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jetsfan-24
January 15, 2011, 11:40 PM
i,m new 2 reloading so bear with me i,m loading 9mm-40s&w-45acp-10mm-38/357 what would b 2 good powders four them thanks

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vballdust
January 15, 2011, 11:50 PM
Hodgdon HP-38 could be used to load all of those. I have used it in the past on 9mm, .40s&w and .45acp with good results.

Good luck

GLOOB
January 16, 2011, 12:40 AM
My setup is:
Unique: .357, .45 ACP, and hot luger
HP-38: 9mm gen purpose and plinking loads, .45 plinking loads, softball .38 wadcutters. (I wouldn't recommend this for .357 or .40)
Auto Comp: all .40 loads, hot .45, and plan to use for 9mm mak and .380.

I don't shoot 10mm. But if you wanted just one powder, Unique can do all those other calibers pretty well.

steve4102
January 16, 2011, 01:07 AM
Ramshot Silhouette.
http://www.ramshot.com/powders/

joneb
January 16, 2011, 01:24 AM
Tell us about your .357 mag and 10mm needs. HP-38/W231 will work well for the others, as would AA#5 with the exception of maybe 38spl.
You can load all with one powder, but that reminds me of a fly/spin cast rod I once had, it did both poorly.

hancjamk
January 16, 2011, 10:14 AM
If I had a choice of only two powders. It would be Unique, for 9, 38, 40, 45. Although, 231/HP-38 are great powders and meter better... Unique, is arguably more versatile. and 2400 357 mag loads.

kfox
January 16, 2011, 12:02 PM
I don't load 38/357 but in dropping to only 2 powders I chose Power Pistol and Unique. I like Unique for softer loadings and Power Pistol for heavy 10mm loads. I know there are probably newer/better powders and I tried several others these are the 2 that I had the best luck with.

Walkalong
January 16, 2011, 12:37 PM
AA #5 & #9

Unique & 2400

N340 & N110

True Blue & Enforcer

W-231 & W-296

Universal & H-110

In no particular order, and I left out good ones. Lots of options.

In my mind, for those calibers, you need three, or four if you want to make light loads as well.

Redneck with a 40
January 16, 2011, 12:47 PM
For those calibers, I'd go Unique and 296 or AA #9.

buck460XVR
January 16, 2011, 12:49 PM
AA #5 & #9



In my mind, for those calibers, you need three, or four if you want to make light loads as well.



.......I agree with Walkalong. With any one of the calibers you list, two powders would be fine, but throwing 'em althogether, you are grasping a bit to get all around performance from just two. Trying to get true magnum velocities in the .357 really throws a wrench in the works. Using three powders my choices would be Unique, HP38/W231 and H110/W296.

bigtony
January 16, 2011, 01:03 PM
9mm/45acp/40/10mm HP-38

9mm/40s&w/45acp/10mm I've been trying AutoComp with really good success in 45. Haven't found the right combo in 9mm yet (its been really cold out to test more)

38/357 Universal

RhinoDefense
January 16, 2011, 01:11 PM
WSF for the 9/40/45.
#7 or #9 for the .357/10mm

The 10mm can use WSF with great results.

Wildbillz
January 16, 2011, 01:12 PM
Depending on your choise of bullets. I get by with the following, in order of preference.

Win 231
Unique
Bullseye
Win 296
AA #9

I also have a little bit of 2400 that is left over from my carbine days.

If I had to go down to two only? I would look at Win 231 & Unique. That would cover all of the calibers up into the Magnum range (limited to the Unique for Mag loading) and give you flexabilty through out the caliber range for bullet weight and composition (cast lead and jacked bullets). You could buy in bulk and save a bit on the powder, but I would still consider having a pound or two of somting around just for the higher velocity loads.

YMMV
WildBill

JoelSteinbach
January 16, 2011, 02:07 PM
Titegroup & AA#5 will be excellent for all but your most powerful rounds. I say this now but I have about 15 different handgun powders on my shelf from Bullseye to N110

ArchAngelCD
January 17, 2011, 05:29 AM
i,m new 2 reloading so bear with me i,m loading 9mm-40s&w-45acp-10mm-38/357 what would b 2 good powders four them thanks
If you're looking for 2 powders I would suggest using W231/HP-38 for the 9mm, 45 Auto and .38 Special For loading your 10mm, 40 S&W and .357 Magnum ammo give Longshot a try. You might like W231 better for the 40 S&W depending on what bullet you're using and what velocities your trying to achieve.

Your message is a little hard to read I'm guessing because I'm an old man and used to seeing whole words. Welcome to the forum...

ColtPythonElite
January 17, 2011, 05:33 AM
Unique and Power Pistol would be my choices.

jetsfan-24
January 17, 2011, 02:59 PM
archangelcd do u live close 2 somerset pa ?

Damon555
January 17, 2011, 04:14 PM
I actually do only use 2 powders for all of my handguns. Unique and H110.

Unique for bulk ammo loading and H110 for serious power.

GCBurner
January 17, 2011, 07:05 PM
Between Unique and Hodgdon Clays I can reload every pistol calibre I use from .32ACP to .45 Colt.

Clark
January 18, 2011, 04:09 PM
For me the optimum for 9mm is Power Pistol, the optimum for 40 and 10mm is 800X, and the optimum for 38 sp / 357 mag is H110.

They all will do fine with Unique, Bullseye, 3N37, AA#2, AA#5, .. or many other pistol powders.

mnhntr
January 18, 2011, 06:15 PM
To do all those different rounds with one or two powders I would say Tightgroup and or Unique.

ArchAngelCD
January 19, 2011, 06:16 AM
archangelcd do u live close 2 somerset pa ?
Sorry, I'm about 250 miles from Somerset PA. I'm in the Northeast of PA.

REL1203
January 19, 2011, 10:10 AM
I do all the same calibers you listed, and I only use 2. Unique and TiteGroup. I generally find they work great for everything I shoot. Both Unique and Titegroup are decently priced as well.

cheygriz
January 19, 2011, 01:00 PM
I use two pistol powders.

H110 for the magnums.

HS-6 for 9MM, .40, 10MM, .45, .38 Spec, etc.:)

RugerBob
January 19, 2011, 08:31 PM
Unique or 700x. Out of your list, all I load for is 38s and 45acp. And I use both powders.
If your lookin for load data , buy a load book.

Floppy_D
January 19, 2011, 08:34 PM
Unique and 2400 for me.

kludge
January 20, 2011, 05:04 PM
2400 and Universal (Universal is like Unique, except it meters well and burns clean :D )


If you want more economy, add No.2 or American Select for 9mm, .38SPL, .45ACP

REL1203
January 21, 2011, 12:22 AM
I posted earlier today (or yesterday) about using Unique and TiteGroup. Just tonight, i went to the range with new recipe loads for 40SW, 45ACP and 357. In the 45 and 357, the 2 different Unique recipes I was trying both blew away the 2 TG's recipes i was trying. the 40SW is the only one I was using Plated bullets (the other 2 were both XTPs), and for the 40, I only tried 1 recipes for each powder and they were VERY close. At this point, i am going to 100% endourse Unique as a must have powder. Makes me wonder if TG is better suited for 9mm or lighter only loads.

Hagen442
January 21, 2011, 12:22 PM
Clays & American Select for 45ACP,45Colt,38-357,40S&W,44Mag & 9MM.

birddog
January 21, 2011, 12:46 PM
I use Unique for .357, .45acp and .44 magnum and have, ever since I started reloading about 6 years ago.

Just got the new Lyman Handgun Reloading Manual. It's a great resource.

Damon555
January 21, 2011, 10:27 PM
There seems to be a common theme here. Unique......it isn't the cleanest, most powerful, newest, or most expensive. But it sure has a wide variety uses and works very well in most of them.

Based on almost every post in this thread I think we can all agree that jetsfan-24 needs one of these......(I recommend the big jug!)

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