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Powder selection help needed!

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by bushrod2, May 20, 2010.

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  1. bushrod2

    bushrod2 Member

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    I reload for 44 mag. and 45 Colt. I load both at velocities between 900-1000 fps.I've been using Unique but it's dirty and smoky. What would be a good substitute, something that meters WELL, is not as case position sensitive. For the 44 I cast 200gr. for plinking and 300 gr, for bowling pins. The 45 I cast 255gr. soft lead for bowling pins. I've never used Universal Clays but heard it was good. Your thoughts would be appreciated.
     
  2. redneck2

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    I use Universal Clays...most excellent. Fluffy so it fills the cases a little more.

    AA#5 would also be another choice. Exceptional metering

    I'm sure there are others. I friggin' HATE Unique
     
  3. dwhite

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    +1 for Universal Clays. Meters great. Lots cleaner than Unique.

    All the Best,
    D. White
     
  4. Rotting

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    Might I suggest VV N-340? THAT is some clean burning powder. I've loaded quite a bit of 44 mag with it. I love it.
     
  5. kludge

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    Universal, No.5 or No.7 depending on Ruger or not Ruger.
     
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    I use Universal Clays for my lighter loads in 44 mag,45 Colt and 9mm Luger.
     
  7. Walkalong

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    Yep. Very good stuff. N320 is as well, and may be a better choice for those velocities in .44 Mag and .45 Colt, but the N340 will do it.

    As posted already, AA #5 and Universal are good ones to try. I would add True Blue & WSF to those "medium" speed powders. For fast powders, W-231, American Select, Red Dot, & 700X are worth a try.
     
  8. Steve C

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    If you are shooting lead bullets I think you will find that a change in powder gives you little to no improvement. Most of the dirt and smoke is from bullet lube and not the powder. A change in bullet lube or use of a copper plated bullet will make the most improvement.
     
  9. dagger dog

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    2400 will work in both, there is not lot of published data on 2400 with .45 Colt but if you google .45 Colt + P loads, you will see that there is quite a bit of data for 2400 and 45 Colt.

    John Linebaughs site at www.customsixguns.com has the article,The .45 Colt- Dissolving the Myth,Discovering the Potential, it is a real eye opener into .45 Colt high pressure loads for Ruger revolvers. The .44 Magnum data is available through most loading manuals.
     
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    you may try Ramshot True blue
     
  11. 1SOW

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    n320, expensive but clean, shoots great
     
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    I personally would prefer 2400 for that. It would load great, at standard pressure, in 45 colt to get that velocity. It would also be fine for 44mag.
     
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    Try Hogdon Tite Group, It works well with most caliber - Lead combinations meters well, pretty clean burning and as per Hogdon works well without filling the case.
     
  14. Ala Dan

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    I Like This Powder Very Much~!

    Another call for Universal; better known as Universal Clay's. ;) :D
     
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