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Anyone using Bullseye????

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by ar10, Dec 8, 2009.

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  1. ar10

    ar10 Member

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    I was thinking about picking some up for handguns, but there's hardly any data on it. (at least in my reference manuals). It just seem that a powder that's been around since 1913 I'd see more load data, and from what I've read it's a pretty fast powder.
    My ref: Hornady 7th ED, Speer, Alliant, and Hodgdon.

    Forgot to mention, loads are .45 GAP and .40S/W. 185 and 180 gn
    I can find some max load info in those calibers but not much of anything else.
     
  2. earplug

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    Fine light load powder

    I use it for fifty foot indoor Bullseye.45 ACP 3.5 grain with a 200 grain SWC.
    38 spl. 2.7 grains with a 148 grain 148 grain WC
    I tested it against W231, Clays, and WST. I choose it due to lack of smoke, unburn't powder and accuracy.
    It is realy a nice target powder for light loads.
     
  3. gspn

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    I use it for .45 ACP and I love it. It meters easily, shoots consistently and burns clean.
     
  4. hossfly

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    Yup...38 spl 2.8 grains 148 wadcutter
     
  5. Jim Watson

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    Bullseye might be a little sudden for full charges in those high pressure calibers, but if you have a tested and published maximum load, all you need do is subtract 10% for a starting load. What more do you need?

    (I would not increase above that -10% starting load unless necessary to function the action.)
     
  6. MulticalinMO

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    I use Bullseye in:

    .45 ACP 230 gr. Softball! Missour Bullet Lead Round Nose with 5 gr. Bullseye. Nice to shoot.

    .40 S&W 180 gr. Missouri Bullet TC with 5 gr. Bullseye, for a fairly peppy load.

    It will also work for .38 Special too, but I have not got around to loading them up yet.

    Good luck!
     
  7. davestarbuck

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    I use it in .38 special,9mm,45 acp, and 380 acp. I like simple and easy so my loads are... 3.0 gr for .38 with 158 gr lswc and .380 95 gr lrn... and 5.0 gr for 9mm 124 gr JHP and 45 230 gr fmj or lrn. Only 2 loads to remember for the practice ammo, I use factory ammo for every day carry. Works well for me :)

    -Dave
     
  8. chbrow10

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    I use it for competition loads in 9mm (147 gr plated) and 45ACP (230 gr, plated, FMJ, and Lead). I make power factor no problem and have less recoil with the same bullet than W231.

    I just bought 8 pounds of the stuff. A lot of action shooters like it and use it with a heavy bullet (using the heavy bullet / fast powder combination) to make power factor with less recoil.
     
  9. Shrinkmd

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    I've been making up 45 ACP 230 LRN with 4.5 (a nice 770 fps out of 5"), and 200 LSWC with 4.6 (800 fps 5") Lyman's manual lists higher charges, especially for the 200 SWC. And Hornady manual feels you can load them into orbit. Nice and accurate, but smoky. Good for outdoor shooting.
     
  10. Ryder

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    I've used it for 380acp, 9mm, 45acp and 44mag. Great powder because a pound lasts forever, it makes very many loads.

    In the semi-autos I use the exact same loadings mentioned by davestarbuck (except I will run 9mm down to 3.5gr minimum for increased cyclic rate). In 44mag I run 5-7gr. I use cast bullets and relegate them to the target range.

    I never owned the 2 calibers you list but am in agreement with Jim Watson's warning. Those calibers are said to have tight load tolerances, not very versatile, which is likely the reason you are seeing a lack of info in that regard.
     
  11. zhu3895

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    45 ACP and I love it. It meters easily, shoots consistently and burns clean. i agree with this
     
  12. Ed Harris

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    For standard pressure, non+P loads in non-magnum calibers there is nothing better or more economical than Bullseye. The group of people I shoot with feed a pair of Dillon RL550Bs with it and between us shoot about 40,000 rounds a year in .38 Special and .45 ACP. The machines are set up to load 3.5 grs. of Bullseye in the .38 Special with the Saeco #348 double-end, bevel-based wadcutter, or the Saeco 160-gr. #358 Cowboy bullet in .38 Special, and 5 grs. of Bullseye with the H&G #68 200-gr. SWC or H&G 230-gr. #232 LRN in the .45 ACP. Also use 5 grs. of Bullseye with the 250-gr. Saeco #441 in the .44 Special or 6 grs. with the same #441 bullet for about 900 f.p.s. in the .44 Magnum. We buy Bullseye powder a case of four 8-lb. caddies at a time, approximately annually, have been doing so for 15 years and are not about to change powders.
     
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  13. LeonCarr

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    It has been said that more pistol matches have been won with Bullseye than any other powder. I believe it. I think I have burned about 20 pounds of Bullseye shooting 2.7 grains at a time.

    Just my .02,
    LeonCarr
     
  14. Marlin 45 carbine

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    I use it for loading cast 'practice' rounds in 5 different non-magnum pistol chamberings with good results.
    a poster above lists '5gr in 9mm 124 jhp' this is a max load. use w/caution.
     
  15. bullseye308

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    I load Bullseye in 9mm, 38, 357, & 45 ACP. Nice midrange loads in everything. It works well and is economical as heck. Just be careful of a double charge as it can easily be done.
     
  16. Claude Clay

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    bullseye for 32acp to 45 acp
    though it is often dependent on case size and bbl length.
    40 i use powe pistol [180 gr] to replicate a factory round.
     
  17. tggdeer

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    Good Stuff..

    I use it in 9mm and 40 s&w.. Produces accurate loads. It's economical. A little dirty, but good powder.+++++++
     
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    Lets put it this way, more real competitions, (NRA style 25 & 50 yard, where accuracy really is important.) have probably been won with Bullseye loaded .38 and .45's than all other propellants put together.
     
  19. schmeky

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    Bullseye is a powder icon. I have used it for nearly 30 years and still do. But the newer generation of younger shooters don't use it. They go for VV, Accurate Arms, Hodgen powders, and others.

    I've tried many different "newer" fast burn powders for 9mm, 40, and 45. Despite all the newer powders, I have yet to find anything that works better than Bullseye. The "dirty" thing is of no consequence for me since I shoot grease groove cast bullets anyway.
     
  20. atblis

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    Works just fine for 9mm.
     
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    I use Bullseye for both .38spec and light .357mag.

    Best I've found for this application.
     
  22. J2FLAN

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    200gr lswc over 4gr BE 45ACP
    155gr lswc over 4.7gr BE 40 S&W
    My fav loads for Bullseye--- it is hard to beat
     
  23. Shrinkmd

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    I am curious, what velocities are you getting with those loads? Lyman lists 5.0 gr Bullseye as max for their 230 LRN, but I recall seeing elsewhere that people go higher. I know Hornady manual goes over 5.0, to 5.7 900 fps as a max load. Has anyone ever loaded it that hot???
     
  24. bluetopper

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    After all my Clays powder is used up I'm shooting nothing but Bullseye afterwards. Bullseye performs just as well as Clays in low pressure calibers and does not pressure spike in higher pressure calibers; much more versatile.

    Some people with no experience with Bullseye in high pressure or magnum calibers are leary of it, BUT it performs wonderfully and consistently.
     
  25. hossfly

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    What magnum loads do you use it for? I have to say I've never been tempted to even try that.
     
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