Quantity powder choices


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Briggs
July 7, 2007, 05:26 PM
Gentlemen:

I am looking for suggestions for powders to cover a wide range of pistol calibers and a couple rifle calibers.

Specifically in pistol: 9mm, .38, .357, .40, .45ACP, .45LC.

Rifles: .45-70, and .223.

I have been out of reloading for many years, we used to use Unique and Bullseye for .45ACP back then.

I can go with 4 pistol powders, but I would like to keep the rifle powders to just two.

I shoot far more pistol than rifle, ipsc and idpa are where my primary interests lie. It has gotten ridiculously expensive to buy factory stuff, as you all know.

I am planning a bulk purchase for Monday and would be interested in your opinions.


Briggs

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Walkalong
July 7, 2007, 07:22 PM
W231, AA# 2, AA# 5, Universal Clays, True Blue, AA# 9

Luggernut
July 7, 2007, 09:03 PM
So far I like 231 for .45 ACP and Power Pistol for 9mm and .40S&W.

glockgod
July 7, 2007, 10:03 PM
I've had good results with IMR4198 in both 45-70 and .223. Use a good crimp on the 45-70 loads. Have got excellent accuracy with 69 HPBT Match in .223 with 4198

Snapping Twig
July 7, 2007, 10:23 PM
This is old school, but pistol with those calibers, I'd run with W231 and 2400.
Unique has a place there as well and I didn't choose Bullseye 'cause it runs dirty for me.

As a bonus, Unique and 2400 are listed in the Lyman's 46th edition Reloading Handbook for the 45/70.

IMR 3031 and 4198 look good as well for both the .223 and the 45/70.

So, you can use 231 for target loads as a fast pistol powder, Unique and 2400 for your larger or more powerful pistol rounds AND the 45/70.

You can use IMR 3031 and 4198 for both the .223 and the 45/70.

Briggs
July 8, 2007, 12:02 AM
Good stuff, guys.

Which powder for what caliber and why is really useful.

I am not familiar at all with some of these powders, I guess things change in 30 years.

Snapping Twig: I agree, Unique does have a place there, nice so see some things don't change.

Thank you all for taking the time to give your opinions, your answers are giving me more to look at before I place my order.


Briggs

jhansman
July 8, 2007, 12:56 AM
Briggs, don't overlook Hodgdon's Titegroup, especially for .38spl & .357mag. You won't get zombie killer loads from it, but if you're any kind of shot, you'll hit what you aim at. Great all around pistol powder.

Briggs
July 8, 2007, 02:11 AM
jhansman, I have read alot of good stuff about Titegroup, on this board and others. It's definitely on the list.

Besides the calibers you mentioned, the .40 guys seem to love it.

jhansman
July 8, 2007, 12:08 PM
Titegroup has the advantage of not being 'position sensitive' in bigger cases, so minimum loads in .357, .44, etc. still get an even burn. Should work for all your handguns.

ArchAngelCD
July 8, 2007, 01:37 PM
W231/HP-38 for .38 Sp, .45 ACP and light 9mm
HS-6 or WSF for 38 Super, 9mm and 40 S&W
Longshot for .357 Sig and 40 S&W
H1110/W296 for .357 Magnum and .44 Magnum (use Magnum primers)

H335 is a great powder for .223

The Bushmaster
July 8, 2007, 03:20 PM
9mmX19, .38 Special, short barreled .357 magnum and .45 ACP===W-231
.357 magnum long barreled===W-296 and 2400
.30-30 winchester===W-748
.30-06 Springfield===H4831SC

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