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Powder type vs. caliber chart?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by emptybrass, Feb 12, 2013.

  1. emptybrass

    emptybrass New Member

    Jan 2, 2013
    Being a newcomer to the world of reloading in a time period where I can't just pick a powder and order it, is there a chart that list a certain caliber and then lists the various powders by manufacturer and number that are comparable with that load? On my searches, and because of my lack of knowledge, when I find a particular powder that is available, I have to grab one of my manuals, look up my three calibers and see if that powder is listed for any of those rounds. There must be a better way for us on the learning side of this hobby. Thanks.
  2. oneounceload

    oneounceload member

    Apr 24, 2008
    Hot and Humid FL
    Try any manual put out by a bullet maker, they list multiple powders
  3. Jesse Heywood

    Jesse Heywood Senior Member

    Dec 9, 2009
    It is a problem. When I started loading again during the 08 shortage I sat down with the manuals and made lists for the best powder choices for the different calibers and bullet types. Entered them in a spreadsheet (can't always read my own writing) and sorted by powder. Then I was able to go shopping with a list.
  4. Hondo 60

    Hondo 60 Mentor

    Sep 6, 2009
    Manitowoc, WI
    How about selecting a caliber, then go to the Powder Manufacturers websites.
    They all have data there. (free)
    Then you can write down bullet weight & powders.

    Then go to your LGS (local gun store).
    Find out what matches between powder & bullets they have.

    That's how I started many moons ago.
  5. ATLDave

    ATLDave Senior Member

    Aug 30, 2011
    I've been reloading for less than a year, but it helps me to think of powders basically having three characteristics I care about: burn rate (which influences how much pressure you get and how quickly), meterability (I use a turret with a thrower, so one that meters well matters to me), and case fill (powders that fill the case are more forgiving, but you'll also get fewer loads per cannister, generally speaking). There are other factors, such as sensitivity to temperature and cleanliness of burn/soot, but the first 3 are the ones that I focus on.

    Find a manual with a burn rate list - I think Hornady has one. Get a feel for which powders are fast, medium, and slow (relative to rifle or handgun). Look at the load data for a caliber (and bullet weight and type) you're considering loading... is most of the data for fast, medium, or slow powder? OK, now go back to the powder rate list. The powders in that general area on the list may be suitable. You'll still need to find load data, though, since the density/fill will be very different - NO SUBSTITUTIONS (with the exception of a couple of powders specifically designed to be substitutable). But by knowing that you need a fast powder, or a slow one, and having a general sense of what are fast powders, you can keep an eye out for them.

    Is that all too hard? Well, when you find a powder available, go to the powder maker's website - almost all of them have some online data available. Pull the data and see if your caliber/bullets are listed!
  6. JSmith

    JSmith Member

    Apr 11, 2009

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