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  • Customer service:Nammo Lapua Oy

    P.O. BOX 5, FIN-63101 Lapua, Finlandtel. +358 6 4310 111, fax. +358 6 4310 317

    www.vihtavuori.fi

    RELOADING GUIDEfor Centerfire Cartridges

    More information:Vihtavuori Reloading Manual,

    3rd edition

    2/2002

  • 241. No. 9 , Accurate Arms42. 2400, Hercules43. N110, VIHTAVUORI44. R-123, Norma45. H110, Hodgdon46. 296, Winchester47. SR-4759, IMR Co.48. N120, VIHTAVUORI49. IMR-4427, IMR Co.50. H4227, Hodgdon51. N130, VIHTAVUORI52. 1680, Accurate Arms53. N-200, Norma54. N133, VIHTAVUORI55. Brigadier 4197, Scot56. H4198, Hodgdon57. IMR-4198, IMR Co.58. 2015, Accurate Arms59. Reloder 7 , Hercules60. IMR-3031, IMR Co.61. N-201, Norma62. H322, Hodgdon63. 2230, Accurate Arms64. Brigadier 3032, Scot65. 748, Winchester66. BL-C(2), Hodgdon67. 2460, Accurate Arms68. H335, Hodgdon69. H4895, Hodgdon70. Reloder 12, Hercules71. IMR-4895, IMR Co.72. N135, VIHTAVUORI73. IMR-4064, IMR Co.74. Brigadier 4065, Scot75. 2520, Accurate Arms76. IMR-4320, IMR Co.77. N-202, Norma78. N540 VIHTAVUORI79. N140, VIHTAVUORI80. 2700, Accurate Arms

    Current canister powders in order of approximate burning rate. This list is approximate onlyand not to be used for developing loads.

    CONTACT: KALTRON PETTIBONE, 1241 ELLIS ST. BENSENVILLE, IL 60106PHONE (630) 350-1116

    1. R-1, Norma2. N310, VIHTAVUORI3. Bullseye, Hercules4. Solo 1000, Scot5. No 2 , Accurate Arms6. Red Dot, Hercules7. Clays, Hodgdon8. N320, VIHTAVUORI9. Royal Scot, Scot

    10. HP-38, Hodgdon11. 231, Winchester12. 453, Scot13. Hi-Skor 700-X, IMR Co.14. WST, Winchester15. International, Hodgdon16. Green Dot, Hercules17. N330, VIHTAVUORI18. PB, IMR Co.19. No 5, Accurate Arms20. Pearl Scot, Scot21. WSL, Winchester22. Universal, Hodgdon23. Unique, Hercules24. SR-7625, IMR Co.25. WSF, Winchester26. HS-6, Hodgdon27. N340, VIHTAVUORI28. 540, Winchester29. Herco, Hercules30. SR-4756, IMR Co31. Solo 1250, Scot32. 3N37, VIHTAVUORI33. Hi-Skor 800-X, IMR Co.34. No. 7 , Accurate Arms35. Solo 1500, Scot36. N350, VIHTAVUORI37. 3N38, VIHTAVUORI38. HS-7, Hodgdon39. Blue Dot, Hercules40. N105, VIHTAVUORI

    Burning Rate Chart

    81. Reloder 15, Hercules82. H380, Hodgdon83. 760, Winchester84. H414, Hodgdon85. N550, VIHTAVUORI86. N150, VIHTAVUORI87. 4350, Accurate Arms88. IMR-4350, IMR Co.89. H4350, Hodgdon90. N-204, Norma91. Brigadier 4351, Scot92. Reloder 19, Hercules93. N160, VIHTAVUORI94. N560, VIHTAVUORI95. IMR-4831, IMR Co96. H4831, Hodgdon97. 3100, Accurate Arms98. MRP, Norma99. N165, VIHTAVUORI

    100. Reloder 22, Hercules101. IMR-7828, IMR Co.102. 8700, Accurate Arms103. N170, VIHTAVUORI104. H1000. Hodgdon105. H870, Hodgdon106. 24N41, VIHTAVUORI107. 50BMG, Hodgdon108. 20N29, VIHTAVUORI

  • 3Table of ContentsBURNING RATE CHART ....... 2

    PREFACE ...................................... 4

    VIHTAVUORI POWDERS ....... 5Rifle Powders ............................. 5

    N100 series ............................. 5N500 series ............................. 5Powders for .50 BMG ......... 5

    Handgun Powders .................... 6

    ABOUT THE DATA .................. 6Disclaimer ................................... 6How To Use The Data ............ 6Pressure ....................................... 7

    PROPERTIES AND STORAGEOF SMOKELESS POWDER ... 7

    Properties of SmokelessPowder ........................................ 8How To Check SmokelessPowder For Deterioration ....... 8Considerations For StorageOf Smokeless Powder .............. 8Recommendations For StorageOf Smokeless Powder .............. 8

    RELOADING SAFETY ....9 - 10

    RIFLE RELOADING DATA 11Disclaimer .................................11.17 Remington..........................11.22 Hornet .................................11.222 Remington .......................12.223 Remington .............. 12 - 13.22 PPC - USA .........................13.22-250 Remington..................14.220 Swift ..................................146 PPC - USA ............................146 BR Norma .............................15.243 Winchester .............. 15 - 166mm Remington......................16.240 Weatherby Magnum .......17.25-06 Remington ....................176.5 x 55 SE ....................... 18 - 196.5 - .283 Norma .....................20.264 Winchester Magnum ......20.270 Winchester ........................21.270 Weatherby Magnum .......21

    7mm - 08 Remington .............227 x 57 .........................................227mm Rem. Magnum ...............237mm Weatherby Magnum .....23.30 Carbine ................................24.30-30 Winchester .....................24.300 Savage ...............................25.308 Winchester .............. 25 - 277.62 x 54R (7.62 Russian) 28- 297.5x55 GP31 (7.5mm Swiss) .29.30 - 06 Springfield ......... 30 - 31.300 H&H Magnum ................32.308 Norma Magnum .............32.300 Winchester Mag. ..... 32 - 33.300 Weatherby Magnum .......33.300 LAPUA Magnum ...........34.300 Remington Ultra Mag ....34.30-.378 Weatherby Mag. .......357.62 x 39 ....................................35.303 British ................................358mm Mauser (8 x 57 JS) ........36.338 Winchester Magnum .......36.338 LAPUA Magnum ...........37.358 Norma Magnum .............379.3 x 62 ......................................389.3 x 64 ......................................38.375 H&H Magnum ................38.444 Marlin ................................39.45-70 Government .................39.458 Winchester Magnum .......39.50 BMG ...................................40

    HANDGUN RELOADINGDATA ............................................41

    Disclaimer .................................417mm TCU ................................417mm BR Remington ...............427 x 49 GJW...............................42.32 S.&W. Long N.P. ..............42.32 S.&W. Long Wadcutter ....43.380 ACP ...................................439mm Luger ...................... 43 - 459 x 21 .........................................45.357 SIG ....................................46.38 Super Auto ................ 46 - 47.38 LAPUA Super ...................47

    .38 Special ......................... 48 - 49

    .357 Magnum .................. 49 - 50

    .357 Remington Maximum ... 50

    .40 S.&W. ................................. 5110mm AUTO ......................... 51.41 Remington Magnum ........ 52.44 S.&W. Special .................... 52.44 Remington Magnum ........ 53.45 AUTO ................................ 54.45 Colt ..................................... 54.45 Winchester Magnum. ....... 55.454 Casull ................................ 55.50 AE ....................................... 56

    VIHTAVUORI SMOKELESSLOADS FOR COWBOY ACTIONSHOOTING ............................... 56

    .38 Special ................................. 57

    .357 Magnum .......................... 57

    .44 S.&W. Special .................... 58

    .44 Remington Magnum ........ 58

    .45 Colt ..................................... 58

    NOTES ........................................ 59

    VIHTAVUORI DISTRIBUTORSLIST IN U.S ................................ 63

  • 4Preface

    The new Vihtavuori Reloading Guide 2/2002 for Centerfire Ammunition is an updated version ofthe previous Vihtavuori Reloading Guide 1/2002. The contents of this new issue 2/2002 has beenrevised with new loading data for:

    - Lapua's famous 200 gr D166 FMJBT bullet in cal. 7.62 x 54R,- cal. 7.5 x 55 GP31(7.5mm Swiss,- cal. 300 Remington Ultra Magnum,- cal. .38 LAPUA Super, Lapua's improved .38 Super Auto.

    All the loads in this guide are pressured according to the CIP method. The maximum loads givenin the tables are determined according to the CIP/SAAMI maximum pressure specifications,whichever is lower. The listed maximum loads must never be exceeded.

    Due to the differences in the cartridge components, individual weapons, shooting temperaturesetc. always start developing your load by using the starting load according to the loading data. If thereis no indication of the starting load, use 15 % lower charge than the listed maximum load as yourstarting load.

    The Vihtavuori powders are manufactured by Nexplo Vihtavuori Oy in Vihtavuori plant. Salesand marketing of reloading powders as well as customer service is carried out by Nammo Lapua Oy.Vihtavuori powders are distributed through Vihtavuori Distributors. The list of Distributors can befound at www.vihtavuori.fi /Distributors.html The contact information for customer service isgiven in the back of this guide.

    We wish you successful reloading with Vihtavuori powders.

    THIS NEW VIHTAVUORI RELOADING GUIDE 2/2002 REPLACESALL RIFLE AND HANDGUN RELOADING DATA PUBLISHED INPREVIOUS RELOADING GUIDES INCLUDING EDITIONS FROM 1stTO 7th. IN ORDER TO ENSURE THE HIGHEST POSSIBLE LEVEL OFSAFETY PREVIOUS GUIDES SHOULD NO LONGER BE USED.

  • 5N165: A very slow burning magnum propellant for usewith heavy bullets. Applications begin very heavy bulletsin the .30-06, and include the .338 Winchester Magnum.N170: Our slowest speed propellant and the slowestcanister reloading powder generally available from anymanufacturer.

    N500 seriesAdding nitroglyceriol to the traditional single base pow-der makes possible in addition to geometry and coating athird controlled variable of ballistic properties: energycontent. Vihtavuori calls powders which have nitroglycer-ol added (maximum 25 %) high energy NC-powders,which form N500 series.

    Adding nitroglycerol to the high energy N500 series isdone by impregnation. After that the grains are coatedwith a new type of chemical which results in very progres-sive burning characteristics.

    The composition of a typical high energy powder is asfollows:

    * nitrocellulose * nitroglycerol* coating agent * stabilizer* flame reducing agent * wear reducing agentGeometrically the powders in