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Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by jetsfan-24, Jan 15, 2011.

  1. jetsfan-24

    jetsfan-24 Active Member

    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
  2. vballdust

    vballdust Member

    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
  3. GLOOB

    GLOOB Well-Known Member

    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.
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2011
  4. steve4102

    steve4102 Well-Known Member

  5. joneb

    joneb Well-Known Member

    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.
  6. hancjamk

    hancjamk Well-Known Member

    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.
  7. kfox

    kfox Active Member

    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.
  8. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    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.
  9. Redneck with a 40

    Redneck with a 40 Well-Known Member

    For those calibers, I'd go Unique and 296 or AA #9.
  10. buck460XVR

    buck460XVR Well-Known Member

    .......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.
  11. bigtony

    bigtony Well-Known Member

    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
  12. RhinoDefense

    RhinoDefense Well-Known Member

    WSF for the 9/40/45.
    #7 or #9 for the .357/10mm

    The 10mm can use WSF with great results.
  13. Wildbillz

    Wildbillz Well-Known Member

    Depending on your choise of bullets. I get by with the following, in order of preference.

    Win 231
    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.

  14. JoelSteinbach

    JoelSteinbach Well-Known Member

    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
  15. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    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...
  16. ColtPythonElite

    ColtPythonElite Well-Known Member

    Unique and Power Pistol would be my choices.
  17. jetsfan-24

    jetsfan-24 Active Member

    archangelcd do u live close 2 somerset pa ?
  18. Damon555

    Damon555 Well-Known Member

    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.
  19. GCBurner

    GCBurner Well-Known Member

    Between Unique and Hodgdon Clays I can reload every pistol calibre I use from .32ACP to .45 Colt.
  20. Clark

    Clark Well-Known Member

    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.

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