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Posted: 5/12/2004 5:59:13 AM EST
Hey guys,

I posted the question a while back, but I can’t find it now. I have been trying to get a tracer load to work for a while now. I have tried the following powders, all near the max load:
AA2230, IMR 4895, IMR 3031. Last night I tried IMR 4895 and still am not having any luck getting these things to light. Am I not going to see a trace at 100Yds? I tried shooting them in my 20” bushmaster and my Bushmaster M4gry. No luck seeing traces from either rifle. I have probably fired over 100 of my loaded tracers with various loads and have not seen one trace yet. The longest range I have access to is 100Yds. I have one more type of powder to try, Win 748 so we’ll see what happens.

Any insight would be great.

Link Posted: 5/12/2004 5:59:44 AM EST
Link Posted: 5/12/2004 6:07:06 AM EST
You should see trace at 100 yards. It's just getting cooking though. I have several incendary tracers I fire on a regular basis. They start cooking then explode on the 8" plate. Pretty cool.
Link Posted: 5/12/2004 6:08:42 AM EST
Any one have any recipes for succesful tracing?


Link Posted: 5/12/2004 6:11:17 AM EST
[Last Edit: 5/12/2004 6:15:36 AM EST by oubeta]
Powder Manufacture : IMR
Powder Type : 4064
Powder Weight (Grains) : 25.5

Winchester Primer

What kind of tracers are you using. FMJ's

I don't think they have to be loaded to max spec to set them off. This is a pretty weak load.
Link Posted: 5/12/2004 6:15:55 AM EST
Also dig the crap out of the back of the tracer bullet before loading, scratch it up a little at least... it should work.
Link Posted: 5/12/2004 6:19:32 AM EST
Who has deals on tracers now? Can you buy the bullet anywhere? I bought about 2k SS-109's bullets only at a local gunshow. It the linked way the best way to go?
Link Posted: 5/12/2004 7:55:22 AM EST
Link Posted: 5/12/2004 8:18:26 AM EST
You also might just be seeing the tracer start to fire at 100 yards, I shoot lots of tracers that I reload and they get quite a ways out there before you can see the trace.

Also the 1 in 9 will stabilize them fine, it's just not quite as accurate. I shoot them out of a 1 in 8 and 1 in 9 DPMS and they are equally accurate.

One more problem is make sure the tracers still have their "pellet" of tracer material in the bullet. Some dumbass was selling a sack of 500 tracer .223's at the last show for some exhorbitant price. The only problem; only about 5% of the bullets actually still had the pellet. he got all pissy when I pointed out to him that he was basically selling 55 gr bullets and not really tracers.

Link Posted: 5/12/2004 8:20:37 AM EST
For tracers to reload check out
Link Posted: 5/12/2004 8:49:14 AM EST
IMR 4064 reliably lights my .223 and .308 tracers.

I buy the bullets from theammunitionstore, usually at the fun show, but you can get them online.

It is very difficult to see a tracer at 100yds in the daytime. NIghtime, you should see them for an instant at 75 yds.

I just load them to slightly less than mag length, and use a grainage in the middle of the max/min for that bullet weight.

748 did not light my .223 tracers more than 2 in 10


Link Posted: 5/12/2004 8:56:49 AM EST

Originally Posted By 89hawk:
For tracers to reload check out

These guys are a rip off!! Don't buy from thieves.

IIDBS price $75.00 for 500
Pats Reloading $21.95 for 500

Pat's Reloading

I've done business with Pat's for a while now and have NEVER been disappointed. Tracers light right up almost immediately. If you have a question about them ask him when you call, he is upfront and honest as far as I can tell. A good place for all reloading components....'cept SR primers, he doesnt have any last time I checked.
Link Posted: 5/12/2004 8:56:58 AM EST
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