am »
    Actually, having read this http://www.accuratepowder.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/DP2200.pdf, I'm inclined to suggest using a different powder.  The text mentions there might be cycling issues when using the powder for .223/5.56 due to short cycling, and 300BLK can be very tricky in that regard (*that* i do have experience with although mine was due to misalignment of the gas port).


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    Re: Looking for load info for 300BLK using Data 2200 powder
    « Reply #4 on: August 02, 2014, 10:38:49 pm »
    I'd still hold out for H110. While you are waiting you can get all of your brass ready. That should take you a lot of time but wait for the right powder.  From what I could tell, 2200 is not ideal for 300blk.
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