Looking for AL-8 Data For Handgun Loading

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Found and old can of AL-8 powder and would like to load it up into 38/357 or 44mag. If you happen to have an old book or published papers showing data, please let me know. I have done the same with AL-7 and used up 2 cans of it in 38 special. Hoping to do the same with this can of AL-8.

Looking for any data for 158gr SWC in 38, or any data for 200gr or 240 gr SWC in 44mag.
 
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Lots of data for the Alcan powders in the older manuals. I don't believe that I ever saw an Alcan specific data book. Used Alcan for shotgun in the 1960's. If you list the bullet weight and type and caliber I'm sure data will appear here. Speer #9 covered Alcan well in their data pages.

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Speer #8 - 1970

.38 Special - Speer/DWM cases, CCI 500
158-gr. SWC or RN - 9.0 to 10.0 - 1007 to 1136 fps
110-gr. JHP - 11.0 to 13.0 - 1160 to 1359
146-gr. Speer HP - 8.0 to 10.0 - 867 to 1079
160-gr. Speer SP - 8.0 to 10.0 - 900 to 1089


.357 Magnum - Speer cases, CCI 500
158-gr. LSWC or LRN - 12.0 to 13.0 - 1203 to 1307 fps
110-gr. JHP - 15.0 to 16.0 - 1268 to 1338
125-gr. Speer SP - 14.0 to 16.0 - 1273 to 1406
140-gr. Speer HP - 14.0 to 15.0 - 1312 to 1369
146-gr. Speer HP - 12.0 to 14.0 - 1230 to 1440
160-gr. Speer SP - 11.0 to 13.0 - 1102 to 1288


.357 Magnum - 2.5" Barrel
110-gr. JHP - 16.0 - 1246 fps
125-gr. Speer SP - 16.0 - 1234
146-gr. Speer HP - 14.0 - 1241
160-gr. Speer SP - 13.0 - 1135
 

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The above posted data is from Speer #8 as noted. Number #8 has some very hot loads listed which were tamed down in Speer #9.
I tried many loads from #8 and learned to check other sources and start very low.
AL-8 is very close to Hercules Blue dot a magnum powder. I won't use BD for 38 special as it is not optimum for that round. Stick to .357's and 44 magnums and AL-8 should work ok. Be careful.
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