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Favorite 9mm Powders

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Hunterdad, Apr 15, 2014.

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  1. Hunterdad

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    I'm trying to get into reloading, but finding pistol powder locally is like trying to find unicorn tears on the black market.

    I had a buddy of mine do up 1000 128g lead bullets for me. Now, all I need is a powder. What are some powders you guys like that are good for a beginner?

    Any help is appreciated
    Thanks
    Adam
     
  2. Potatohead
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    Well, Im a newb myself and I like zip and 4756. 4756 is probably on the slower side of things but I like it. Kind of a gentle thumper.

    As a beginner some might say to use the fluffy powders, so the case will overflow if you overcharge, Herco is a good one for that. These are just a few of many that will work.

    Most folks right now are happy with just about anything that works, because of the supply situation, I know I am.
     
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    W231 or AutoComp both Winchester brands
     
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    I'm fairly new to reloading.

    Unique because its fluffy and will overflow in 9mm case. Good luck finding it though.
     
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    I'm fairly new also. I've used:
    Winchester Super Field
    Ramshot True Blue
    Ramshot Silhouette
    All three are typically mentioned with respect to 9mm loads.

    In addition to the ones already mentioned, others I see mentioned frequently for 9mm:
    Ramshot Zip
    Universal
    Accurate 2
    Accurate 5
    Accurate 7
    Winchester Super Target
    There are plenty of others which will shortly be listed I'm sure.

    At this point I'd grab a load manual or two and take it with me when I shop and if you find a powder which has a 9mm load listed I'd probably buy it because it won't be there the next day.
     
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    DDC is right, if itll load 9, you better grab it.

    Plus one to Auto Comp also..

    Ive used: 800x, Herco, zip, HP38, 4756,7625, Bullseye, AutoComp, and Amer Sel.
     
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    I burn anything with available data. Have used Unique, Power Pistol, Red Dot, Green Dot, Blue Dot, Herco, AA7, HS6, all of which will work. Of these I prefer Unique for any serious loadings with Power Pistol a close second for JHP bullets in the 115 to 125 gr range. For 147gr its slower powder loads with HS6 or Blue Dot. For LRN at modest velocities to be shot at paper any of the faster powders do well, I'm currently using mostly Green Dot.
     
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    +1 on Green Dot and Red Dot because I have seen them available. They are a bit challenging to meter consistently.
     
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    I use a lot of promo. You can use the same data as red dot as long as you measure by weight and not volume. It has also been available here and there.

    My 2 favorite powders for 9mm are unique and bullseye but those are pretty rare these days.
     
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    Titegroup!
     
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    Why don't you list the powders you can get, and we'll pick a couple?

    I really like Bullseye with cast bullets, and I load them hot. Green Dot or Promo for light target loads, especially with light bullets. (I don't like Titegroup in general, but it should work just as well as the Green Dot but will smoke more.)

    Unique or WSF for full-power loads, and Power Pistol or AA#7 for hot loads with jacketed bullets.
     
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    Rd, BE, WIN231 all good, Good reloading, Catpop
     
  14. Hunterdad

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    That's just it. There is no constant flow of powder in the area. There is 1 place selling it at $60/1lb, which I refuse to pay. The places that do get some in occasionally don't have it out. It's in back and they hand you a list of what they have. That's why I posted up here, so I can get a list together to bring with me.
     
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    $20 a pound is a good deal around here. $19.99 is the price for 14oz of 700X, most everything else is $22-$27 a pound.
     
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    Sorry, meant to type $60/lb
     
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    TiteGroup for jacketed loads and WST for lead, particularly in 147gr.
     
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    WOW!!! $60 a pound, that is a bummer!! Good luck with your search. Pretty much everything these guys are saying is right on the money. Anything they have listed will work.
     
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    My favorites are Autocomp, Titegroup, Unique and Universal.
     
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    No one has mentioned Power Pistol yet, it was designed for 9mm and 40S&W specifically.
     
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    I might have to find some and try it out
     
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    I use nothing but Winchester Action Pistol. Lol
     
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    Don't forget PB. Not one of the 'in' powders, but one that worked very well in my BHP. Not only would it group good on paper, but it also grouped the ejected cases.

    If you stick with shotgun powders like Red Dot or Promo, you may find some for sale at a local gun club where they shoot a lot of clays. They usually buy in quantity to provide their members with powder. With a suitable hard-luck story they might be persuaded to part with a pound or two. You wouldn't need much to load 1000 rounds.
     
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    If I only had 1 powder, it would be Ramshot's Silhouette.
     
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    I use nothing but Red Dot in my 9mm loads. Even when other powders are available, I stick with Red Dot.
     
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