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Waywatcher
January 3, 2012, 09:52 PM
In a response to Mr. Eick's very helpful thread, I thought we should have one specifically where people list their favorite powders and favorite uses. I'll start:

Trail Boss: I load this to its "max" in .38 special, which duplicates factory ballistics with 158 lead. It gives 100% case fill, which is a miracle in .38 special, and is extremely clean burning. It also meters well.

2400: I like this powder for .357 magnums; it doesn't need special primers, and it doesn't need to be loaded near the max all the time. It also meters well and burns clean enough for me. The boom and flash are very satisfying.

Benchmark I like this powder in .223 with 55 grain Nosler Ballistic Tips. It gives very good groups in my AR, is very good metering (the kernels are exactly half the size/length of a Varget kernel), and it is not temperature sensitive. It also does not need compression for powerful/max loads.

Those are currently the only 3 with a "permanent" place on my bench. How about you?

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rfwobbly
January 3, 2012, 09:57 PM
For pistol.... the N300 series powders from VihtaVuori... especially N320 in 9x19.

wanderinwalker
January 3, 2012, 10:04 PM
For me it is Winchester 231 for pistol loads and Hodgdon Varget in rifle. They're not very fancy, but they do seem to work well. And I don't have the metering issues with Varget many report, even with an inexpensive LEE powder measure. (Which is odd, because I'm in the "won't use Unique because it meters to poorly" camp.)

BBDartCA
January 3, 2012, 10:07 PM
IMR4064 and 4895 for the Garand. 4895 works a little better it seems with 150g. 4064 better for heavier.

IMR4350 for other '06, especially 165 and 180g.

IMR4227 and # 9 for 357.

748 for 308 but rethinking this.

Ap70 for 9mm.

J_McLeod
January 3, 2012, 10:12 PM
HS-6: It seems to do everything. Fairly high power, low recoil, easy to measure.

Not set on anything else yet.

Damon555
January 3, 2012, 10:22 PM
H110 for magnum revolver loads.
Unique for every other handgun application.
H335 for some rifles and Varget for others.

I have other powders on hand but as my reloading years have progressed I have narrowed it down to a few simple choices. Usually if one doesn't work the other will. The powders I have listed have consistently proven themselves so they dominate my limited shelf space.

john wall
January 3, 2012, 10:47 PM
Titegroup for non magnum handguns, standard loads.

HS-6 for full throttle loads in 9X19 and 40.

Accurate #9 in Magnum handgun and 357 SIG.

Accurate 2015 for 223, 5.56mm. Accurate 2520 for 308, 30/06, 8X57S, and 35 Remington.

Alliant RL-7 for 45/70. RL-15 for 30/30.

Alliant Red Dot for 12 ga.

Oklacoyotekiller
January 3, 2012, 10:57 PM
4227 for hornet. 4320 for22-250 and 243 light bullets. 4350 for heavy 243. hp38 for 45 acp. all meter perfectly in my old lee powder thrower

cfullgraf
January 3, 2012, 11:21 PM
Favorites include Unique, 700-X, True Blue, Blue Dot, AA#5, AA#7, W296, AA1680, AA2230, Varget, and H4895.

beatledog7
January 4, 2012, 12:01 AM
Bullseye for .38SPL and .40S&W

Ridgerunner665
January 4, 2012, 12:08 AM
Power Pistol...I like it because it meters better than Unique and it can be loaded from mild to wild (I do use some Unique, but I load them single stage)

H322...best 45-70 powder ever, IMO.

Reloder 15...best 308 powder, IMO.

H4350...this is a new one for me, I've only been loading the 30-06 for a short time...but I see no reason to change powders...its accurate, gives plenty of speed, and burns clean.

oldreloader
January 4, 2012, 12:10 AM
Red Dot, Clays, And Longshot for shotgun
AA #5 and Bullseye for pistol
AA2230,Big Game (Ramshot), and 4350 for rifle

Mike 27
January 4, 2012, 12:24 AM
IMR 4064 for my 30-06 outstanding accuracy
Bullseye in 45ACP, and 9mm again great
AA2 in my snubby .38 sp after some bad luck with HS 6 (I see others love it)
Blue Dot I just started using in my 10mm but so far so good
TAC in my 30-30 Mod 94 works great

res7s
January 4, 2012, 12:31 AM
With jacketed loads I use W748, BL-C(2), IMR-4895, IMR-4064, IMR-4350, for rifle, and Unique, Red Dot, Bullseye, 2400, AA#7, and IMR-4227 for handgun.

With cast bullets I use, Bullseye, Red Dot, Unique, Blue Dot, 2400, W748, BL-C(2), IMR-4064, IMR-4895, and IMR-4350 for rifle, and Bullseye, Red Dot, Unique, AA#7, and IMR-4227 for handgun.

I broke it down like that because with some of these I only use one powder for a particular cartridge/bullet combination. They are my "one trick ponies", but the "trick" is good, so to speak.

JO JO
January 4, 2012, 12:49 AM
4064 = 308
2400 = .357
power pistol = 9mm & .40
red dot = 12 ga trap

mcofboise
January 4, 2012, 12:59 AM
For years my handguns were fed a steady diet of Hercules powders: Unique because of its versatility in all the popular calibers (and I must be the only person on this board that's mystified by all the poor metering complaints, because that has never been the case for me), Bullseye for specific applications, and 2400 for the hotrods (perhaps because Elmer Keith and I are/were twin brothers from different mothers... born a few generations apart). Today the cans say "Alliant," but there they all sit. Somebody somewhere along the line introduced me to 231/HP38 and my .45s thank them for it. 748 maintains the big-can footprint on the shelf because both the .223 and .308 prefer it. And try as I might, I can't rid myself of IMR-4350 because this late in the game I refuse to look for a new load for the .30-'06, and I've got a cranky old Remington 788 in 22-250 that shoots 3-shot Mickey Mouse heads at 100 yards with a case full of those DuPont Lincoln Logs and a 55 grain JHP. Since we all know it won't run through a powder measure worth sour owl poop, I must concede to being enslaved by this rifle. The alternatives I've tried fill 3 pages in my reloading logbook, leading back to the inevitable spoon feeding and trickling of each and every load so this pile of plywood and plumbing won't suffer indigestion in the springtime when the varmints come out to play.
When do we get to do the "one-gun, one-load (or not)" thread?

mike

69Falcon
January 4, 2012, 01:10 AM
H4350: .30-06, .270
H4895: .308, developing .223 and .30TC loads
748: .30-30
IMR 8208 XBR: Got for .223, going to try out some other things :D
Clays, Trail Boss: .38 Special and .357 Magnum (158 LSWCs for both)

bandit7.5
January 4, 2012, 02:05 AM
red dot in all rifles and shotguns ,good for my needs.
I do have a can of vv n310 that was gifted to me by a friend with no reloading knowledge.

777TRUTH
January 4, 2012, 08:30 AM
Unfortunately I am limited to Alliant powders locally.

Bullseye in 45 and light .380 loads, Power Pistol in 9mm, .40 & standard .380 loads.

I like these threads, I will start loading .223 this year and am getting a lot of great ideas.

Muddydogs
January 4, 2012, 08:34 AM
(and I must be the only person on this board that's mystified by all the poor metering complaints, because that has never been the case for me)

Nope, I run Unique in all my pistols as well as lead shotgun loads. No problems with the metering.

H110 for heavy pistol loads.

W748 for 223

Re 22 and Re 15 for rifle

Steel for waterfowl loads.

CCI mag primers in everything.

MtnCreek
January 4, 2012, 08:37 AM
IMR4895. This was the second powder I purchased; still use it today for several rifle loads.

Bud0505
January 4, 2012, 10:56 AM
I've been using Unique, W231 and AA#9 since I started reloading. Never found any reason to change.

Bud

wr400
January 4, 2012, 11:16 AM
Unique,Power Pistol,Bulleye an H110! does it for me!

Kevin Rohrer
January 4, 2012, 11:58 AM
*Unique for pistol.
*4895 and BLC-2 for the .30cal service rifles
*4064, Varget, and 8208 for the varmint rifles

BullfrogKen
January 4, 2012, 01:06 PM
Unique is quite versatile, but it's so dirty I rarely use it for anything at all.

I've used AA No 5 in 38 Special, 9mm, 40 S&W, 45 ACP, and 38 Super. It's my go-to pistol powder for anything I want in standard-pressure and medium velocity.

I've become a big fan of Varget for rifles. If I get something new I try Varget first. Only until I find that it doesn't work well will I move onto something different. But it usually does. If not, I try an IMR powder. 4895 is great for 30 calibers and 4198 for 22 calibers.

PO2Hammer
January 4, 2012, 02:11 PM
SR 7625 has become my all around handgun powder. Excellent metering, good load density, and reliable accuracy in all my handgun calibers.

El Guero
January 4, 2012, 02:14 PM
I just started loading Trail Boss for some 30-30 plinker rounds, would like to try it in 38 Special soon. That one is definitely a keeper, at least for safety's sake. I've got a bunch of WST and Bullseye I need to burn, but I'm like to switch all my plinking ammo over to Trail Boss just to shoot worry free.

James2
January 4, 2012, 05:26 PM
Many moons ago......
I started out with Unique for 44 Spl
IMR 3031 for 30-30
These are still in my inventory.

Later I started loading for 270. Tried a variety of powders. There was two that worked right H 4350 and IMR 4831. I settled for IMR 4831.

That's three but, I will add H4198 for 222 Rem and W231 for 45 Auto.

Now that's five, and I could be happy the rest of my days with no more than these five. (Not like that's going to happen. You know, the urge to try something else?)

zxcvbob
January 4, 2012, 05:35 PM
Promo -- I use it extensively and doubt that I'll ever get to the bottom of that first 8# jug because charge weights are so small. :) Cheapest canister powder there is, bulky, very accurate, adequate performance.

Herco -- Good for "magnum" revolver loads with cast bullets. Would probably be good in 9mm except it's too bulky (not enough powder will fit under the bullet)

WSF -- Works just like Herco but denser and meters better.

Bullseye -- my goto powder for 9mm

A Pause for the Coz
January 4, 2012, 05:44 PM
I just started loading Trail Boss for some 30-30 plinker rounds, would like to try it in 38 Special soon. That one is definitely a keeper, at least for safety's sake. I've got a bunch of WST and Bullseye I need to burn, but I'm like to switch all my plinking ammo over to Trail Boss just to shoot worry free.
I have been trying for few months to find a acceptable alternative to Trail Boss for cast out of my 30-30.
I have finally got Unique to shoot relatively well. But still if I want to be accurate. Trail Boss is #1 for me.
I think it must be because Trail Boss is mimicking the higher pressures the full power loads get to. I have no idea how it works but it works.

Unique in just about every thing else cast.

H335 and 3031 for the 223 and 30-30 jacketed. 2400 in 357 jacketed.

zxcvbob
January 4, 2012, 05:46 PM
I have been trying for few months to find a acceptable alternative to Trail Boss for cast out of my 30-30.


Try Red Dot for that (or Promo.)

Michael R.
January 4, 2012, 05:46 PM
30-06, 22-250=IMR 4064
9mm=Power Pistol

kludge
January 4, 2012, 06:09 PM
A-1680
H4895
IMR 4064
No.2
Universal
No.7
2400

The jury is still out for 10x vs Benchmark vs H4198 vs IMR 3031.

I might have to try some SR 7625 next

Walkalong
January 4, 2012, 06:24 PM
Four powders that I have used almost from day one, and still use today, are W-231, 700X, H-335, & IMR 4895.

Blue68f100
January 4, 2012, 07:33 PM
W296 for full house Magnum Revolver loads, 2400 for non
W748 for 308
IMR4350 for Rem 7mm Mag
WST, WSF for Handguns (autos) and Shotguns 12 & 20ga

Hondo 60
January 4, 2012, 09:53 PM
I have 3 favorite powders

Tite Group - works great for me for non-magnum handguns like .38 Special
AA5 - I developed a load for my 45 Colt - it's so accurate, I just never found need to change.
Varget - I use it in my AR-15 - again, no need to change.

Just bought a bottle of W296 to try in 357 & 44 magnum.

RandyP
January 4, 2012, 10:14 PM
Win 231/HP-38 is all I use for the 4 pistol calibers I reload. Works great, meters great.

zxcvbob
January 4, 2012, 10:27 PM
Question for those who like Titegroup: Do you shoot jacketed bullets or cast? (or both)

420Stainless
January 4, 2012, 10:28 PM
Unique, Titegroup, Clays, 296, and Benchmark. I use a few others, but I could get by with just these.

bob40caliber
January 5, 2012, 12:26 AM
Unique for .45 Colt

BullfrogKen
January 5, 2012, 09:58 AM
bob, I know folks who use Titegroup with cast bullets. When they shoot, their rounds put out a lot more smoke than guys using a different powder with cast bullets. But it certainly works.

joed
January 5, 2012, 10:47 AM
In recent years I've tried my best to simplify powders. So far here's hhow I've done.

2400 for mag revolvers
Universal for midrange pistol loads
Varget for 22-250 and 308
Rl19 for large rifle.


After years of unique I will never use it again, not powder measure friendly.

Stormin.40
January 5, 2012, 12:51 PM
I am not a seasoned reloader and haven't tried very many powders nor worked through the kinks with the one powder I didn't like.

HS-6 is my goto powder in .40 S&W
Trailboss is my goto powder for .38 special plinking load (Lead Only)

I am not a fan of Titegoup but I have used it with cast bullets in .38 Special. It was accurate enough and was only a little dirtier than trailboss, although I only shot about 40 rounds out of a snubnose with it. I plan to use what I have up in plated .38 special loads and switch to something else.

mtrmn
January 5, 2012, 01:08 PM
Unique
Blue Dot
Bullseye
WC844
AA2230
TAC
IMR4895 (surplus)
IMR4350

Striker Fired
January 5, 2012, 01:30 PM
N340
AA#5
AA#9
SR7625
Power Pistol
N350
WSF

H4350
Varget
Imr 4350
Imr 4831

USSR
January 5, 2012, 01:50 PM
The 3 powders I could load everything I have with:

Solo 1000
2400
Surplus IMR4895

Don

cook50_03
January 5, 2012, 04:37 PM
38 sp/9mm/45 Colt (Mostly Cast)
HP-38
Unique
HS-6
Power Pistol

Lil Gun (Big Boom) and Titegroup for Ruger Only 45 Colt

30-06
IMR 4350
IMR 4064

markdoddridge
January 5, 2012, 04:57 PM
IMR4895 for most rifle applications

H110 for most Magnum applications

W231 for regular pistol applications

Ive gone through a ton of stuff for each caliber but these 3 are my bread and butter. Trailboss and Varget i use alot too

420Stainless
January 5, 2012, 08:20 PM
Question for those who like Titegroup: Do you shoot jacketed bullets or cast? (or both)
I like to use it with hardcast lead (BRN 18) 255 grn Keith bullets in .45 Colt. Of course Unique works very well for that also, but I seem to get slightly better accuracy with Titegroup. I used to like it with .38SPC wadcutters also, but Bullseye beat it out in most of my guns. Otherwise, I only use it with jacketed bullets in .45ACP and light 10mm loads.

Joatmon
January 5, 2012, 08:37 PM
Really like IMR4895 for service rifle and W231 for a lot of pistol work. I have picked up samples of a lot of powders over the years but just dont seem to get around to testing/using most of them. I know I will probalby never catch up since there seems to be new powders released almost every year. So many powders, so little time!!!

rule303
January 5, 2012, 08:47 PM
Varget for most rifles, 4895 covers most of the rest. Unique for all my non-magnum handgun loads as well as 28ga shotshells. Lil'gun covers .22 hornet and heavy .357 and .44 mag. I have a few other powders I play around with, but I could get along just fine with those 4.

Jeff H
January 5, 2012, 08:54 PM
Varget, for heavier 223 and 308
H335 for lighter 223
HP-38 for almost all pistol calibers
2400 for magnums

At this point, I don't see the need to use anything else for what I shoot.

TwoEyedJack
January 5, 2012, 09:23 PM
5.0 grains Bullseye for 9mm (hot) and .45 (midrange)
H335 for .223 (AR15, Ruger #1)
H4350 for .270, .338 win mag, 7MM-08
Win760 for .22-250
Longshot for 12 and 20 ga.
TAC for M1 Garand
H110 for .41 mag hot loads
AA#5 for plinking loads for .357 and .41 mag

I am trying to move to all ball or flake powder so I can spend less time reloading. Still have not found a ball powder as good as H450 (which is impossible to find now) for my .270

zeke
January 6, 2012, 09:48 AM
hp-38, unique, n350, n110

h-4198, 748, Rl-22

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