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Favorite Powder for pistol?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Uncle Richard, Feb 8, 2013.

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  1. Uncle Richard

    Uncle Richard Member

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    What is your favorite powder to use 9mm and 45acp cast bullets? Specifically, 125gr RN for 9mm and 230gr RN for 45acp.

    I've used Unique many times in the past and was a very good powder for lead cast bullets. I am also considering WSF because it's a lot cleaner.
     
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  2. hueyville

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    Unique by the keg.
     
  3. chris in va

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    Universal.
     
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    Bullseye. But Unique and WSF are good choices too. And maybe AA#5?
     
  5. jfrey

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    Used to use Unique but now it is WSF in all my loads. Meters a lot better and more consistent.
     
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    Hands down Unique.
     
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    W231 (HP-38) hands down. It's the only handgun powder I buy in bulk. I have 2X full 4lb jugs and most of a third on hand. If I had to I could load everything I shoot with it. (but I do also use HS-6 and W296)
     
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    I like Win 231 and ACC #5
     
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    You can't go wrong with Unique but I also like Clays,Tightgroup and 231.
     
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    I use unique 10 times more than any other powder in pistols.
     
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    AA#5,WSF,SR7625 or N340
     
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    used to be Unique and Bulls Eye , but leaning AutoComp
     
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    Blue Dot --231/HP38--Bullseye. Depending on what I have the most of at the time.:D Now 700X for 45 ACP.:cool:
     
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    Longshot for my heavier bullets (you have to load them stout) and Bluedot for my mid weight stuff.
     
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    Titegroup=small charge weight,accurate and clean
     
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    I do like Bullseye for 45acp and 9x18 Mak. but for you assuming 9x19 I think W-231/HP-38 would serve you well for both.
     
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    everyone will say bullseye/unique/231/hp38/universal

    as for me, the one i chose was hp38/231
     
  20. GLOOB

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    Mark me up for Unique, too. In those two calibers, in particular, I don't need anything else. There's nothing really super special about it, compared to the other popular powders. I guess I might like it cuz it's pretty cheap and pretty bulky and the half kegs are a convenient size for my needs.

    One thing, if you load on a progressive, a full charge of Unique for a 115 gr jacketed 9mm is going to be so high it might spill.
     
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    Unique for nearly everything. However, I do like Power Pistol in some jacketed loads.
     
  22. Uncle Richard

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    sorry....meant to state "lead cast bullets"

    Sorry guys, I meant to be more specific and wanted suggestions for LEAD CAST BULLETS for 9mm (115gr RN) and 45acp (230gr RN).

    I will probably use UNIQUE, but wanted something a little cleaner to offset the dirtiness of the lead. Considering WSF or 231.
     
  23. FROGO207

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    Still, the ones I use with lead bullets in 9mm and 45 ACP are Blue Dot and 700-X. More 700-X as of late because I think it might burn a bit cleaner.
     
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    I like Universal and HP38/231.

    I tried TiteGroup with cast bullets, but it seems to burn pretty hot, and I got quite a bit of smoke (I believe from burning lube) using it. It seems good for jacketed and plated bullets though.
     
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    Bullseye. It will shoot clean if loaded properly with a good crimp and it the most economical of all of the powders mentioned. It will not give good results in magnum loads but for .45 and 9mm it works great. I have 5 8lb kegs on hand. Good for lots of bullets.
     
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