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best 9mm powder

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by hvychev77, May 30, 2011.

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  1. hvychev77

    hvychev77 Member

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    i'm gonna be starting to reload some 9mm sometime soon and was wanting some input on the best powder. i'll mostlikely be reloading fmj bullets and i have a lee turret press with the disc powder measure. i would appreciate any advice fellas............thanks, hvychev77
     
  2. Steve Koski

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    Unique is outstanding in the 9mm.
     
  3. rcmodel

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    Unique is all I use with 115 & 124 grain bullets.

    But there are other really good powders, depending on what bullet weight you are going to use.

    rc
     
  4. JerryM

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    I much prefer Universal Clays to anything else I have tried including Unique.
    Jerry
     
  5. hAkron

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    I like Hodgdon HP-38 for 9mm (as well as .380, 9mm Mak, .38 special, .40 S&W, and .45). I should mention that HP-38/W231 is the only powder that I've ever tried in these rounds so take it with a grain of salt.
     
  6. ColtPythonElite

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    Unique works well for any 9mm bullet. For plated or jacketed, I like Power Pistol. It meters better than Unique and burns very clean.
     
  7. bluetopper

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    Power Pistol was formulated specifically for the 9mm & 40 cal. But there are many that perform well in the 9mm. Green Dot has worked very well for me too.
     
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    I've tried Unique, HP-38 and HS-6 so far. I like HP-38 and HS-6, got good results from both, but the HP-38 is easier with a Lee Perfect Powder measure.
     
  9. wrench

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    I like Unique and WSF in 9mm. WSF meters better.
     
  10. samurai

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    I use WST and WSF most of the time- Unique doesn't seem to meter consistent with my Lee turret press.
     
  11. RidgwayCO

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    I'm now using VihtaVuori 3N37 to load all my 124gr jacketed bullets in 9mm Luger (Hornady 124gr FMJ-Encapsulated, Montana Gold 124gr CMJ, and Speer 124gr GDHP). It meters exceptionally well from my Lee Pro Auto Disk powder measure, burns clean, provides exceptional accuracy, and has a much reduced flash signature. It's a little more expensive than most powders, but (for me) the extra cost is worth it. Buy it in the 4lb containers from Powder Valley, and the cost becomes more accessible.
     
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    Where are you trying to go with it?

    • Bullseye is great for 9mm. You can go a little faster with Unique but it doesn't measure as easily. 231 should be good for mid-range loads but I haven't tried it yet.
    • For top end load, WSF or Power Pistol or AA#7. Most of the other slow powders are too fluffy for 9mm; you'll fill the cases before you get the pressure up.
    • For light target loads, use Red Dot.
     
  13. hvychev77

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    thanks for all the replies everyone. i'll probably just be shooting 115 grain bullets for target shooting. i'm hoping in the next year or so to set up some kind of a little target range here at home. i had heard that w231 is a clean burning powder but wanted to get some input on the other powders as well. specifically, which ones meter best for the disc powder measure in my Lee press. thanks again ya'll..........
     
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    I use 4.2 grs of Bullseye with 115 Berrys Rn with no problems. Shoots 1050fps average out of a FS S&W M&P. I found the load on this site somewhere.

    Scott
     
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    Ball Powders 231 or WSF for the 115gr 9mm. Unique is a flake powder and it does not meter well in some powder dispensers. I do not like recommending Fast burn Powders like Bullseye or Tight Group for new comers. There is very little wiggle room for error will these.
     
  16. 1SOW

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    Win 231/HP-38 if you use the 'mid-range or higher' in the load data. This powder works perfectly in the LEE disc system. Its only drawback is that it shoots very 'sooty' at the lower end of the load data.

    If you want lighter loads using the low end of the load data, use Vihtavuori n320 (more expensive but less powder needed) and it shoots clean with low-end loads. It also works very well with the LEE Discs.

    Hope this helps.
     
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    Take a look at Accurate Arms #5 or #7. Both meter extremely well and accurately.
     
  18. ArchAngelCD

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    In the 9mm my best results have come with W231/HP-38 and Longshot.
     
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    I only use WSF for my 9mm reloads. Wont bother with anything else.

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  20. Clark

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    Power Pistol for the most power.

    3N37 for the most power in low flash.
     
  21. Capt. Ct.

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    Like most of the others I like Unique. I also use W-231. These two powders work well in other common calibers also. Pretty much all that I use today.
     
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    Another Unique guy here, load it in 9,45,38,357,44. Im sure there are some better powders out there, but for the simplicity of only needing that Im happy with the target loads I've made in those calibers with Unique. Meters well in my Dillon, Im sure you'll just have to try some out and see what meters well in yours.
     
  23. GLOOB

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    Out of my powders, 9mm is one of those calibers that likes all of them. Unique, HP38, and AutoComp. From my perspective, it doesn't much matter which one, at least with plated bullets. Cast loads seem to smoke a little more with HP38. Maybe it burns a little hotter?
     
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    I use Longshot or HS-6. Those two will deliver some excellent velocity and also fill the case up real good. I like using powders that are difficult, or impossible, to accidentally double charge, and also get me up into the + P + velocities, and both of those powders do just that. They also give me plenty of room to work up without producing high pressure spikes.
     
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    Ramshot's True Blue for me. Looks like dust, meters like water.
     
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