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My powder situation is a bit bleak.

I find myself with 2 pounds of 700x.

I handload .38 Special, 10mm, and .45 ACP using a Dillon 550.

Is 700x as bad at metering in progressive presses as I've been led to believe by online reading?

Thanks in advance-
 

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I've had good luck reloading 700x in a Dillon 550. The metering issue hasn't been a problem for me--

.38 Special: 3.1 gr 700X, 158 grain RNL, Federal primer, OAL: 1.450
6 shot average 720 FPS, extreme spread 28. Colt .357 with 6 inch bbl

.45 ACP: 4.0 of 700X . 200 grain LSWC, Federal Primer, OAL: 1.300
6 shot average: 754 FPS, extreme spread 30. S&W 625 with 5 inch bbl.

these days can't be picky with reloading components-- gotta make do with what you have and 700X is OK for .38 and .45 Don't know about 10mm --might need a slower burning powder for that one to perform well.
 

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I believe I gone as low as 3.6 grains with my Lee pro 1000 with consistency In 9mm with a 125 cast. I quit using it in progressive presses and 38 special. 4.5 grains is my powder in 45 acp with a 230 grain cast. 4.2 for 44 special cowboy load and a 200 grain cast. 4.9 in 45 colt with 200 grain cast. And of course 12/20 gauge target loads. I use to use about 8 lbs. a year but many of my matches have been cancelled. Oh, it works good with 40 S&W cast bullet as well.
 

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One of them gave me problems in my Lee powder measure. Don’t remember if it was 700X or 800X but I don’t use that Lee unit anymore.
 

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Hey everyone, thank you.

I have some 200 gr. LSWC in .45 to use- so that was really useful, CBodie.

Smkummer, sounds like you had good luck with 700x in wide range of calibers.
 

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My powder situation is a bit bleak.

I find myself with 2 pounds of 700x.

I handload .38 Special, 10mm, and .45 ACP using a Dillon 550.

Is 700x as bad at metering in progressive presses as I've been led to believe by online reading?

Thanks in advance-
700x is good stuff, as is 800x. It burns almost exactly like Bullseye and is useful in the same type of applications. It's good powder for the 38 special and 45 auto target loads. For 10mm it wouldn't be great for full power stuff but I'm sure you could find some mid-range loads for it that would work in your gun.

It's fairly bulky so it won't meter as well as Bullseye, but try it out in your press. My Dillon meters Trailboss well, so 700x would be a piece of cake. I'll bet you'll get decent consistency without a problem with 700x in terms of metering.
 

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I've got very good results with 700X using the following powder measures - old Herters, Redding and the one on my Dillon 650. 800X less so, but I've only used it in the Herters.
 

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IMR’s 700X is an outstanding fast burning powder. Terrific for most pistol calibers. Before it got priced out of my range compared to similar powders, 700X was my #1 go to powder.
 
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