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Where is the Pistol Powder?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Triumph, Mar 7, 2013.

  1. Triumph

    Triumph Well-Known Member

    Is it just me - can't find any pistol powder?

    New to reloading just looking for "middle of the road" 9mm & 45 ACP powder.
  2. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

    Got fiddy bucks? they are selling that
  3. Triumph

    Triumph Well-Known Member

    I must be shopping in the wrong places
  4. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

    Well I probably didn't mean to say it like that. What I more meant to say is that it's (all powders) are easily available but for a price. Check the internernet/this "for sale" forums etc
  5. GT1

    GT1 Well-Known Member

    PV has WFS(Winchester Super Field) in stock right now. 8 pound jugs.

    I don't see anything against it. Some folks like it as much as any normally used powders in 9mm and 45 acp. (read reviews at places like midway or wherever.)

    I see decent data for 9mm and 45 acp at the manufacturer site. If I was wanting, I'd not wait. It will still take a week or three I guess.

    It is hard to get Win 231/HP 38, or similar, backordered. You'd have to be looking all the time and it can sell out very fast.
  6. gamestalker

    gamestalker member

    Even though things have been in rather short supply out here, I've still been able to find what ever I need locally. I went out last week to pick up small pistol primers, and I found them. Went out several days later to grab some Longshot, and found that. Picked up a variety of bullets, brass, what can I say we are holding our own out here?
    I mean the shelves are not over flowing with supplies, but they are coming in regularly.

  7. GaryL

    GaryL Well-Known Member

    I stopped at a local place last week. They didn't have what I want for powder, but they had some that would work just fine for 9mm and 45acp. No primers though, and a 300 primer limit posted on the empty shelf.
  8. GT1

    GT1 Well-Known Member

    There should be some decent local stores there in Houston, somewhere.
  9. Triumph

    Triumph Well-Known Member

    I'm trying in Houston - I've had luck with primers but no powder.
  10. BYJO4

    BYJO4 Well-Known Member

    You have to constantly looking to find what you need. Midsouth is continually getting powder but have to order enough to justify Hazmat.
  11. greyling22

    greyling22 Well-Known Member

    I stopped in at a bass pro in houston a month ago, they had powder since the truck had brought it last night. But prices were high and it was flying off the shelves. Mostly to new guys who had no idea what they were buying. I wound up teaching a little mini-class to about 6 guys. "this is a reloading manual, this is how you use it to select a powder from what is available. No, you cannot use rl-19 in your 45cap. I don't care if it's the cheapest thing on the shelf. remember the load manual I showed you. From what I can tell, you are all going to blow yourselves up unless you find a reloader to hold your hand."
  12. Chisos

    Chisos Active Member

    Google up National Alliance of Stocking Dealers and you will find why I haven't given Carters Country in Houston my business for the last 20 years
  13. Triumph

    Triumph Well-Known Member

    I will
  14. mayassa

    mayassa Active Member

    Natchess has some ramshot in stock
  15. thomis

    thomis Well-Known Member

    I just got Lil Gun from Cabelas, along with 3k pistol primers.
  16. Sav .250

    Sav .250 Well-Known Member

    You may have to shop on line. Try the Natchez site. They have powder as do others.
  17. bds

    bds Well-Known Member

    Here are some more suitable powders for mid-range 9mm/45ACP loads:

    Graf & Sons has Ramshot Zip in 1 lb containers which is very similar to W231/HP-38 and also good for mid range 9mm/45ACP loads with available current load data - https://www.grafs.com/retail/catalog/product/productId/16667

    Natchez has Alliant American Select in 4 lb containers and also suitable for 9mm/45ACP with available current load data - http://www.natchezss.com/Category.c...Title=Alliant American Select Powder 4 Pounds

    Cabela's has Alliant Green Dot in 8 lb containers and IME can produce loads comparable to W231/HP-38 but required .2-.3 more powder charge. Although current load data only shows loads for 45ACP, 2004 Alliant load data has expanded load data for 9mm and 45ACP (scroll to bottom of link) - http://www.cabelas.com/catalog/product.jsp?productId=731761
  18. bds

    bds Well-Known Member

  19. Triumph

    Triumph Well-Known Member

    bds - well above the call of duty!!! Thanks much for helping out a newbie.

    GT1 - (in thread above) also suggests WSF at Powder Valley. I just have to figure out which one of these looks the best and order.

    I REALLY appreciate you guys taking the time to help me out.
  20. bds

    bds Well-Known Member

    Glad to help out a THR member!

    I like Winchester Super Field (WSF) and use it for full-power loads at near max load data.

    In general, slower burning powders than W231/HP-38/Unique/Universal tend to produce optimal accuracy at high-to-max load data.

    If you are wanting accurate mid range target loads, faster burning than W231/HP-38/Unique/Universal powders are better suited.

    Here's a burn rate chart - http://www.hodgdon.com/burn-rate.html

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