The time after hunting season is "reloading season" for me. Its a good indoor activity for those long winter days. I had picked up a couple of pounds of Vihtavuori N560 smokeless powder a year or two ago. It was not a powder I loaded with but it worked into a swap deal I had and the price was right. I thought I could probably pass it along, but I've tried swapping it and selling it, but there is just no local interest.
I finally did a little internet digging and found that it could be used in 30-06 with 180 grain bullets. The Load data was for Barnes 180 grain bullets with loads from 53 min to 59 max. I didn't have Barnes projectiles so I loaded Hornady 180 grain Spire points starting at 52.5 grains and working up to 57.
I shot a few of each and found that my groups started at about 3 inches at 100 yards, shrunk to about 1 inch at 55 grains then began to spread again. I was shooting with the rifle leaning against a tree to help steady it but by no means off a bench and bags. I'd expect tighter groups with a proper bench and bags but it was just too cold to be out there that long. It was about 15F when I was shooting, so that was enough load development for me.
I spent most of yesterday loading up the remaining projectiles from 2 boxes of the Hornadys. That should keep me in 30-06 for quite awhile and I was happy to find a use for something that had been taking up room on the reloading bench.
So - if you guys happen to stumble on Vihtavuori N560 at a reasonable price, don't hesitate to grab it!