Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Alabama2010, Apr 5, 2010.
It certainly isn't AA2230 for .223, and it isn't IMR4895 for the M-1.
Although those are both very good choices.
As for Red Dot in the .45 ACP?
Nothing wrong with that either is that's what you have.
I pick a powder based on several load manuals.
For rifles, I look for one that is near the top of velocity listings without being a compressed charge.
That will insure good load density in the case, and generally will result in something that will be fairly accurate without a lot of load development.
For Magnum handguns, the usual suspects are all there is. (2400, H110, WW296, AA #9, etc)
For standard calibers? I have used Bullseye, Red Dot, and Unique far too long to remember how I selected them.
But it was probably because there wasn't much else in the loading manuals back then.
And the fact I used Red Dot in shotguns and had it on hand.
You could do worse.
They list data from all of the major powder and bullet manufacturers all in one spot. It's a good place to start.
there are surely better powders for hi-pressure cartridges but low pressure it's fine.
Why do you think not?
Fast powder for light loads
Medium burning powder for medium loads
Slow burning powder for heavy loads
For the .45 ACP, I find Unique, AAC #5, Power Pistol, HP-38 all seem to work well.
Red Dot is a good powder. It's fast, and peaks quickly, but very clean and usually accurate.
Like rc said, you could do worse........a lot worse IMHO.
After reading all the informercials in Gun Magazines, and trying powders on my own, I have found three gun powders that cover the entire pistol spectrum with perfection: Bullseye, Unique and 2400.
If I had to go with one, it would be Unique.
Red Dot is not bad, I have used it in 44 Spl, it shot well.
Though, like Slamfire said, if I could only have one powder to cover all my handgun reloading, it would be Unique.
handgun applications; I like Hodgdon's Universal Clays. Why~?
Because we all know that Unique is a very flithy burning powder,
and that 2400 leaves a lot of unburned grandules even in magnum
loadings. Also,we know that Bullseye should be used CAREFULLY;
and only in light handgun loads. Finally, I have had great success
with Universal Clays and as a back-up Tite-Group or AA-5~!
Both do well in moderate loads, which I use a few of, and both are great in +P and +P+ loads, which I load literally by the thousands.
While they aren't as nearly as good as H110 in the magnums, they're acceptable even there.
RC said..."For rifles, I look for one that is near the top of velocity listings without being a compressed charge.
That will insure good load density in the case, and generally will result in something that will be fairly accurate without a lot of load development." This is great advice I think, but I don't have the luxury of time or money to invest in experiementing with a wide array of powders, and was hoping there was a resource that was reliable that was based on years of reloading experiences by many shooters and manufacturers.
I usually use Bullseye/Red Dot for shorter barreled compact pistols and HS6/WSF for full-length 1911/full power loads, but have successfully used all of above for 9mm/40S&W/45ACP loads (the difference being the "snappy vs push" recoil depending on the burn rate of the powder).
FYI, It's been mentioned on previous threads that 700X, Ramshot Zip and Green Dot have similar burn rate as W231/HP38, which are my "go-to" and accurate match load powders (easy to meter, consistent powder charge, clean burning and plenty of load data for most pistol calibers).
What is your objection to "heavily compressed powder charges???"
I've used them for decades in some of my most accurate rifles and pistols.
I've thought about converting my .45 loads to Unique, thereby reducing my pistol powder inventory to one powder , but the performance of Bullseye gives me no reason to abandon it after all these years.
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RC & Walkalong explained it well.
I select which powder to use mostly by burn rate matched to the velocity goal of the ammo. I have some favorites for particular cartridges. For top magnum loads with heavier bullets in the .357 and .41 mag its 2400, for cast bullets in either of these its Unique for light jacketed bullets its Blue Dot. For military ball and defense ammo equivalents in the .45 its Unique, target ammo its one of the faster powders I have on hand like Red Dot, Green Dot, AA#2, W231. For factory +p in the .38 spl its either Unique or W231. For jacketed 9mm defense equivalents its Power Pistol or Unique.
Is that like dating vs marriage?
JK - back to OP.
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