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Good General Purpose Powder For Pistols??

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Muttt, Jul 30, 2010.

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  1. Muttt

    Muttt Member

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    I shoot .357 Mag and .40 S&W. I was wondering what would be a good general purpose powder that would work well for both rounds?? I use my Hydroshocks or other factory ammo for carry ammo. So, I am only reloading for range/practice and am not really sweating accuracy or velocity all that much. As long as it is reasonably accurate and works well for both calibers, I'll be more than happy.

    I already have one powder for use in my rifle rounds and another powder for use in my large magnum rifle rounds. I like to try to keep it down to three general powders. I'm trying to keep things simple and not have a bunch of different powders laying around.

    Any reasonable input welcome.
     
  2. Runningman

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    Power Pistol works well in 40 S&W and good for decent mid range loads in the 357 Mag.
     
  3. NCsmitty

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    HS6 and Longshot give good numbers for both calibers, whether they give accuracy will be up to the user to decide.



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  4. Redneck with a 40

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    Unique and Universal for midrange loads in both calibers.
     
  5. Buzzard

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    Unique, Universal, and good ol' A#5.
     
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    Hodgdon lists data for titegroup & universal for .357 mag & 40s&w
     
  7. bds

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    +1 for HS6 and I would add WSF. If you load other calibers like 38Spl/9mm/45ACP too, W231/HP38 is my "all-purpose" powder.

    W231/HP38 and HS6/WSF will all give you match grade accuracy.
     
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    Another vote for Unique.
     
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    unique, bullseye, and AA#2 would all work for plinking loads. You could also go with Power Pistol or AA#5 for a little more ooomph.
     
  10. Larcus

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    Unique or W231 work for me.
     
  11. giggitygiggity

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    I like Titegroup for pistol. So far I have used it in .40SW and .45ACP. It is cheap and produces good results.
     
  12. redneckdan

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    Unique will work in everything from .22 hornet to .458 win mag. Obviously not to the peak of ballistics but good enough for range work. I prefer red dot.
     
  13. Wireman134

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    Unique or W231 again
     
  14. ArchAngelCD

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    For those 2 calibers you can use Unique, Universal, HS-6, AA#5, AA#7, Power Pistol, Longshot, WSF, True Blue and probably a few others in the same burn rate range.

    Personally for loading the 40 S&W and .357 Magnum I would use Longshot with jacketed bullets and HS-6 with lead bullets.
     
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