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good powder for lead 9mm

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Thompsongunner, Sep 11, 2007.

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  1. Thompsongunner

    Thompsongunner Member

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    Picked up a bunch of lead bullets for my HiPower 122gr FP, 124gr RN and 147gr FP Is there any one powder that will work for all these wt's. Or do I need a larger selection.
    I have been using Power Pistol, but it smokes to much for indoor range shooting.

    Thxs, for any suggestions.

    Gunner,
     
  2. Fisherman_48768

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    I like HP38 which is apparently the same as WW231 in my 9mm's. I shoot my own castings of 124gr. The powder meters well, burns clean accuracy is more than sufficient for my use.
     
  3. Walkalong

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    W231 & Universal Clays :)
     
  4. xsquidgator

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    W231 and Unique.

    Both work fine although with their own peccadillos. I find W231 to be smokier than the Unique by a little bit, but the W231 meters much more consistently for me so I just use 231 for pistols now.

    I like Unique fine as well despite the metering thing, but it doesn't seem to burn completely in my lower powered, lower pressure practice lead rounds. I still have a pound of it left over but it's pretty much W231 for me.
     
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    +1 on HP38 ;)
     
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    Powder for 9mm?

    Bullseye has worked well for me. With cast bullets, a lot of the smoke is from the lube on the bullet. Can't be avoided if you use cast bullets.:)
     
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    I'm also using W231/HP-38 for the 9mm and cast bullets.
     
  8. Thompsongunner

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    Thxs for the replies! I had a pound of Universal clays and a pound of W231 but I can't find them now. Don't ask,,,,I think I could lose a battleship in a bathtub.

    The Power Pistol was loaded with 147 moly bullets and it was still real smokey.
     
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    Power Pistol

    I tend to not use Power Pistol on the light loads. It seems to work better "under pressure". If it worked well for the light loads I'd use little else.
     
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    I find Titegroup is a great fast powder that meters well. It works in 45Auto too. I have some HP-38 but haven't worked anything up yet.
     
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    Thompsongunner,
    I didn't mention Powder Pistol because that powder will give you velocities higher than you usually want to push a Cast Bullet. I have used Powder Pistol and Longshot for FMJ 9mm rounds. I found Powder Pistol the better of the 2 for the 9mm but Longshot is best for .38 Special +P rounds.
     
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    I have had good luck with Winchester 231. I use home cast 124 grain Lead Round Nose in my Beretta 92F. Works great, no leading and accuracy is all I could ask for.
    Works good for 38, 9mm, 40s&w, 45acp 44 spl, and 45 colt.
     
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    I like hp-38/W231 when using lead, I have discovered more leading in the barrel after using titegroup and prefer a slower burning powder for that reason.
     
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    I've used Bullseye, Unique, Herco, Blue Dot and 231 - all with success with lead bullets in 9mm.
     
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    Green Dot is my favorite 9mm powder -- and I mostly shoot cast bullets in everything. But I'm about out of it and will probably not buy any more for a while because Alliant "Promo" is good too and a lot cheaper (and I have about 7 pounds of it)

    Bob
     
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    I have had excellent results using 4.3 to 4.5gr of Unique with a 124gr cast lead bullet.:)
     
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    W231, Unique, and Universal Clays are probably the best in a 9m/m; but
    then again its hard too beat the old standby- Bullseye for light loads. ;)
     
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    I tend to look at "older" powders like unique, 231, the alliant/hercules dot series, etc. for lead bullets and "newer" powders like titegroup, etc. for jacketed bullets. Sorry, I shoot mostly lead bullets but did buy some titegroup for 9mm FMJ recently.
     
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