Good General Purpose Powder For Pistols??


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Muttt
July 30, 2010, 09:02 PM
I shoot .357 Mag and .40 S&W. I was wondering what would be a good general purpose powder that would work well for both rounds?? I use my Hydroshocks or other factory ammo for carry ammo. So, I am only reloading for range/practice and am not really sweating accuracy or velocity all that much. As long as it is reasonably accurate and works well for both calibers, I'll be more than happy.

I already have one powder for use in my rifle rounds and another powder for use in my large magnum rifle rounds. I like to try to keep it down to three general powders. I'm trying to keep things simple and not have a bunch of different powders laying around.

Any reasonable input welcome.

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Runningman
July 30, 2010, 09:14 PM
Power Pistol works well in 40 S&W and good for decent mid range loads in the 357 Mag.

NCsmitty
July 30, 2010, 09:33 PM
HS6 and Longshot give good numbers for both calibers, whether they give accuracy will be up to the user to decide.



NCsmitty

Redneck with a 40
July 30, 2010, 09:36 PM
Unique and Universal for midrange loads in both calibers.

Buzzard
July 30, 2010, 09:46 PM
Unique, Universal, and good ol' A#5.

Hondo 60
July 30, 2010, 09:54 PM
Hodgdon lists data for titegroup & universal for .357 mag & 40s&w

bds
July 30, 2010, 09:56 PM
+1 for HS6 and I would add WSF. If you load other calibers like 38Spl/9mm/45ACP too, W231/HP38 is my "all-purpose" powder.

I am only reloading for range/practice and am not really sweating accuracy or velocity all that much. As long as it is reasonably accurate and works well for both calibers, I'll be more than happy.
W231/HP38 and HS6/WSF will all give you match grade accuracy.

ScratchnDent
July 30, 2010, 10:21 PM
Another vote for Unique.

ljnowell
July 30, 2010, 10:33 PM
unique, bullseye, and AA#2 would all work for plinking loads. You could also go with Power Pistol or AA#5 for a little more ooomph.

Larcus
July 30, 2010, 10:42 PM
Unique or W231 work for me.

giggitygiggity
July 30, 2010, 10:50 PM
I like Titegroup for pistol. So far I have used it in .40SW and .45ACP. It is cheap and produces good results.

redneckdan
July 30, 2010, 11:11 PM
Unique will work in everything from .22 hornet to .458 win mag. Obviously not to the peak of ballistics but good enough for range work. I prefer red dot.

Wireman134
July 30, 2010, 11:11 PM
Unique or W231 again

ArchAngelCD
July 31, 2010, 04:15 AM
For those 2 calibers you can use Unique, Universal, HS-6, AA#5, AA#7, Power Pistol, Longshot, WSF, True Blue and probably a few others in the same burn rate range.

Personally for loading the 40 S&W and .357 Magnum I would use Longshot with jacketed bullets and HS-6 with lead bullets.

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