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Bullseye powder

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by BunnMan, Jun 5, 2013.

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  1. BunnMan

    BunnMan Member

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    What are yall loading with Bullseye? I got a little over 1 1/2 lbs. of the stuff on hand and would like to shoot it up in something. The half pound is left over from a 115gr 9mm load I gave up on about 8 years ago and the 1 lb. I just picked up in a small lot of reloading stuff I bought from a buddy recently. Pistols I load for are 9mm, 10mm, .40, .44mag and I'm about to start .45ACP as soon as my dies arrive. Given the difficulty obtaining my pet powders I'd like to use this stuff up in one of them if somebody has a bullet combo they've been successful with that I can start working on. Incidentally, the 9, 10, and .40 are Glocks and the .45 is an HK, supposed to avoid lead in them stock barrels. The .44 is a Smith so it's like Mikey, it'll eat anything.

    Thanks,

    -BunnMan
     
  2. Wildbillz

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    You can use Bullseye on most of those calibers in one way or another. A quick look through my reloading manual showed the only one that didn't list BE was the 10mm.

    I use it for my 45Acp loads and some of my 38spl. I use a lot more Unique then most other powders though.

    WildBill
     
  3. BunnMan

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    What manual and what bullets do you use it for in your .45 Bill?
     
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    light .38 SPL target loads with 148 grain HBWCs over 3.1 grains of Bullseye work great in my revolvers. I've also used it for 9mm PB and .45 acp. Goes bang, burns pretty clean.
     
  5. Rule3

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    It was and is the Powder for 45 ACP and 38 special.

    You shoot 45 ACP so there ya go.

    I think it's to fast for 9, 40 and 10 mm.
     
  6. TonyT

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    Bullseye is an almost universal powder for pistol cartridges. I use it with 125 and 147 gr. FMJ in 9mm, 148 gr. LHBWC in 38 Special and have used t in 45 ACP.
    Alliant at one time published a huge amount of data for use with virtually every bullet weight and pistol cartridge combo available. Get a copy of the 2004 or 2005 Alliant Reloaders Guide.
     
  7. nix4me

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    It will work fine in 9mm, 38 special and 45 acp. Most manuals have loads for these.

    I use it in 38 special for "the load".
     
  8. tyeo098

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    I use it for 9mm, 45, 38spl.

    9mm target I have 3.7gr under a 124gr berrys plated.
    45 target is 5.0 gr under a 185 HBRN berrys plated

    my 38 loads vary a lot haha.
     
  9. mjsdwash

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    love it in 380, 38, 45 acp, (4.8 grains, only one i remember) like it in 357, and its ok in 9mm
     
  10. beatledog7

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    I've used Bullseye to great effect in .380 Auto, 9x19, .40S&W, .45ACP, and .38SPL.

    I've used it to less satisfactory effect in .357 Mag (won't any more).

    I don't use it in .44SPL, .44Mag, and 357Sig.
     
  11. Rule3

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    Of course you a free to use whatever powder you wish, but if you are referring to the FBI Load, BE is not the best powder to use.
     
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    I use Bullseye in 38spl, 45acp and 9x18 Mak. Be has worked well for me, and I keep coming back for more.
     
  13. gpurp

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    230gr FMJ over 5gr Bullseye is probably one of the most common loads for 45acp.
     
  14. BunnMan

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    Now THAT'S good news!! I got a thousand 230gr FMJ on order with Precision Delta that will hopefully arrive before too much longer. I'll get back into my manuals to find a published load around 5gr to start working up.

    -BunnMan
     
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    The 5.0 grains 230 FMJ load goes all the way back to 1910. Bullseye was the powder used in the early 45 ACP cartridges and 5.0 grains at a velocity of 800 fps was the original cartridge specification.

    You cannot go wrong with Bullseye in a 1911 as that is the primary powder used in two World Wars, and maybe all the way to Vietnam.

    I have used Bullseye in the 9mm. Four grains with a 125 Lead gave me excellent accuracy and reliable function. This load clocked at 1100 fps in a M92 equipped with a Bar Sto match barrel.

    You can create some outstanding target loads with Bullseye in the 44 Mag but you can't push the bullets fast. If you want magnum velocities I recommend 2400 in the 44 Mag.
     
  16. BunnMan

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    I'm gonna be switching up powder in my .44s. I've been loading 180gr XTP (got 1000 free with my press) over 29gr of H110. EXCELLENT accuracy out of my 6 1/2" ported 629 but I'd like to get a little more mileage out of a pound of powder. I've never loaded lead but given the shortages...I think I'm gonna start loading it for the .44. Maybe an aftermarket barrel in the 9 or 40 and I'll load it for them too if supply doesn't catch up with demand on jacketted bullets soon.
     
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    I use it for .38 and .45 too. I have 4 lbs I'm working through.

    -J.
     
  18. FuriousGeorge

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    I use 4.4 grains of BE in my 9mm Luger loads (Berry's 115 grain plated lead RN). I get an average of 1200 fps or of a 92FS.
     
  19. thomis

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    when I hear BULLSEYE powder I instantly think of the .45 acp.
    That's the caliber that put Bullseye on the map.
     
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    124 grain LRN for 9mm with 4 grains BE.
    158 grain LSWC for 38spl with 3.6 grains BE
    200 grain LSWC for 45acp with 4.6 grains BE
     
  21. bluetopper

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    Bullseye powder has been the standard in 45acp for 100 years.
     
  22. Jim Watson

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    I always say that if a pistol caliber has ever been loaded with smokeless powder, it has been loaded with Bullseye and you can make it work.

    You do have to be careful, it is dense, fast, and high energy. The only gun ever demolished on our range was a S&W M686 blown up with what was most likely a double charge of Bullseye at magnum level. And loaned at that: "You say you are out of ammo, ol buddy? Well, here, take some of mine." Bang, bang, kaBoom!
     
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    I load .45 Auto and .38 Specials with Bullseye the big advantage being more shots per pound!
     
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    My friend loads for .38 SPL and .45ACP. All he has ever used is Bullseye.
    Sure, there are other choices...but are there better choices? Some would say "no".
     
  25. cwbys4evr

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    I love Bullseye in my 40, and I can't wait to use it on my Dad's 1911 when my brother sends it to me.

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