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best 9mm powder

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by hvychev77, May 30, 2011.

  1. hvychev77

    hvychev77 Well-Known Member

    i'm gonna be starting to reload some 9mm sometime soon and was wanting some input on the best powder. i'll mostlikely be reloading fmj bullets and i have a lee turret press with the disc powder measure. i would appreciate any advice fellas............thanks, hvychev77
  2. Steve Koski

    Steve Koski Well-Known Member

    Unique is outstanding in the 9mm.
  3. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Unique is all I use with 115 & 124 grain bullets.

    But there are other really good powders, depending on what bullet weight you are going to use.

  4. JerryM

    JerryM Well-Known Member

    I much prefer Universal Clays to anything else I have tried including Unique.
  5. hAkron

    hAkron Well-Known Member

    I like Hodgdon HP-38 for 9mm (as well as .380, 9mm Mak, .38 special, .40 S&W, and .45). I should mention that HP-38/W231 is the only powder that I've ever tried in these rounds so take it with a grain of salt.
  6. ColtPythonElite

    ColtPythonElite Well-Known Member

    Unique works well for any 9mm bullet. For plated or jacketed, I like Power Pistol. It meters better than Unique and burns very clean.
  7. bluetopper

    bluetopper Well-Known Member

    Power Pistol was formulated specifically for the 9mm & 40 cal. But there are many that perform well in the 9mm. Green Dot has worked very well for me too.
  8. J_McLeod

    J_McLeod Well-Known Member

    I've tried Unique, HP-38 and HS-6 so far. I like HP-38 and HS-6, got good results from both, but the HP-38 is easier with a Lee Perfect Powder measure.
  9. wrench

    wrench Well-Known Member

    I like Unique and WSF in 9mm. WSF meters better.
  10. samurai

    samurai Well-Known Member

    I use WST and WSF most of the time- Unique doesn't seem to meter consistent with my Lee turret press.
  11. RidgwayCO

    RidgwayCO Well-Known Member

    I'm now using VihtaVuori 3N37 to load all my 124gr jacketed bullets in 9mm Luger (Hornady 124gr FMJ-Encapsulated, Montana Gold 124gr CMJ, and Speer 124gr GDHP). It meters exceptionally well from my Lee Pro Auto Disk powder measure, burns clean, provides exceptional accuracy, and has a much reduced flash signature. It's a little more expensive than most powders, but (for me) the extra cost is worth it. Buy it in the 4lb containers from Powder Valley, and the cost becomes more accessible.
  12. zxcvbob

    zxcvbob Well-Known Member

    Where are you trying to go with it?

    • Bullseye is great for 9mm. You can go a little faster with Unique but it doesn't measure as easily. 231 should be good for mid-range loads but I haven't tried it yet.
    • For top end load, WSF or Power Pistol or AA#7. Most of the other slow powders are too fluffy for 9mm; you'll fill the cases before you get the pressure up.
    • For light target loads, use Red Dot.
  13. hvychev77

    hvychev77 Well-Known Member

    thanks for all the replies everyone. i'll probably just be shooting 115 grain bullets for target shooting. i'm hoping in the next year or so to set up some kind of a little target range here at home. i had heard that w231 is a clean burning powder but wanted to get some input on the other powders as well. specifically, which ones meter best for the disc powder measure in my Lee press. thanks again ya'll..........
  14. scotch827

    scotch827 Well-Known Member

    I use 4.2 grs of Bullseye with 115 Berrys Rn with no problems. Shoots 1050fps average out of a FS S&W M&P. I found the load on this site somewhere.

  15. Blue68f100

    Blue68f100 Well-Known Member

    Ball Powders 231 or WSF for the 115gr 9mm. Unique is a flake powder and it does not meter well in some powder dispensers. I do not like recommending Fast burn Powders like Bullseye or Tight Group for new comers. There is very little wiggle room for error will these.
  16. 1SOW

    1SOW Well-Known Member

    Win 231/HP-38 if you use the 'mid-range or higher' in the load data. This powder works perfectly in the LEE disc system. Its only drawback is that it shoots very 'sooty' at the lower end of the load data.

    If you want lighter loads using the low end of the load data, use Vihtavuori n320 (more expensive but less powder needed) and it shoots clean with low-end loads. It also works very well with the LEE Discs.

    Hope this helps.
  17. medalguy

    medalguy Well-Known Member

    Take a look at Accurate Arms #5 or #7. Both meter extremely well and accurately.
  18. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    In the 9mm my best results have come with W231/HP-38 and Longshot.
  19. wolfrage

    wolfrage Well-Known Member

    I only use WSF for my 9mm reloads. Wont bother with anything else.

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  20. Clark

    Clark Well-Known Member

    Power Pistol for the most power.

    3N37 for the most power in low flash.

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