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DelcoDave
August 10, 2010, 11:47 AM
As of right now I have been using only Alliant Brand Powders. I wanted to know if anyone knows of an equivalent powder that is similar to the burn characteristics of Alliant's Bullseye. Right now I use bullesye for 38 9mm and 45.

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oneounceload
August 10, 2010, 11:58 AM
Here's a chart:

http://www.reloadbench.com/burn.html

As always, use PUBLISHED data, not guesses

loadedround
August 10, 2010, 02:06 PM
W-W 231 or HP38 are the most common equivlalent powders to Bullsye. Their loading weights are not the same, so check a good reloading manual.

bds
August 10, 2010, 04:11 PM
For me, this is how I use burn rate for pistol powders (38Spl, 9mm, 40S&W, 45ACP):

Fast:
Bullseye/Promo(Red Dot) - Used primarily for short barreled pistol, snappy firm recoil

Medium:
W231/HP38/Green Dot - Used for short/medium barreled pistol, mild/moderate less snappy recoil

Slow:
WSF/HS6 - Used for 5" 1911 and service pistols, moderate "push" recoil

kludge
August 10, 2010, 04:14 PM
No.2, American Select

hancjamk
August 12, 2010, 11:16 AM
W231 is excellent, but can't find any... I think Winchester is using it all to fill DHS 200 million round 40 caliber order... Just speculation...lol. I fall back to Alliant Unique. I get very good groups and unique is made cleaner burning than in the past...

Kernel
August 12, 2010, 12:09 PM
If you can't fin W231, try Hodgdon's HP-38. So close, you'd think they were the same powder. ;)

noylj
August 12, 2010, 03:38 PM
2. Vihta Vuori N310
3. Hodgdon Titewad
4. Accurate Nitro 100
5. Alliant Bullseye
6. Accurate Solo 1000
7. Scot Red Diamond
8. Alliant Red Dot
9. Alliant Promo
10. Hodgdon Titegroup
11. Accurate No. 2

larryw
August 12, 2010, 05:48 PM
WST is a good substitute. Meters well, versatile and clean burning.

ljnowell
August 12, 2010, 08:40 PM
Accurate Arms #2 is a terrific powder to be used in applications that you would utilize bullseye. You will not have any metering problems with AA#2, as it is a ball powder, and very fine. I had long heard people talk about metering like water but I hadnt seen it before, until I used AA#2. I use it in 45acp, 45colt, 9x19, and 357/38. Its also cheap.

Walkalong
August 12, 2010, 09:04 PM
AA #2 is great stuff, but not nearly as fast as Bullseye IMHO.

noylj's list is pretty good though.

ljnowell
August 13, 2010, 12:26 AM
AA #2 is great stuff, but not nearly as fast as Bullseye IMHO.
I made the recomendation based upon application. Similar application, velocities, even charge weights many times. That and the fact that it meters so well.

Walkalong
August 13, 2010, 08:20 AM
Certainly can't argue with the recommendation. :)

wrangler5
August 14, 2010, 01:51 AM
I've used Accurate powders for years, and agree that #2 is one of the best metering powders out there. I have recently switched to Titegroup (which meters just as well) because I found that #2 tends to leak a bit from my Lee disk powder measures whereas the Titegroup doesn't. It's nice not to have to clean up stray powder after a reloading session.

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