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Looking for a good all around pistol powder

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by biga972, Oct 12, 2011.

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  1. biga972

    biga972 Member

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    I load for 380, 9mm, 40, 45acp. I have been using titegroup but thinking there might be a better powder out there for me.


    The titegroup in my 45 seems to blow back unburnt powder that I am not happy with.

    9mm and 45 it leaves a big burnt mark on the cases.


    Looking for opinions.
     
  2. MtnCreek

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    Don't know anything about .380, but the other 3 can be loaded w/ HP38 for pretty good plinker loads. If you wanted something w/ a little more horsepower, try Power Pistol.
     
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    W231/HP-38 would be a good alternative. Will burn clean with no particles hitting your face/arm at mid-to-high range load data and no burn marks on side of cases.
     
  4. The Bushmaster

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    W-231.....Period.
     
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    I use Unique as my base target pistol powder. You can find data for any caliber from 380 to 44 mag with this powder. It's cost effective too. Nothing fancy but its Mr. Magic for pistols.

    You didn't ask, but I use Blue Dot for my magnum loads in 44 and 10MM.
     
  6. Steve H

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    W 231 or Unique
     
  7. REL1203

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    W231 or Universal
     
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    Unique. It it's called that for a reason.
     
  9. sellersm

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    Win 231/HP38 for lighter loads, Unique for full power. Power Pistol is a good choice as well, but it has more muzzle flash if that matters to you (you should see it out of my compensated glock barrels!!!).
     
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    I thought OP was asking for alternate to faster burning Titegroup ...

    Yes, slower than Unique for full-power loads.
     
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    Hs-6, wst...
     
  12. CZ57

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    Made to load in everything from .380 to .454, Ramshot True Blue works for all pistol cartridges and meters like fine sand. The better ball powder equivalent to Unique. ;)
     
  13. 1SOW

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    True Blue will run, but it's a slow powder that's dirty and has lots of muzzle blast with light loads in 9mm.

    bds:
    231/HP38 to replace Titegroup
    OR Vihtavuori n320
     
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    I also use alot of tightgroup but I like A#5 also.
     
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    I may be in the minority, but I like Bullseye for non-Magnum handgun loads. Meters well, goes a long way, and I don't mind the somewhat snappy recoil you get from a fast powder. I use it in .40 S&W and .38 SPL.
     
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    If I was runnin out the door as the SHTF I`d grab all the 231/hp38 I could to go with the rest in the bug out bag !!!

    Good all `round powder ,if I had to say where it shines it would be 5.0grs. in 45 acp 230gr. hardball ammo.

    Meters good as water & burns fairly clean if the pressures are close to moderate .
     
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    Bullseye or Green Dot or HP38. Or Promo if you're just loading light target stuff.

    I just discovered Rex3 powder a few months ago. Great stuff; it's like a single-base version of Universal Clays. Of course the company went under and it all disappeared before I could buy a bunch.
     
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    Universal or 231.

    I guess I'm in the minority, but I detest Unique. Rifle powders are one thing, but life's too short to load with handgun powders that meter poorly.
     
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    Unique is an ideal all around powder but ought to be loaded on the high end, otherwise since it is a lower pressure powder, you'll get exactly what you have with your current loads, blowback in your face, sooty cases and lots of unburned flakes left over. I've never had a problem metering Unique with my powder measures, but like the above post some folks have a problem with it.

    If you are looking for reduced loads, Red Dot burns fast, gets the pressure up quickly and is bulky enough to notice a double charge. You won't get the maximum velocities that you do with Unique or Power Pistol because it burns up all at once before the bullet goes very far, but with the higher pressures with lower charges, the case expands to seal off the gasses quickly.

    Promo burns similar to Red Dot, but costs way less. The only catch is that you have to buy 8 pounds at a time.
     
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    I have to add my voice to W231. (HP-38) It will be a good replacement for Titegroup. It's an outstanding powder for both the .380 and .45 ACP. It works very will in the 9mm too but in the 40 S&W it might be just a little on the "just OK" side but that's a guess because I don't load for the 40 S&W. I do load the others and I use W231. In the 40 S&W W231 will generate about 100 fps less than the slower powders like Longshot. (which is the best powder for the 40 S&W IMO)

    There is a new powder that will do all 4 calibers well, it's Winchester AutoComp. I have not used it personally but I know a few reloaders who have and they do like AutoComp in all 4 of the calibers you are asking about. I'm a big fan of W231 and I can recommend it because I use it but because of the 40 S&W being in the mix AutoComp might be a better choice.
     
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    Guys thanks for the all the post I thank I will try 231. Seems to be the fav. I do have some autocomp at the house and will do some trials on the 40 of it and the 231.


    Thanks again
     
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    Unique or 231.
     
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    I would find some good loads for the AutoComp that you have on hand before I purchased the 231. It's a good powder for the 9, 40 & 45. It'll give more velocity / recoil than a mid range 231 load. When shopping for Win 231, I buy it labeled as HP-38; it's a little cheaper (but same-same).
     
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    How does AutoComp work in revolver cartridges? Especially .38 Special +P and midrange .41 Magnum. Anybody tried it?

    That's one of the things I hate about using TG in .38. I have just a little bit left and am gonna use it up in 9mm; hoped the tapered case would prevent the scorch marks on the brass.
     
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    Power Pistol, top performance or mid-range appropriate. The flash can be a bit much, but for practice it isn't an issue like, say #9.
     
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