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I went to the companies web site that makes blue dot and they don`t show a recipe for what i want to use it for 230 grain leaded round nose 45 acp bullet. What has wondering is the lee reloading book says i can use it so what one should i believe and there are some other powders from the same company that has no recipe for what i am loading but lees book says i can. What one should a person go by :brow:
 

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Follow the lee book. I have used blue dot before. only issue with it is it is a bit dirty, but works just fine.
 

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I have been following load data in Richard Lee's Modern Reloading book and haven't gone wrong yet, still got all the fingers and eyes. Lee did a tremendous amount of testing that the powder companies haven't done. Only complaint I've ever heard about the Lee data is that it is conservative when compared to older data? You will not go wrong or harm yourself following Lee's or any other companies puplished load data. Lee just tested more stuff. You can believe in Lee's data! Expect the Blue Dot to be dirty when compared to faster powders.
 

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blue dot is too slow for short barrel pistols. go up to unique or power pistol. blue dot is more suited to carbine length barrels.

SW
Really...hmmm...now the wheels are turning.............
 

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would you want to send me that pet load??...... ^-^ 8)
 

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He just might if you PM him and ask nicely. LOL He sent it to me. Works real great in my 995. Cleared the accuracy problems right up.
 

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My favorite load for .357 Magnum is Blue Dot with a 158 gr. SWC (locally made, very hard) and standard small pistol primer.
 

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Not to step on any toes here, but my 3.5 inch para p12 loves the bluedot, and 200 grain jacketed projectiles.
I have gotten some of the best groups ever with this combo. I have had my p12 since 93, have shot 4 or 5 thousand reloads throught it with everthing from red dot, to blue dot, including power pistol, wst and wap. and it really likes the blue. I wont get the true potential of the powder from a shorter barrel, agreed,
but with the accuracy, and limited muzzle flip, I dont mind.
 

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Not to step on any toes here, but my 3.5 inch para p12 loves the bluedot, and 200 grain jacketed projectiles.
I have gotten some of the best groups ever with this combo. I have had my p12 since 93, have shot 4 or 5 thousand reloads throught it with everthing from red dot, to blue dot, including power pistol, wst and wap. and it really likes the blue. I wont get the true potential of the powder from a shorter barrel, agreed,
but with the accuracy, and limited muzzle flip, I dont mind.
you may get the same results from a different powder, and use less to boot. the key is matching the powder burn rate to the length of barrel and projectile weight. using blue dot in a short barrel left me lots of unburned powder in teh barrel, heavy muzzle flare from late burning powder (not to be confused with muzzle flash from the shot), and inconsistent velocities. have you tried different powders?

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Look up blue dot powder at alliant site. They are warning not to use in 41 mag as it can blow up gun. It hasn't hurt mine but I wonder if mfgr warns about their product.-D


* Blue Dot® should NOT be used in the 357 Magnum load using the 125 grain projectile (Blue Dot® recipes with heavier bullet weights as specified in Alliant Powders Reloading Guide are acceptable for use).
* Blue Dot® should NOT be used in the 41 Magnum cartridge (all bullet weights).
 
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