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Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by DelcoDave, Aug 10, 2010.

  1. DelcoDave

    DelcoDave Member

    As of right now I have been using only Alliant Brand Powders. I wanted to know if anyone knows of an equivalent powder that is similar to the burn characteristics of Alliant's Bullseye. Right now I use bullesye for 38 9mm and 45.
  2. oneounceload

    oneounceload member

  3. loadedround

    loadedround Well-Known Member

    W-W 231 or HP38 are the most common equivlalent powders to Bullsye. Their loading weights are not the same, so check a good reloading manual.
  4. bds

    bds Well-Known Member

    For me, this is how I use burn rate for pistol powders (38Spl, 9mm, 40S&W, 45ACP):

    Bullseye/Promo(Red Dot) - Used primarily for short barreled pistol, snappy firm recoil

    W231/HP38/Green Dot - Used for short/medium barreled pistol, mild/moderate less snappy recoil

    WSF/HS6 - Used for 5" 1911 and service pistols, moderate "push" recoil
  5. kludge

    kludge Well-Known Member

    No.2, American Select
  6. hancjamk

    hancjamk Well-Known Member

    W231 is excellent, but can't find any... I think Winchester is using it all to fill DHS 200 million round 40 caliber order... Just speculation...lol. I fall back to Alliant Unique. I get very good groups and unique is made cleaner burning than in the past...
  7. Kernel

    Kernel Well-Known Member

    If you can't fin W231, try Hodgdon's HP-38. So close, you'd think they were the same powder. ;)
  8. noylj

    noylj Well-Known Member

    2. Vihta Vuori N310
    3. Hodgdon Titewad
    4. Accurate Nitro 100
    5. Alliant Bullseye
    6. Accurate Solo 1000
    7. Scot Red Diamond
    8. Alliant Red Dot
    9. Alliant Promo
    10. Hodgdon Titegroup
    11. Accurate No. 2
  9. larryw

    larryw Well-Known Member

    WST is a good substitute. Meters well, versatile and clean burning.
  10. ljnowell

    ljnowell Well-Known Member

    Accurate Arms #2 is a terrific powder to be used in applications that you would utilize bullseye. You will not have any metering problems with AA#2, as it is a ball powder, and very fine. I had long heard people talk about metering like water but I hadnt seen it before, until I used AA#2. I use it in 45acp, 45colt, 9x19, and 357/38. Its also cheap.
  11. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    AA #2 is great stuff, but not nearly as fast as Bullseye IMHO.

    noylj's list is pretty good though.
  12. ljnowell

    ljnowell Well-Known Member

    I made the recomendation based upon application. Similar application, velocities, even charge weights many times. That and the fact that it meters so well.
  13. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    Certainly can't argue with the recommendation. :)
  14. wrangler5

    wrangler5 Well-Known Member

    I've used Accurate powders for years, and agree that #2 is one of the best metering powders out there. I have recently switched to Titegroup (which meters just as well) because I found that #2 tends to leak a bit from my Lee disk powder measures whereas the Titegroup doesn't. It's nice not to have to clean up stray powder after a reloading session.

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