No experience with AA5, but those look pretty good to me!
Yeah, I'm not sure if the first two were a function of the powder or the shooter, as they were the first two groups I shot. I considered re-doing those two loads and shooting them over, but decided it wouldn't be worth it, as I'm going with the higher loads anyway.The bottom 3 targets look really good, along with your 50f weather.
With the "score whatever you can" availability of powder, I have been using 2400 for snub and four inch .38 revolver loads. It actually works better than I anticipated, seems to get a complete burn with magnum primers and accuracy is good. Not long ago I acquired some Ramshot ZIP powder. Will try it soon.If I run across some AA5 I certainly wouldn’t pass it up….
Dad used to use Green Dot way back when. I've never used Red Dot, but your description gave me the perfect visual!Yep AA powder in rather "fine".....but it sure meters better than RED DOT by a far margin. Running RED DOT thru a lil' dandy or a LEE auto disc is probably like throwing a cinder block into a wood chipper and feeling/listening to all the chewing, cutting, hitching, and grinding....
That's my intent, but I think I am going to run a batch at 5.6 and at 5.7, just to see if the bite is worth the bark. In the end, I'll probably settle for the 5.5, as this will be intended for a lighter snub than my 26 ounce Windicator. Shooting these .38 loads is not much different than wadcutters in an all-steel snubby.The only issue I've ever had with AA5, or any of their powders, is the granules are so small that a bar style powder measure gets messy. On a 550 it was an aggravation, on my 1050 it would be a real pita. 5.8 is listed as maximum for a 158 jhp, plated usually are close. With Magnum Primers I'd go with the heavier load that's the most accurate, which looks like the 5.5.
RED DOT is one heck of a fine powder for the 38......won several matches with that. Miserly and accurate.Dad used to use Green Dot way back when. I've never used Red Dot, but your description gave me the perfect visual!