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Old 09-30-2010, 05:01 PM
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WST powder




I was able to buy a pound of wst. I loaded a few at 4.4, 4.5, 4.6, and 4.7 with a oAL of 1.223 using a 200 gr Missouri bullet 4-XD bullet.

The 4.6 seemed to have the best group. I was shooting at 25 yrds.

The recoil was mild and the cases were pretty clean. I have been using Unique powder.

I will try a few at 4.8, 4.9, and 5.0.

Overall, I am impressed with the powder, it measures much better than the Unique.

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Old 09-30-2010, 05:10 PM
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I use WST in my 45 ACP's for 180 to 230 g bullets. Lead and FMJ. 4.9g works great for me. That is good because as a former 4 guage skeet shooter I still have about 6 lbs!

Now starting to work on a WST 10mm load.
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Old 09-30-2010, 05:19 PM
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I starting using WST when I couldn't get W231 and found I liked it quite a bit.

A charge of 5.0 grains under a Mastercast 225gr LSWC is doing very well for me. WST is also easier to find consistently at my local shops.
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Old 09-30-2010, 05:40 PM
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4.9 WST with a 200gn swc bullet. It has been very accurate for me.
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Old 10-02-2010, 07:00 PM
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WST is a great powder for 45 ACP, light 40 S&W and 38 Special. I also use it in 32 S&W Long.
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Old 10-02-2010, 08:03 PM
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I tried 6 different powders in my big 45 ACP comparo and WST gave the most accurate load in 3 different guns. Not by much, in some cases, but it was always the best.
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Old 10-02-2010, 08:12 PM
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Like Tony T said when we where singing the praises of WSF, WST for light loads and WSF for the more powerful ones. Both give excellent accuracy when used correctly.
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Old 10-02-2010, 10:10 PM
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Thus far I've only used it in 9mm, and it worked fine.
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Old 10-03-2010, 10:42 AM
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IMHO WST is one of the best for light target loads in the 45 Auto. I have used it to load top notch accuracy loads with jacketed, cast, and swaged bullets. I highly recommend it for such use.
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Old 10-03-2010, 09:48 PM
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WST works for me, some accurate loads, but my main 45 ACP powder is 231.
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Old 10-03-2010, 10:24 PM
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I just started to run a Bear Creek 200g RNHB, with 4.8 WST at 1.25 through my Kimber Eclipse Pro II. Still need to chrono but have little worry that it would make PF for IDPA CDP with room to spare.
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Old 10-04-2010, 02:10 PM
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WST is my powder of choice. My load is 4.3 gr WST with the 200gr SWC for my 45 ACP. If you do more digging, a lot of bullseye shooters use a very similar load.

I use this powder also in my 38 super & 38 special as well.

WST is a very uniform and consistent. It flows well in my Dillon's. All of my target loads are loaded with it.

If you prefer high velocity loads, try WSF.

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Old 10-04-2010, 02:57 PM
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4.9 WST 200 LSWC style 68 ( Penn bullet) OAL 1.250. Gives me approx 840fps out of 4 different 5" 1911s. I have loaded thousands of these.
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Old 10-04-2010, 09:38 PM
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I was able to shoot 4.8, 4.9, and 5.0 loads today. I had the best group with the 4.9.
I didn't notice much difference in recoil but I did notice that with the WST my brass stays in a 4' dia circle rather than 12' behind me as with the Unique powder. The gun is a full size SA GI.

I loaded 50 more tonight at 4.9.
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Old 10-05-2010, 03:06 AM
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4.9 WST 200 LSWC style 68 ( Penn bullet) OAL 1.250. Gives me approx 840fps out of 4 different 5" 1911s. I have loaded thousands of these.
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I was able to shoot 4.8, 4.9, and 5.0 loads today. I had the best group with the 4.9.
I didn't notice much difference in recoil but I did notice that with the WST my brass stays in a 4' dia circle rather than 12' behind me as with the Unique powder. The gun is a full size SA GI.

I loaded 50 more tonight at 4.9.
Might have to bump my load a little more before taking the time to Chrono.

I'll load some at 4.9 and 5.0 as well, post the results. Need to make 860ish FPS out of my 4.25 inch Kimber Eclipse Pro II in order to be IDPA legal (with 5% cushion) for CDP.
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Old 10-10-2010, 09:36 AM
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My standard load is 4.7gr WST over a 200 SWC (H&G 68 style) from Black Bullet Intl. Chrono'd last weekend averaged ~870fps. Light recoil, smells good, and is pretty clean.
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Old 10-10-2010, 10:09 AM
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WST is reverse temp. sensitive. I use 4.8 in the winter and 4.9 in the summer. This is in a 45 acp, oal 1.255" with a H&G 68 200 gr. lead bullet. I have been using WST for many years and before they reduced the power factor in USPSA I used 5.1 gr. That {5.1} is or used to be max load in the books, so work up slow and check for signs.
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Old 10-13-2010, 01:55 PM
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I have been loading precision bullets 200gr rnf .45 at 1.21 oal using 4.7gr of wst with winchester large primers. Man is it dirty. Do you guys and gals think bumping to 4.8 or 4.9 gr will clean it up? I switched from bullseye in an attempt to get a cleaner load.

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Old 10-13-2010, 05:16 PM
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I guess you need to define "dirty". Shooting lead or moly (which I think is what you're shooting) is going to be dirtier than shooting FMJ's or plated rounds.

I use Clays for my .45 load, which IMO is as clean as it gets with moly or lead bullets.

I do use WST, but primarily for .40 loads. 4.7 grs of WST with 170 gr Precision moly-coated RNF bullets. Based on some video, it's smokier than my .45 Clays load, but I don't really notice it after the buzzer goes off unless shooting directly into the sun. What little residue it leaves cleans up easy enough.

Will going to 4.8 or 4.9 help? Who knows. Give it a try. You're still below the recommended max load.
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Old 10-13-2010, 07:39 PM
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I guess you need to define "dirty". Shooting lead or moly (which I think is what you're shooting) is going to be dirtier than shooting FMJ's or plated rounds.

I use Clays for my .45 load, which IMO is as clean as it gets with moly or lead bullets.

I do use WST, but primarily for .40 loads. 4.7 grs of WST with 170 gr Precision moly-coated RNF bullets. Based on some video, it's smokier than my .45 Clays load, but I don't really notice it after the buzzer goes off unless shooting directly into the sun. What little residue it leaves cleans up easy enough.

Will going to 4.8 or 4.9 help? Who knows. Give it a try. You're still below the recommended max load.
Thanks for your input. Yes, precision bullets are moly which I know are not as clean as FMJ. Maybe I'm expecting too much from a moly round.

I will try upping the charge a bit for the remaining Moly bullets I have around. I'm going to give precision delta bullets a try in FMJ.
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