What powder should I put on my Christmas list?


December 8, 2010, 05:20 PM
I have been reloading .357 for a while now, using Missouri Bullets’ Match 158 gr. SWC with Bullseye or Trailboss. I recently purchased a Springfield Armory 9mm XD (4” barrel) and I have a good supply of Missouri Bullets’ 115 grain Parabellum bullets. I know I could probably use Bullseye with them, but I’m open to trying a new powder if anyone has a suggestion. Thought it might make for a good “stocking stuffer!” (I mostly do range/target shooting.)


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December 8, 2010, 05:30 PM
Everyone except me uses WW-231 for lighter loads in all those calibers.

I'm so old I still use Unique for almost everything.

I think Bullseye is really not a great powder for 9mm, as it is really fast.
WW-231 is a little bit slower, and Unique is slower still.

Either will give a little longer duration slide impulse then Bullseye, which should help functioning to some degree without pounding the gun to death.


December 8, 2010, 06:34 PM
RCModel hit it right on the head!


December 8, 2010, 06:57 PM
9mm WST or WSF
Unique but it doesn't meter as well
I shoot a lot of 9's. WST for me

December 8, 2010, 07:04 PM
231 or Unique. I'm with rc and use Unique.

December 8, 2010, 08:37 PM
If you don't have any W-231 or Unique, buy one of them.

December 8, 2010, 08:38 PM
I've had pretty good results with HS6. Real nice metering.

Hondo 60
December 8, 2010, 08:51 PM
Titegroup does a nice job with .357 & 9mm

I also use it for .38 spl & (sometimes) 45 Colt.

AA5 would probably be alright too (my other 45 Colt powder)

December 8, 2010, 09:02 PM
9MM I like Win 231. Done them with Unique before.
357Mag and 38Spl hard to beat Unique.

I just did up some low end 38Spls using Win 231, Unique and Bullseye. Now all I have to do is test them out.


December 8, 2010, 09:30 PM
I mostly do range/target shooting.
As many posted, I think you'll find W231/HP38 very appropriate for your intended application of lead 9mm bullets.

As rc posted, I found Bullseye loads for 9mm produce snappier and firmer recoil than W231/HP38. I do like Bullseye load for 115 gr jacketed bullets at high range load data.

For plinking loads, I even find Promo/Red Dot with similar fast burn rate as Bullseye to be adequate for 9mm. I have tested Promo in 9/40/45 with good results, especially 4.0 gr for 200 gr LSWC 45ACP (produces surprisingly tight shot groups).

December 9, 2010, 10:09 AM
Unique, hands down, a good all around powder:)

December 9, 2010, 10:50 AM
Power pistol------4.8gr. to max 6.7gr. for 115 gr. bullet for 9MM

December 9, 2010, 12:54 PM
Unique in my .357 and .45colt maybe 12ga also(haven't tried it yet).

December 9, 2010, 10:54 PM
I like Power Pistol and HP 38 for 9mm.

But 2400 is my favorite for 357 and more recently for 45 Colt.




Sky King
December 10, 2010, 10:32 AM
231 or Universal, both are cleaner firing than bulleye or unique and both meter more consistant than unique.

December 11, 2010, 02:48 AM
9mm w/lead bullets
W231 and HS-6

9mm w/jacketed bullets
W231 and Longshot

December 11, 2010, 07:49 AM
I've used Unique forever, but have finally broke myself of that bad habit. It is a dirty powder and doesn't meter well.

My replacement in Power Pistol. It gives great velocities and is very clean burning. Second choice would be Universal.

December 11, 2010, 09:20 PM
Ask Santa for some Accurate No. 5. It's perfect for all your stated uses.

December 11, 2010, 10:04 PM
I asked my wife to have santa send me 1-8lb of Trail Boss and 1-8lb of Universal for loading mild mid range .38's. I already have 8lb of HP38 and 8lb of Unique.

December 11, 2010, 10:13 PM
Green Dot works great with light 9mm cast bullets.

December 11, 2010, 11:13 PM
Unique is a good choice for range or target shooting.

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