How many different kinds of powder do you have?


February 26, 2013, 08:33 PM
How many different kinds of powder do you have? The reason I ask is because I was in the man cave aka our living room the other day and the little lady comes in and seeing that Id cleaned the Armory/bench up and lined up my powder she counted it up and said "Do you really use all of those kinds of powder? I said yes I do she said "don't you have enough of it." Thats when I started looking and noted I have 10 different kinds of powder. I replied don't you have enough shoes she glared at me then left. So....... I call that one a win Also each kind is different like I have IMR 4350 and IMR 4320 not just well IMR is 1 powder and Hodgen is 1 powder.

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February 26, 2013, 08:42 PM
I have 8, ATM. Now, there are a few I'm not too eager to replace, once they run out. But by then, I'm sure I'll have a few new ones to play with.

February 26, 2013, 08:44 PM
I was in the man cave aka our living room

Man cave is the living room? Wow! Careful there pard, I believe you are getting some preferential treatment. Better take her out to dinner....... and no more shoe jokes. ;)

February 26, 2013, 08:47 PM
Yeah we have a small place and my stuff kinda ended up in the living room so I claimed it now the bedroom on the other hand ........... she owns and is pink :o.

February 26, 2013, 08:50 PM
26 powders counting H variants of IMR powders. Everything from blue dot for 9mm to H1000 for heavy magnum bullets.

February 26, 2013, 08:54 PM
That's why my reloading, gun building, and cleaning is done in the shop. If my little lady knew how much powder, primers, and bullets I keep on hand, or how much I spend on gun related things she would use one of my guns on me!:what: I only have 5 different powders, but all five are 8lb kegs. I also have well over 20,000 primers stored, and 6-7k bullets. My wife only comes out to my shop maybe once a year. She says it's my hide away!!

February 26, 2013, 09:11 PM
21 powders on the bench and I have some American Select in the mail. Though I have not yet used Herco or IMR 4227. The can of H4831 is being phased out for IMR 4831, and the IMR 7828 may not get used again.

February 26, 2013, 09:12 PM
I use:
one powder for handgun (W231 for 9mm,40S&W, 45ACP)
one powder for rifle (AA2015 for .223 and 7.62x39)

All I want is a reliable, safe, consistent load. Its not really a hobby for me so much as a necessity. I really could not afford to shoot as much as I do if I didn't reload. I try to keep it simple with as low overhead as possible. I'm strongly considering swapping all of my 45ACP large primer brass when I use up my large primers so as to not have to stock large primers. We all get into reloading for different reasons, and I'm making it work for me.

February 26, 2013, 09:15 PM
Right now I load four handgun calibers (.44 magnum, .357 magnum, .45acp, and .38 spl). I use W231 for all of 'em. All I load is target ammo and it works fine.

February 26, 2013, 09:31 PM
About 30 powders, maybe more. Some are in out building. I can remember 21 calibers that get loaded on a somewhat regular basis. Anything from a gnats sneeze to a stump blaster is possible.

February 26, 2013, 09:41 PM
Just 5; W231 for pistol rounds (9mm and 45 ACP), H322 for 223 Rem., 6.5 Grendel, 6.5x55 and 6.8 SPC; IMR 4064 for 30-30 and 308; H110 for 30 Carbine; and H1000 for 300 Win. Mag.

February 26, 2013, 09:53 PM
I do not have enough fingers and toes. Besides, I really do not want to know.

I used to minimize the number of powders but when I got into rifle, it just was not going to happen. There is always one better than another for a particular rifle. Then it reverses for a different rifle.

February 26, 2013, 09:53 PM
14 different powders. Sounds like my wife every time a new gun follows me home.

Her: What's that?
Me: A rifle.
Her: Don't you already have a lot of those?
Me: Yeah but this one is different.
Her: How different?
Me: Different caliber, different magazines, different brass, different bullet.
Her: So that means you bought new dies, brass, bullets, and all the rest, right?
Me: (quietly leave the room) :D

February 26, 2013, 09:57 PM
I've been culling the herd, down to about 12 different powders now. Just traded off some Norma MRP and some H205 for some IMR4895.

February 26, 2013, 09:58 PM
I have three kinds.


But the different bottles with all the names and numbers on them do take up a lot of space in the closets.

February 26, 2013, 10:01 PM
I wish I had a shop to do this in for now she can just walk in im going to have to hide some from now on from her :neener:

February 26, 2013, 10:04 PM
4, & Two of them is black powder substitutes ; )

February 26, 2013, 10:10 PM
I guess just three - must be doing something wrong :) Universal for pistol and shot shell, H4895 for rifle and Goex 3f for my percussion revolver.

February 26, 2013, 10:33 PM
Pushed the 15 or more button. I will buy at least one pound of anything never had to load up what packager says it is best for. Found some good ones this way and have a.bunch of 3/4 full cans of powder that I will never use again. May take it all, pour it in a barrel and make a custom blend or a really big fireball in the back yard. Can't seem to part with it in the event of desperate times.

February 26, 2013, 10:50 PM
5 different brands, 18 different powders.

February 26, 2013, 11:02 PM
I have seven and I use four. I use one of those for one specific load. The other three are the ones I use for everything. The three I don't use are ones I bought to eventually try. Still haven't found a need to use them.

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February 26, 2013, 11:20 PM
Diff powders seem to add up fast. Having mult types helps during scares too. Say u reload 3 calibers that could use the same powder even if not ideally, by trying to find one for each you'll have more on hand to sub with if one gets hard to find.

February 26, 2013, 11:22 PM
just one, HP38. works real well for 380, 38, and 45 and good enough for me for loading 357 mag. to be honest, I just shoot plated 357's every once in a while to clear out a little bit of lead here and there. plus its fun making noise! one of these days when people arent all coo coo, I will buy myself me a can of win296 and some fmj 357 bullets to roll up some toasty ones.

February 27, 2013, 12:41 AM
hmm, I started reloading a little while ago, and I'm in the process of finding what works for me, so I have a lot of different 1lb jugs for experimenting.
off the top of my head,
Hodgdon Clays
Alliant Unique
W 231
Alliant blue dot
W 296
IMR 3031
IMR 4895
IMR 4831..? something slow burning for .300 winmag that I can't remember off the top of my head

February 27, 2013, 12:47 AM
I have 3 different powders on hand. Hodgdon H110 for .410, Hodgdon H335 for .223, and Hodgdon Universal for pistol calibers.

February 27, 2013, 01:09 AM
I pushed 15 and that's a little low on smokeless then there is the black over 10 brands and grade there. face it I have a problem. 30 years of collection.

February 27, 2013, 01:24 AM
May take it all, pour it in a barrel and make a custom blend

Please tell us all that was meant as a joke.

February 27, 2013, 01:45 AM
Sitting on about 15 varieties, really only make heavy use out of about 6-7 of them.

I learned in the famine 4 years ago to branch out and try some different powders besides sticking to just my favorite ones. So I can use the other powders because I developed data on them already. But the powders I use most I've tried to get at least one 8 lb jug of if they had it, or five 1 lb cans.

I also learned to buy when I saw something I used whether or not I needed it three months, or even a year from now. I made a trip to the local shop maybe once every six to eight weeks and bought little bits here and there. Spent nothing more than a couple hundred a trip, maybe less than a hundred others.

Fortunately going into this I'm sitting on about 20k in primers, 12-13k in bullets, and 45-50 lbs of powder.

Of course, it's all spread out across maybe 8 different handgun and 8 different rifle cartridges.

For example, I shoot High Power service rifle matches. I've only got about 4,000 small rifle primers. That's pretty much one year's worth of matches, plus some practice in between. Then I'm out.

So fella's, when things get back to normal, do yourselves a favor and buy a little bit each month or two. For some folks a little bit is 2 lbs of powder each trip and 1k in primers every other. For me it was 1 or 2k in primers, 4-8 lbs of powder each trip.

Some guys will do the big bulk order thing from Powder Valley or Graf's, and I've both organized and participated in those with guys at my club before. The challenge is saving up the money, and placing the order when all the different stuff you want is actually in stock.

February 27, 2013, 03:22 AM
Right now I have 21 different powders on the shelf not counting the 3 IMR/Hodgdon variants for 4198, 4895 and 4350 or counting the 2 Winchester/Hodgdon clones of W231/HP-38 and W296/H110. I also have no Green Dot, Red Dot, AA#2 or Zip on the shelf right now but did recently. If you count the variants and the ones I am out of right now the grand total would be 30 powders but currently only 26!

Now that I wrote in down that sounds a little nuts actually! LOL

February 27, 2013, 07:07 AM
Pistol powders:
300-MP, Lil' Gun, H110, Trail Boss, Unique, Power Pistol

Rifle Powders:
RL-22, H4381, H4350, H355, CFE223, TAC, A2230

So, currently.... 13 different powders, in various quantities from less than 1# to full 8# kegs, to load for 4 pistol and 5 rifle cartridges.

February 27, 2013, 07:29 AM
I'm pretty new to reloading, so not too many:

.357 - Alliant 2400
9mm - Hodgdon Titegroup
30-06 - IMR 4350
.444 - Hodgdon 4198

Will soon add Unique to load my dad's favorite - .32 H&R Mag.

February 27, 2013, 09:03 AM
Win 231 for 9mm and 40
Bullseye for 45 ACP
Unique, Longshot to have something new to play with.
H110 for 30 Carbine and 41 Mag.

4895 for my Garand loads
Varget for 223 and 308
WC844 and WC846 for the same, but cheaper...

I usually have a few half used bottles of rifle powder for load testing...I think I enjoy working up and experimenting more than just finding what works and producing it!

February 27, 2013, 09:35 AM
Boomer mentioned black powder. I have lots. Some I buy, others people give me when they quit black powder shooting. Any opinions on shelf life for this in double sealed temperature controlled environment. In stock I have every thing from A-1 for large artillery to 1f through 5f. Somehow I have accumulated a dozen one pound cans of 4f in one box of which varies from 5 to 30 years old. I have read not to keep this long but every few years I take oldest and newest can plus a random and do a burn rate test. The older cans seem to look, smell and burn same as newer. That said, many pounds of 4f cooking off and then possibly upsetting the rest would probably not be pretty. If it passes the practical test I assume its o.k., who has a different opinion and why. Also, these cans could be combined into about eight as some are short on volume.

I have three mostly full cans of 5f which can be exciting, the 4f mentioned, about five of 3f, six of 2f, two of 1f and a 20 pound keg of A-1 in a factory sealed barrel never been opened. At some time it was surplussed from the U.S. military. All of this is in an OSHA approved powder magazine I purchased from an explosives company when I was still using dynamite regularly. Since I don't do explosives work anymore I have split the black powder equally into the two magazines. I retasked my OSHA explosion proof, radio frequency shielded blasting cap container for storing as many primers as will fit. Stinking box cost more than the primers even with today prices. I only own one black powder pistol, two rifles and a medium sized cannon. The cannon is what keeps me from divesting myself as it eats a lot if I use it. But the 4f and 5f have me thinking.

February 27, 2013, 10:07 AM
I thought it was about a dozen, but I just counted and it's 21, not including blackpowder and BP substitutes. :o (a few of those I won't be replacing when I use them up)

February 27, 2013, 10:20 AM
HMMM off the top of my head

IMR 4064
IMR 3031
Lil' Gun

Maybe some SR 4756

February 27, 2013, 10:25 AM
Wow! I just looked at what I have but then I've fairly new to reloading and still looking for what works best.

Accurate No 2
Accurate No 5
Alliant - Unique
Alliant - Bullseye
Hodgdon HP-38
Hodgdon TiteGroups
Hodgdon Clays
Hodgdon Universal Clays
Hodgdon Lil'Gun
Winchester Super Target (WST)
Winchester AA Lite
IMR - Trailboss
IMR Powder 3031
IMR Powder 4198
Alliant - Reloader 7

Black powder and subs all FFg
Pyrodex RS

February 27, 2013, 10:25 AM
H110 for 30 carbine 231 and green dot for pistol 2495 and RL17 for rifle.

February 27, 2013, 10:46 AM
I only have two powders that I use.

American Select: 12 gauge Clay Loads

Unique: 20 gauge Clay Loads, .32 H&R Mag, .38 Spl,. .38 Spl+P, .357 Mag

These fit my needs and my reloading space is limited.

February 27, 2013, 12:15 PM
I have 23 different powders, 24 if you separate the supposedly identical HP-38 and W231, which I do. They're split a dozen each for rifle and handgun, by chance rather than design.

All but two of these (Varget and Bullseye) I have bought in single pound canisters so I can test loads and find out what works best. At least six of the rifle powders I bought specifically for .223 Remington loads.

Varget is a go-to powder for .223 for a whole bunch of folks, and it does work well for most bullet weights. It makes a good 45-70 as well I hear.

Bullseye is...well, Bullseye! I've use it to good effect in every handgun cartridge I load from .45ACP to .380 except .44 Mag and .44 SPL. Those get H-110, 2400, or #9.

Having a variety means I can load anything I load with at least three different powders and get good results, and that means when one or two are OOS I can still use the third. Maybe someday I'll find a load for each cartridge that is so good that I won't load anything else, but I'm not there yet.

February 27, 2013, 01:35 PM
When I reloaded in the 60/70's I accumulated about 20 different powders. Most only slightly used.
When I started again about three years ago I am only loading for handguns. I surveyed the loading data and bought a pound of HP38. When I finished that I started buying it in 8# jugs. Haven't bought anything else since.
The really nice thing about reloading, and the USA, we each get to do whatever we want.

Magnum Shooter
February 27, 2013, 02:12 PM
I currently have in stock 47 lbs total of 14 different powders. Not counting partial cans.

February 27, 2013, 02:47 PM
At least 17, not in a position to take inventory right now.

February 27, 2013, 11:22 PM
I currently have 9 (13 1lb jugs, mixed amounts) and I have 4 (4 8lb jugs and 3 1lb jugs, but only 4 types) more ordered from Powder Valley. 2 (1lb jugs) that I currently have won't get used unless I somehow burn through the roughly 9lbs left on the shelf and the 34lbs that are on the way, all before this time next year. I've had to do some experimenting to keep shooting. But it's turned out pretty good so far. For instance, I never would have bought Benchmark, Red Dot, or True Blue if it weren't for this current shortage. But I've found some very accurate loads with them and will probably buy more in the future.

Sometimes a dog s**** in your yard and you step in it, if you're lucky that dog ate a gold nugget the day before.

dagger dog
February 28, 2013, 10:12 AM
24 types not including black, up and down through the burn rates, some darn near identical. Most for rifle 22 through 45 cal say 80%, the rest 9mm through 45 handgun.

February 28, 2013, 11:35 AM
Bullseye, Unique, HS6, AA#7

BlC2, H322, H335, Rl-15

Unique and Rl-15 are the two that handle the majority of my needs.

February 28, 2013, 11:42 AM
I have 43 different powders, but I only seem to use:
Power Pistol for semi auto pistols
H110 for revolvers
H4350 for rifles.

And sorry to say, I shoot factory ammo in shotguns:(

February 28, 2013, 12:50 PM
20 kinds of powder
14 dies for rifle, pistol, sg

Yes my wife knows. She doesn't say anything and I don't say anything about her 5 sewing machines.

We both suffer from SABLE ( Stash Accumulated Beyond Life Expectancy)

February 28, 2013, 01:03 PM
I was on a ranch in MT in 1984, down in their basement.
The old rancher had zillions of Winchester M70s and reloading equipment. That seemed like all good stuff to me.

The woman had a library of sewing patterns neatly arranged on shelves. My reaction was, "Humph. She will never use any of this stuff again."

February 28, 2013, 01:15 PM
I have tried quite a few powders. No, I don't need all the partial one pounders I have. They do come in handy though.

February 28, 2013, 01:37 PM
I have 8 different powders. Most of them are just a one pound bottle to try.



March 1, 2013, 11:56 AM
I started reloading a little over three years ago and I only have about 14 or so powders in stock, but I voted "Never enough..."

For my .357 Magnums I have pretty much settled on either Herco (cast) or 2400 (jacketed), though I have some Titegroup, H110 and WSF I've used in the past and a pound each of AA #7, Unique, Universal Clays and 300-MP that I haven't used (yet).

For my .40 S&W handguns I use Longshot and jacketed 180's exclusively.

I just recently took up reloading for my 1-H Tropical .405 Winchester and have tried Reloder-15 and IMR 4320, and have a pound each of 748 and H4895 for it that has not yet been used.

On a personal note, I think it is a good idea to have a 'pet' load for each of your firearms as well as several other 'satisfactory' loads with other powders that still get the job done as you can't always get the components you want (especially in these times).

March 1, 2013, 01:16 PM
I took an actual inventory last night; don't think I missed anything this time. Some of these are unopened 8-pounders, some are 1 lb cans with just a little dab left, and everything in between. I'm not gonna post the total but it's more pounds than I thought. (it's NOT all in the house, a bunch is in a padlocked 1" thick wooden box in a locked outbuilding) I need to convert some to ammo:

Rifle powders:

Pistol and Shotgun:
AA#7 (faster-burning Israeli surplus)
American Select
Green Dot
International Clays
Power Pistol

BP and BP Substitutes:
FFFg Black Powder
Pyrodex RS

There's probably only 5 or 6 that I use for everything. :o

March 1, 2013, 02:21 PM
Lets see, Varget for .223 & .308. Bullseye for non magnum handgun loads, 380, 45acp, light 357. 2400 for magnum 357 & 44. I have some TrueBlue and BlueDot to try out and some 296 I used to use on the magnum loads.

March 1, 2013, 04:34 PM
Too many.

Haven't used some of them in 35 or more years. But, I could need to later on today.

March 1, 2013, 04:38 PM
I currently have Unique, Titegroup, (because I couldn't find more Unique,) H110, and H380. Next I need to pick a good powder for .257 Roberts, 30-06, and .270.

March 1, 2013, 07:51 PM
I punched "never enough," but if I told you, you'd call me a liar to my face, and I'd not get angry.
I do a LOT of experimenting.....different rifles, and different pistols.
I shoot competition there are a few multipound containers. Same with the equipment for competition shotgun.
Oh, yeah, I also shoot competition rifle, in several classes, though none are in bullseye.
Some of the powders are duped like 7828 and 7828ssc and 4831 and 4831sc, and also IMR4895 and H4895.
I have no BPs.
Have fun,

Jesse Heywood
March 2, 2013, 12:26 AM
I have a dozen and use them all.

she glared at me then left.

Mine did that, too. :scrutiny: Now the whole house is my man-cave! :eek:

March 2, 2013, 02:03 AM

I've done as you have, use different powders for the same calibers., that way I'm never out. I've got about 31 lbs., revolver, rifle loadings, some are of one type, like it for my .223, so have maybe 6 lbs. for that, plus Win. 231 for revolver, 5 lbs., then several powders for heavier rifle loads. If I run out of one powder for one rifle, I just grab another lb. and load away.

My wife doesn't come down into my cave dwelling either, "That stuff I don't touch, don't want to know what you've got down there, as long as the house is still standing, I'm okay with it," See guys, got to train 'em right from the start!

March 2, 2013, 09:30 PM
I just added a couple more to the group Im UP to 12 lbs

March 2, 2013, 09:40 PM
Pistol Powders:
Green Dot
Power Pistol

Rifle Powders:
Reloder 15

Cranky CJ
March 2, 2013, 10:53 PM
imr 4831
imr 4350
rl 15
rl 17
rl 19

March 3, 2013, 03:11 PM
Three. Win760,Leverevolution,and IMR4198. For 3006,30-30,and 4570.

March 4, 2013, 04:35 PM
A lot...a lot I don't use..wish there was some way to have a powder swap meet so we could trade the stuff we don't use for the kind we do use.

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