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Alliant Power Pistol for 357mag

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by mtnbkr, Nov 8, 2005.

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  1. mtnbkr

    mtnbkr Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    Manassas, Va
    Has anyone used this powder in the 357mag?

    I have nearly a pound left from when I was hotrodding the 32acp. Since I don't load 9mm, I have no other uses for this powder. It looks like it might be a good choice for moderate mag loads, but some info I found online makes it sound like it's not ideally suited for the 357mag. I'm not looking for top speed, just something that will push a 158gr plated bullet to 1000-1200fps, burn clean, and deliver consistent velocities.

    Supposedly 8gr will push a 158gr jacketed SP to 1300fps, but a post I found on another board claims about 1100fps from a 6" 586 with a cast bullet. That velocity is fine by me, but I want to hear other people's experiences.


    HSMITH Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    I have used a good bit of it in 357, but never chronographed any of the loadings. I had clean, accurate and (judging from my recoil-o-meter) solid middle to upper end velocities. I have not used it with plated bullets, I just don't like plated bullets as I have not found a way to get them to shoot as well as jacketed or cast bullets.

    I use Power Pistol with jacketed bullets in 9mm, 40, 45 acp, 45 Colt, 44 mag, 38 and 357 right now. It really is a great powder. Some purpose specific loads are better with other powders, but Power Pistol delivers really good performance in general purpose loads.
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