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One Powder

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by lizziedog1, Sep 9, 2011.

  1. lizziedog1

    lizziedog1 Well-Known Member

    There are numerous threads here about what three, or two, or whatever, type of guns, one would have if there was some sort of limit. I want to try that here.

    If you were somehow limited to only one rifle powder and one handgun powder, what would they be?

    Looking at my current firearms here are my two choice.

    For rifle, Varget. It wouldn't be the best choice for all my long guns, but it is one powder that I could use in all of them.

    W231 would be my one pistol powder. Again, it would fit the bill for my handgun applications.
  2. glockky

    glockky Well-Known Member

    IMR4350 and Tite Group or W231
  3. Missionary

    Missionary Well-Known Member

    Good morning
    Unique... I would not feel real bad if that was all there ever was for any reloading.
    But I would also add some 1680. As I primarily shoot my own cast I could happily finish off my years with just thos two.
    Mike in peru
  4. NCsmitty

    NCsmitty Well-Known Member

    Without a doubt, H4895, as it's useable in small and magnum cases with different load densities, IE youth loads, at www.hodgdon.com.

    Unique is an old powder, but it's extremely versatile, and works well from 32ACP through the large bore 44 and 45 caliber handgun loads. I even use it in some 20ga shotshell loads.

  5. REL1203

    REL1203 Well-Known Member

    for Handgun, either Universal or W231,

    For rifle, for what I shoot, RL15 or Varget
  6. oneounceload

    oneounceload member

    Clays - as shotguns come first and it will cover handguns
    either IMR 4350 or 4831 - both give good results for my 7 mag
  7. CraigC

    CraigC Well-Known Member

    H4895 and Unique.
  8. gamestalker

    gamestalker member

    I would have to have 3 powders to make me happy. RL22 for my high powered rifle needs, Longshot for AL handguns, standard wheel guns, and shotguns, and then H110/296 for my magnum wheel guns. Without those 3 I would be concerned about performance being below my desired performance level, which is super charged!
  9. ColtPythonElite

    ColtPythonElite Well-Known Member

    Varget and Unique.
  10. bds

    bds Well-Known Member

    W231/HP-38 and H4895
  11. Tallinar

    Tallinar Well-Known Member

    Unique for pistol, maybe 4198 for rifle? Not sure for rifle...
  12. ustate

    ustate Active Member

    for handguns Hp38
    for rifles H4895
  13. FlyinBryan

    FlyinBryan Well-Known Member

    because i like the 38 for 45acp, and the 4895 because one of the rifles i load for is an m1 garand.

    ADKWOODSMAN Well-Known Member

    My vote is for Unique and IMR4064.
  15. Robert101

    Robert101 Well-Known Member

    My vote is Unique and H4895
  16. BruceB

    BruceB Well-Known Member

    Those wise gents who have already suggested Unique and 4895 have got it right. On the strength of 45 years' hand-loading, I can say that those two powders WORK.

    Unique will suffice for everything from (9mm/.38 Special all the way up to light loads in .45-70 and many other rifle cartridges. It shines with cast bullets in rifles.

    4895 (either "H" or "IMR") works VERY well from .222 up to .458 and .416 Rigby. It won't give absolute-maximum performance in ALL rifle cartridges, but it WILL deliver probably 90% or better in those in which it falls a bit short of "full power". The minor shortfall is unlikely to be noticeable in the field.

    So....if these are so good, and if I've been trying earnestly to cut down on the number of different powders I have on hand......why do I STILL have 37 different powders on my shelves at last count????? I reckon I'm just another nutcase.
  17. USSR

    USSR Well-Known Member

    IMR4895 and Unique. My only firearm that I would not be able to load for, is my .30 Carbine.

  18. AFK

    AFK Well-Known Member

    W231 for pistol. I use it for .380, 9mm, .38 special, and .45ACP. I don't load rifle
  19. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    H4895 and W231/HP-38
  20. Hondo 60

    Hondo 60 Well-Known Member

    Just one, huh?

    Well I guess for rifle it'd be Varget.
    (I only have one rifle - an Ar-15) so that's easy.

    But I love my handguns, so that one's much tougher.
    [strike]I like Tite Group, so I guess that would be my choice.[/strike]

    Or I could go with Accurate #5.
    AA5 would work better in all my handguns

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