Tightgroup powder


September 25, 2011, 02:14 PM
I wonder what guys think about tightgroup for pistol reloading?
I use clays in my 45 acp and 38 Sp. but for the 41 mag: ruger blackhawk it is not the best powder choice;I was thinking in trying tightgroup for the 41 Mag: and from what I read it also not a bad powder for the 38 @ 45 acp

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September 25, 2011, 02:22 PM
Titegroup might work fine for light .41 Mag loads.
But you can't get anywhere near .41 Magnum performance out of it if that's what you want.

It will also work fine in .38 Spl. & .45 ACP.


September 25, 2011, 02:31 PM
I will only recommend Tightgroup powder as well as Clays for low pressure calibers only, such as 38 Spl. and 45acp.

I do this because Tightgroup has blown up more than a few 500 S&W Magnum handguns with published load data. For magnum pistol calibers such as 357, 41, and 44 Magnums, I'd use a magnum powder such as 2400, AA #9, Accurate 4100, etc,....

September 25, 2011, 02:37 PM
Well, Titegroup is a very popular powder for match shooting from 9mm to 45ACP, including the high pressure 40S&W.

But it has very narrow load range and I would not recommend a new reloader to start out with it - I would recommend W231/HP-38 instead due to wider load range.

BTW, I have seen several blown up match pistols due to Titegroup ... :rolleyes:

So, use with caution and carefully conduct your work up.

September 25, 2011, 06:59 PM
I use Titegroup for .38spl and .45acp and I really like the stuff. But as mentioned before there isnt alot of room to play with it so you have to be careful. I tried Titegroup for 9mm and I had unburnt powder and what did ignite left a hell of a mess. But .38 and .45 I havent had that problem at all.

evan price
September 26, 2011, 05:53 AM
I use Titegroup for everything from 454 Casull all the way down to 32 S&W. Works fine within its specific quirks and parameters. It likes to be loaded hot, it will not do full Magnum velocities, and it will scorch the brass and burn the bases of cast boolits.

That said, it is outstanding in 38 specials, 45 auto, 9mm, 357 mag, 44 mag, for target ammo, 1200 fps and slower.

If you want real Magnum loads you need a slower powder. I would look to Accurate #9, 2400, etc.

September 26, 2011, 02:18 PM
Not a fan, but some people like it. There are many more forgiving powders to choose from that work just as well, IMHO.

September 26, 2011, 03:08 PM
For years I have never liked TG, never found anything that worked well for it. Only recently did i finally find a use for the last 1lb i bought. 9mm, 147g Berry RN under 3.5g of TG is a hell of a round that just makes me get PF for IDPA. I will probably never use it for anything else besides this one round.

Hondo 60
September 26, 2011, 10:55 PM
I use pounds of it per year.

It's a perfect powder for non-magnum handgun calibers
Works in 38 spl, 45 Colt, 45 ACP. 9mm

Not so great - but still works - in 357 magnum.
A max load will only get you about 1050 fps or so.
Which is kinda slow for a 357 mag.

September 27, 2011, 07:44 PM
I use it for 9mm w/ 124gr JHP for IDPA minor power factor. Works great for me.

Zak Smith
September 27, 2011, 08:37 PM
I've loaded a bazillion .45ACP, .40SW, 9x19, and .44RM rounds with TG with no problems whatsoever.

Frank V
September 28, 2011, 12:47 PM
I really like Titegroup, it was recommended to me by Bob Munden about 3 years ago. I use it in the .45 Colt & .44-40, & .38 Special with great results. It's not for top velocities, but in midrange loads it really shines. It gives accurate & clean burning loads.

September 28, 2011, 12:52 PM
I use tightgroup for 45acp 38 spl and +p loads, light 357 mag and 44 mag. I think it is a super versatile powder and have had good results with it. The only powder I like better for 45 is Accurate.#5

September 28, 2011, 01:40 PM
This is another one of those instances where a reloader has the option to use a fast burning powder in a magnum pistol cartridge. While it is possible to do it, I really wouldn't recommend it unless the intent is to have some light, plinking reloads. They can be fun to get your significant other, kids, etc. into shooting by firing your big bore revolver.

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