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wanting to get a military pull down powder, but unsure which one to look for

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by trickyasafox, Apr 15, 2006.

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  1. trickyasafox

    trickyasafox Member

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    I want to get into some more affordable powders, and i'd like some that are higher volume than i currently use for pistol loading (bullseye is my current powder)

    i want to load for:

    45acp
    9mm
    38sp (357, but not as important)

    i was thinking something with a burn rate like HS-6 HP-38 or Unique. are any military pulldown powders on the market available with similar qualities to this one?

    i saw gibrass.com had one that was like AA5, but they said its too course for progressive loaders, which is what i was looking to load on.

    any help is appreciated!
     
  2. DaveInFloweryBranchGA

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    For what you want to load, I think you'll be better to buy your powder in eight pound jugs, preferably from a local supplier of reloading supplies . Something like Clays or Titegroup. It'll reduce the cost to less than a penny a round to charge the case. That's the better way to save on powder costs. Use the milsurp powders to reload long arms. You'll get better loads and the cost difference spread out over that many rounds won't be noticeable.

    That said, Widener's and most outfits describe what the surplus powder is good for in their descriptions. If you're not sure, call them and ask. Start the loads at the bottom of the range and work your way up. Do not expect a different batch to behave the same as a previous batch.

    If you want to save money reloading, use lead bullets or better yet, cast your own. You can cut your cost per 50 of 45ACP to less than $1.50.

    Just my .02,

    Dave
     
  3. trickyasafox

    trickyasafox Member

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    thanks dave, im definatly looking to buy the 8lbs, but locally the prices are very high on powder, 23$ a lb, and often with no price breaks for bulk.

    i've heard SR4756 might be good but i can't seem to track it down. I might go with Unique, that seems to be a good, higher volume affordable powder.
     
  4. DaveInFloweryBranchGA

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    If you're going to reload with unique, you might want to learn how to make Ed's Red to clean your gun with. Another way to save money and gets powder fowling out as good or better than any of the high priced commercial stuff.

    If you have any gun shows in your area, try going there and pricing your powder in bulk. If you find a guy who deals strictly in reloading components there, he'll be your best deal. I picked up 8 pounds of Titegroup for $96.00 last time I bought some. Forget your local stores, they won't be competitive at all.

    Dave
     
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