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Powder for both .45 and 9mm rec?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by CMV, Dec 19, 2011.

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  1. CMV

    CMV Member

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    What would be a good powder to use for both .45 acp and 9x19? Maybe the 'best' for one is only marginal in the other so I'm looking for something that will perform well in both even though there might be something better for one.

    Preferably not Hodgdon brand. Nothing against it but less chance of screwing something up if the containers for pistol and rifle powder are as dissimilar as possible.

    FMJ 115 gr for 9mm and 230 gr for .45 probably if that makes a difference.
     
  2. bds

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    Not a problem. How about Winchester 231? It's same exact powder Hodgdon puts in the HP-38 container for less. ;)

    My reference loads for 9mm and 45ACP that fed/chambered well in most pistols with good accuracy:

    9mm 115 gr FMJ - 4.8 gr W231 at 1.125"-1.135" OAL (.375" taper crimp)
    45ACP 230 gr FMJ - 5.0 gr W231 at 1.250"-1.260" OAL (.470"-.471" taper crimp depending on the barrel chamber)

    I have used Alliant Bullseye in both 9mm and 45ACP with good accuracy but it produced snappier recoil in 9mm and burned not as clean as W231.
     
  3. zxcvbob

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    Bullseye. Or Promo for cheap and accurate target loads.
    AA#5 looks really good on paper, but I haven't tried it.
     
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  5. Walkalong

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    AA #2, AA #5

    Bullseye, Unique

    Zip, True Blue

    N330, N340

    Among others

    I used either W-231 & AA #5, depending on power level, in both for years.
     
  6. k4swb

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    Winchester WSF. Excellent powder and clean burning. I use WST but load data for that in 9mm may be iffy.
     
  7. Striker Fired

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    WSF again,AA#5,Win 231,Power Pistol,N320,N330,N340 to name a few again.Sillhouette if you use stronger loads.
     
  8. rcmodel

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    Unique is all I use for both.
    And almost every other handgun caliber I load.

    It's fine in .45 ACP, and more finer in high pressure calibers like the 9mm.

    Thats why it is so "Unique".

    rc
     
  9. RevolverDan

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    +1 for AA #2. Haven't used it in 9mm (cause I don't own one) but it's my go to for .45 ACP, .38 Spl, and .45 LC.
     
  10. Shmackey

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    I've got my own WST load data for 9mm. I decided to work up loads with it because it's such a good powder. It's now my go-to powder for both .45ACP and 9mm, just like the OP wants. :)

    231 will also do the trick, but WST is cleaner and I would say a touch more accurate.
     
  11. pandc

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    I use AA 7 for both....works well
     
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    I also use WST on 45 auto and 9mm. I have seen load data for WST and 9mm in the new Hornady manual. Other than that I haven't seen much.
     
  13. Scimmia

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    +1 I use Unique for most of my "normal" pistol loads, including 45 ACP and 9mm.
     
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    WSF is good
    I load WST for 9 (124FMJ) and for 45 (230FMJ)
     
  15. Cherokee

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    231 is my choice (HP38) followed by WST. There are others that will work in both, those are my choices.
     
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    Check out www.ramshot.com and look at data for ZIP and Silhouette. If you want full velocity Silhouette will get it done in 9mm and in .45 ACP I use it with jacketed bullets to get factory load velocity or better. ;)
     
  17. RandyP

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    Lots of good choices, I use only one powder for the 4 calibers I reload - Win 231/HP-38. Keeps my powder inventory simple and eliminates the possibility of grabbing the wrong powder for a given caliber.
     
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    I started using WSL when it first came out and had to figure out the data on my own. When it was discontinued I switched to WST and had to do most of that again. There is more WST data now but still not much. I use it in .44 mag, 9mm, 38/.357 mag and .45 ACP.

    A really pleasant powder to use and the cleanest burning powder I've ever used. They will probably discontinue it now.
     
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    WSF or Unique- they both are great in either caliber.
     
  20. Walkalong

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    Zip seems to be a "kissing cousin" to W-231, both in looks and performance.

    Same goes for Competition and WST. The very little difference in performance in my load tests could be no more than lot differences.

    I just finally bought some Silhouette, and have only tried one thing with it.
     
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    I like Power Pistol for both 9mm and 45acp, same powder and charge to keep it simple!:D
     
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    Universal Clays

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  23. Bmac1949

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    Bullseye in my .45 and my 9X18. All I've used in the Mak is Bullseye so I don't have anything to compare it with. It works well and I have plenty of powder so I'll leave it there for awhile. The only other powder I've used in the .45 is Blue Dot and I couldn't get it to shoot as well as Bullseye.
     
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    Have used Bullseye and Unique in target loads for 45 ACP but not have to get some WST to compare with the 231 I picked up last week.
    Great post answers thanks
     
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    Hodgdon Universal
     
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