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I shot the little puppy on Thursday. Just casual, but I think we show some real potential. I shot at 25 yards, two handed standing. It was pretty cold, but I really wanted to shoot it outside. Both loads were with Lee's 240 gr TLSWC.

Here's 4.5 gr Bullseye. Not too bad:


Here's 5.0 gr Green Dot. I think I need to explore this further:


I also shot my buddies ammo, 7 gr Unique and some form of 200 gr RNFP. It bucked a bit more, but still no problem holding the black. I didn't really try for accuracy with that one. However, his load was spot on for poi. My lighter loads hit a bit high. All were shot with a 6 o'clock hold.

I think serious accuracy testing will need to wait til warmer weather, but I think things are looking encouraging!
 

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Green Dot is an excellent - and overlooked - powder for .44 Special!

Years ago, I had been using it some with my RCBS 265gr Keith SWC to get a target shooting load that was cleaner-burning than my old standard with Unique. I noticed that GD was delivering very consistant velocities from shot-to-shot, so decided to try it with other revolver cartridges.

When I got my new Classic M-21, I needed to find a good 200gr. load for it. Bullets heavier than ~225gr. would hit well above my POA unless I increased the velocity to brutal levels. Green Dot came through again as a relatively clean and very accurate combination with various brands of cast 200gr. bullets. Here are my best findings for the 4" M-21 - both loads are equally accurate to ~50 yds and show no signs of dangerous pressure in MY revolver with these components:

197 gr. FNBB; WIN Brass; WLP; 5.5 gr. Green Dot; ~810fps (measured)
197 gr. FNBB; WIN Brass; WLP; 6.0 gr. Green Dot; ~900fps (measured)

The first load is a great one for DA practice - easy to recover shot-to-shot.

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No argument here about Green Dot. It is very underrated by the reloading fraternity.

It is my most used powder. I load 4 shotgun gauges with it (all but .410) so I always have a few 8 pounders around. I found it works well in smaller rifle cases for reduced cast bullet plinker loads, as well as .45 ACP IPSC/Bowling pin loads.

I wasn't suprised to see it do well in the .44 Spl. I'm glad your findings support mine.
 

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I've never tried Green Dot. I've pretty much stayed with Unique, 2400, Bullseye and TrailBoss. But, after reading what you two fellas have to say I think I might just have to give it a try..
 
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