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Posted: 5/12/2004 6:59:13 AM EDT
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 6:59:44 AM EDT
Link Posted: 5/12/2004 7:07:06 AM EDT
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 7:08:42 AM EDT
Any one have any recipes for succesful tracing?


Link Posted: 5/12/2004 7:11:17 AM EDT
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 7:15:55 AM EDT
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 7:19:32 AM EDT
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 8:55:22 AM EDT
Link Posted: 5/12/2004 9:18:26 AM EDT
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 9:20:37 AM EDT
For tracers to reload check out
Link Posted: 5/12/2004 9:49:14 AM EDT
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 9:56:49 AM EDT

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 9:56:58 AM EDT
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