Plinking loads for various calibers!

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by DoesItMatter, Dec 23, 2010.

  1. DoesItMatter

    DoesItMatter New Member

    Jun 12, 2008
    Pacific NorthWest

    None of these loads are "Recommended" - just loads I have used.
    They are plinkers - no where near max loads, and only for target shooting.

    I am not recommending any of these, just saying what I have been using.

    I don't want to call down the wrath of god, or LDBennet or JLA - :D

    Plinking loads only! In my area, it is still quite a hassle to find various powders at a decent price.

    I still have trouble finding Unique and Bullseye at some stores - it sucks!

    I would love to hear what loads you are using - but again "Not Recommending!"


    44 mag -- 250 gr KSWC lead -- 8 grains Clays -- CCI Magnum LPP

    357 mag -- 125 gr RNFP lead -- 5 grains Green Dot -- CCI Magnum SPP

    45 acp -- 200 gr RNFP lead -- 5 grains Green Dot -- CCI Magnum LPP

    The 45 ACP load was under max, and I wanted to try some Magnum primers
    in replacement of Standard primers because of the shortage.

    It is getting better now, and a little easier to find primers, but they still arent' cheap!

    I had no problem with primer strikes on the 45 acp loads.

    All 3 loads shot fairly clean for reloads - by that I mean, no un-burnt powder.

    Good snap to them, but not a lot of kick - and more accurate than I can shoot them.

    Those are the test loads so far for plinking, and I would love to hear any of yours.

    Reason I'm using those shotgun powders, is they were cheap, and I could get them in 4 or 8lb containers locally.

    Once again - these are NOT recommendations - just what I have used for plinkers.

    I would definitely like to hear your plinker loads, especially if you're using shotgun powders for plinking!


    By the way - I saw this on

    10B101 Powder made by VihtaVuori, used in the .50BMG short range training cartridge
    with the plastic bullet. Can be loaded using Herco data. This is a very thin,
    square flake type powder that is not recommended for progressive
    machines, as it tends to bridge very easily. Best to load on a single stage
    press, dropping charges slowly. Excellent for use in magnum type handgun ammo.
    This is pulldown flake powder. $25/6# jug.

    Has anyone tried this out?

    I was thinking of ordering 4 jugs - so before the shipping charge, I'd be looking at

    $25 x 4 + $20 hazmat = $120 / 24 lbs = $5 a lb + shipping - damn cheap plinking powder!

    I mostly shoot 44 mag and 357 mag, and load single stage press, so I think this should be a good deal!
    Last edited: Dec 23, 2010
  2. DoesItMatter

    DoesItMatter New Member

    Jun 12, 2008
    Pacific NorthWest

    I went ahead and ordered 4 jugs of the 10B101 pull-down powder from

    Total with shipping and hazmat came out to $150 for 24 lbs = $6.25 a lb!

    44 Mag -- 11 GR Herco for 180 GR LSWC

    44 Mag - 240-250 GR LSWC -- 9 -> 11 grains of Herco

    357 Mag -- 158 GR LSWC -- 7 grains of Herco

    357 Mag -- 125 GR FPRNL -- 7 grains of Herco

    45 ACP -- 230 GR LRN -- 5 grains of Herco

    45 ACP -- 200 GR LRN -- 5 grains of Herco

    That was load data I found... so, I'm planning on 10 grains of Herco for my 44 mag loads

    Looking at under $0.01 a shot for the powder per bullet - not too shabby!
    Figure an average price of $0.03 per primer for each round,
    and whatever the bullet costs, looking at under $0.15 a round for 44 mag reloads.

    Online, even the cheapo 44 mag is running around $25-30 a box, so $0.50 to $0.60 a round.

    Gotta love reloading!
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2010

  3. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    thats a pretty damn good deal, worth a try at least...
  4. DoesItMatter

    DoesItMatter New Member

    Jun 12, 2008
    Pacific NorthWest

    Got the 24 lbs of 10B101 aka Herco in and loaded up 100 rounds of 44 mag.

    Using 10 grains for a 240 gr LSWC.

    Hopefully I can try them out this coming weekend and report the results.

    BIG flakes on this powder - I'm actually doing the loading with one of the Lee dippers.

    I figure even if I'm off by up to 0.5 grains I'm ok as the Lee loading manual
    shows a recommendation of 11.x to 12.x grains for a 240 grain lead bullet.

    Will report back with how they shoot.

    Oh - and yea, total price was $150 and some change, so this was $6.25 a lb shipped!
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2011
  5. doug66

    doug66 Member

    Jan 29, 2005
    11.5 gr. of Herco is super accurate out of my 4 5/8" barreled SBH and M77/44. Using Lee's TL240grSWC. (44mag).
    I'm out of Herco, but have Unique. 8 gr. of Unique works well in SBH but is not so good in rifle can't hardly keep 4 on a paper plate @60 yds.
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2011
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