What are the 3 most popular pistol powders?


November 4, 2008, 08:43 AM
I am planning on making a GP purchase and was thinking I might order some extra and sell it locally just to cover the hazmat fee. I don't personally know anyone local who reloads to split cost with so it makes me wonder what powders would be easiest to sell in a 4lb container format?

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November 4, 2008, 08:58 AM
For me it is HS6, 231 and Red Dot.

November 4, 2008, 09:16 AM
titegroup, bullseye, unique are all very popular. It seems almost everybody uses at least one of these.

November 4, 2008, 09:54 AM
w231, bullseye, 2400.

What is a GP purchase? Good purchase?

November 4, 2008, 09:56 AM
W-231, AA # 5, Unique, & Bullseye are very popular choices. It would be interesting to see a list of the top sellors.

November 4, 2008, 10:26 AM
Given the range of popular pistol cartridges and the wide range of applications for using them, and GP aside, what ever that is, the question has no validity as it's stated.

November 4, 2008, 10:34 AM
No validity? If there were a million different powders available, there would always be a top 3 most popular. Seems like a simple question to me.... I don't know the answer, but still a simple question.

November 4, 2008, 11:00 AM
It is just hard to give an answer without knowing the sales figures from all the powder companies.

I like Bullseye, Unique, and 2400, and could live happily if nothing else were made.

The next typer to come along will like 700x, 231, and H-110.

Then along comes the Titegroup, Power Pistol, and H4227 crowd.

I do not believe you can get a consensus on the top three powders.
(if you ask more then one person.)

The Bushmaster
November 4, 2008, 11:05 AM
I'm "The next typer"...:evil:

There is no "most popular" handgun powder. individuals have their favorite, but it won't match mine. Nor will it match yours. Just too many calibers, styles of handguns not to mention one handgun and it's brother may not like the same powder.

With that said...Considering my semi-autos and revolvers...My favorite powders are W-231 for my autos and revolvers. AA #7 for one of my autos. WSF for another of my autos. 2400 for one of my magnum revolvers and W-296 for one of the other magnum revolvers.

Then we get into Rifles.......GET THE POINT??:D

November 4, 2008, 11:21 AM
Ditto on Bullseye, Unique, and 2400. For handguns that's all I'll ever need.

November 4, 2008, 12:26 PM
W-231 is reputed to being Winchesters best selling powder. I figure it up near the top.

November 4, 2008, 01:04 PM
Titegroup, Unique, WSF, Abd H110 for magnums

November 4, 2008, 02:52 PM
I guess I was hoping for some sales figures as to the general publics favorites but I still got some pretty good idea from you guys. Thanks!

highlander 5
November 4, 2008, 05:13 PM
231,Unique and 296

November 4, 2008, 06:45 PM
I have these lying around:
Red Dot
Herter's 164 = Nobel 64
Power Pistol
HS-6 = W540= True Blue [HS7 = W571]
Blue Dot
Long Shot
Enforcer = AA#9 =H108 = WC820
H110 = W296

I use Power Pistol for hot loads in:
25acp, 32acp, 30 Mauser, 7.62x25mm Tokarev, .380, 9x19mm, 9x23mm, and 45acp.

I use Unique in wimpy loads for for weak old guns in 32 S&W, 38 S&W, and 45 Colt.

I use Blue Dot for reduced loads for rodents in 19 Badger and .223 Rem.

I use 800X for atomic loads in 32 S&W Long, 380, 40 S&W, and 10mm.

I use H110/W296 or LIL'GUN for hot loads in 32 S&W Long, 38 Special, 357 mag, 45acp auto rim, and 45 Colt.

In 9x19 I have tried every bullet and every powder I have in work ups until brass failure to see what happens and record it.
In 44 mag, I have only shot 24 gr H110 240 gr JHP for 12 years without variation.
Sometimes you find what you like faster:)

November 4, 2008, 08:56 PM
I think I've always had Unique and Bullseye... for nearly 40 years.... those two for sure, and almost always some Blue Dot. I've used other powders, liked most of them, but those three have a permanent home on my loading bench.

November 4, 2008, 09:19 PM
Seems to me you need a licence to sell powder.
"...hoping for some sales figures..." I doubt many retailers would release that kind of info to somebody on the Internet.
Bullseye and Unique for sure.

November 4, 2008, 09:26 PM
i don't know what is the overall most popular, but my favorites are bullseye, power pistol, and unique.

November 4, 2008, 09:52 PM


231 (HP38)

(seems to be the cat's meow for 1911 45acp high volume target shooters now days........myself included)

Power Pistol

Marlin 45 carbine
November 4, 2008, 10:14 PM
Bullseye with cast slugs up to .45acp and Power Pistol for jacketed .380 and above until .45 cal and above.
barrel length facors in of course as does slug weight.

November 4, 2008, 10:27 PM
Bullseye, Unique and 2400

November 4, 2008, 10:34 PM
For me it's 231, Clays & Power Pistol.
I also use TightGroup, Bullseye & Unique.

November 5, 2008, 02:21 AM
In my case W231, W296 and HS-6...

November 5, 2008, 03:08 AM
If I had to guess the top three selling pistol powders, I'd say Unique, Bullseye, and W231.

Ironically, the only one on my reloading shelf is Unique, and it's a pretty old can ($11.99 ??) which won't be replaced when empty.

November 5, 2008, 08:15 PM
I like Bullseye, Unique, and 2400, however for near max loads I like H110. The first three will always be good powders in almost any reloading pinch.

November 5, 2008, 08:29 PM
Bullseye, Unique and 2400

Yep +1
There is such a wide range of calibres and loadings covered with those 3 powders.

Bullseye for light/target loads.

Unique for midway loads/calibres.

2400 for magnum loads/calibres.

Also I would add Red Dot as another popular powder, not just for pistol loadings, but also very popular for target shotshell loading.

XD-40 Shooter
November 5, 2008, 11:16 PM
I agree with the Alliant trio...Unique, Bullseye, and 2400, that will load just about every pistol caliber and give good performance.:)

November 6, 2008, 05:33 AM




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