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  1. X-Ring

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    I just opened a new can of AA#2 imp, I found a can and grabbed it up. I haven’t used this powder in many years. I don’t recall it being so fine a powder, it is almost like dust, has it always been like that? Is something wrong with this can?
     
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    Vaguely sounds right. A dull, gray dust. Unless it is clumpy, it should be fine. :)
     
  3. Walkalong

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    It's a very fine gray powder, meters very well.
     
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    That's exactly it. Count yourself lucky that you found it, and enjoy. It's my favorite powder.
     
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    I'd sure like to find some #2!! IF I ever do I'll try to get a good supply. For me that's about 10 lbs.
     
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    I load and shoot around 15k 38 wadcutters per year and the only thing I will load them with is #2. It's truly the perfect powder for them.

    I also use it for light plinking 9mm loads and occasionally 45 ACP. I used to use it exclusively for lead 45 acp and 45 colt plinking loads until I tried WST. It's much better in both of those applications.
     
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    #2 is a great pistol powder. Measures like water.
     
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    When I had AA #2 I loaded 9mm, 38spl, 45 ACP, .357 mag,9mm Largo. wish I had more.
     
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    Teeny, teeny, teeny balls. If you spill any, they roll! Great stuff. My only complaints are that, as a fast and efficient powder, case fill is non-existent with most cartridges (no performance problems, just increases the chance of an un-noticed double charge), and the grains are so tiny that I get some leakage around the wiper on my Lee powder drop.
     
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    #2 is great powder. works great in 38 spl and 45 acp.It is very similar to Bullseye.
     
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    Only it meters better and burns much cleaner.
     
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    Sounds like it would be ideal for loading 380's, since there are rumors that my favorite 231 might go away. Does AA2 meter well thru Dillon 550's?
     
  14. Walkalong

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    I don't see how it could meter poorly through any measure, but I have never tried it in a Dillon.

    As noted, it often doesn't get much case fill with a proper load, but it is also one of the least position sensitive powders out there.
     
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    AA#2 is probably the best metering pistol powder ever, unless you are comparing it to the other accurate pistol powders, as they all meter superbly.

    I've made 380 with it before, it's an excellent choice.
     
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    When I used to load .380, I used AA #2. I tired W-231 and AA 32, and settled on AA #2 because it metered so well at those low charge weights.

    Here is some Competition, which looks just like WST, and some AA 32. It gives a good idea of the size, but the color did not come through, as it is as light as the Comp, but the round balls just didn't show it well in a pic with poor light. I need to get a pic outside one of these days. Both powders are much lighter than they show in this pic.

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    I found this one with a penny. Still looks dark, but gives a great idea of the size.

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