What is the best 9mm powder you have used?


June 18, 2003, 10:00 PM
Looking for the best, all-around powder for 9mm reloading from those that know ... leave your opinion!

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Neal Bloom
June 18, 2003, 11:23 PM
I have been using Power Pistol for a couple of years. Meters well and burns clean. Have yet to try Universal in 9mm. AA7 was good also.

Mike Irwin
June 19, 2003, 01:00 AM
A powder that's not on your list.

WW 231.

But I haven't reloaded 9mm in years. It's simply not worth the hassle given how cheap the ammo is these days.

June 19, 2003, 01:12 AM
For IDPA loads I use surplus #102 from Jeff Bartlett. Which is AA #2 improved. For the serious stuff I am restrained from mentioning them here.

June 19, 2003, 08:18 AM
I use two powders not on your list. For 124/125 grain bullets I use Hodgens HS-6. For 115 grain bullets, V-V 3N37. My pistol is a Taurus PT-99 in SS with a heavier than std recoil spring from Wolff. I've used Unique, AA-5, and AA-7 but settled on HS-6 and 3N37.

Zak Smith
June 19, 2003, 08:27 AM
Cheap, accurate, good results, a little dirty: Titegroup.

Expensive, clean: VV-N320

Full-house: VV-3N37


June 19, 2003, 10:00 AM
You don't have 700X up there. That is my favorite. Quantrill

June 19, 2003, 11:52 AM
Different powders for different purposes.

For maximum velocities: Alliant Power Pistol, Vihtavuori 3N37

For general purpose / medium velocities: VV N340, Hodgedon Universal Clays

For light plinking loads: VV N320

Winchester Action Pistol is also a great powder that works for medium and high velocity 9 mm loads, although it was sadly discontinued a while back. Supposedly, Ramshot Silhouette is the same powder...

June 19, 2003, 12:27 PM
In years past I had very good results with Blue Dot, AA5 and WW231.

June 19, 2003, 12:42 PM
VV N320

June 19, 2003, 04:10 PM
Winchester Superfield:
115gr 5.4gr 1160fps 4" 1190fps 5" SD=7

124gr 4.9gr 1120fps 5"

147gr 4.4gr 990fps 5"

These are standard velocity loads, 5-7% below max.

Used by number of commercial loaders for factory new ammo, used for match purposes. Very cost effective too !

edited 06/20/03:
Look down at Mikul's post. I shoot that load for practice. Very good load, best I've found for cast bullet in 9mm. I too have found pressure "problems" with Bullseye and Win231 in 9mm.

June 19, 2003, 07:37 PM
I need an "Other" option, HS6 and Win 231/HP38 have worked best for me.

June 19, 2003, 09:01 PM
Winchester Super-Field (WSF) is my choice. It's a little slower than 231 which was giving me long-term pressure problems with my brass (around the 5th loading). I load to 4.5gr under a 125gr LRN.

My more interesting projects involve VV 3N37.

June 22, 2003, 07:58 AM

June 22, 2003, 11:25 AM
Super-field if you need to step on out with the velocities, Longshot is fun too as is Blue Dot.

My favorite is regular old Clays though, tiny charge weight and decent velocity not to mention nothing cleaner exists. For practice and range ammo I cannot see a reason to load anything else.

June 22, 2003, 03:45 PM
I have experimented with overloads to see how much power I can get from 9x19mm 1.169" 115, 124, 130, 147, and 158 gr bullets, and the winner is Power Pistol.

The loosers were:

Blue Dot
Long Shot
H110 = W296

I also have experimented in other calibers with these powders, and I KNOW they don't have a chance against Power Pistol in 9mm:

Red Dot

There may not be enough room in the case for Power Pistol to win at 95 gr, and the densest-fastest powders: AA#5, HS-6, or 3N37 may present a challange. I just have not done enough with the ultra light bullets to know.

June 22, 2003, 10:46 PM
AA#2 with 115 grain fmj's is all I shoot at this time. Inexpensive, low charge weight, and fairly clean.

June 28, 2003, 03:38 PM

July 5, 2003, 12:25 PM
Power Pistol

Take yer pick; yer gun, right?

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