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What is the Old Standby powder for .45acp

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Madmax, Dec 11, 2012.

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  1. Madmax

    Madmax Member

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    What is the "old standby" powders for the .45 ACP and 9mm Luger?

    Want to pick some powder up to start reloading both rounds. So many powders to pick from. Want to know what powder to use to reload pinking rounds for both.

    Thanks
     
  2. MtnCreek

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    HP38 for plinking.

    For full house loads:
    .45acp = ramshot silhouette.
    9x19 = HS6.
     
  3. Slamfire

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    For decades the "standby powders" for 45ACP were Bullseye or Unique. Bullseye is the original propellant used in the 1910 cartridges. I like Bullseye in the 45 ACP and use it for target loads in the 9mm. Power Pistol is a Bullseye variant that is very popular with the 9mm target crowd.

    I have used kegs of W231 in the 45 ACP and it also works well in the 9mm.
     
  4. oldpapps

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    "the "old standby" powders for the .45 ACP and 9mm"

    The classics would be 'Unique' and 'Bullseye', add one or more of the 'Dots' (Blue, Red & Green) for the 9s.

    I much prefer 231/HP38 for both. Add a little Titegroup and you've got 9s, 38s, 40s and 45s covered. For bigger/heavier magnum rounds (357, 41, 44 and bigger), some 2400 is classic. I would go with 296/H110 just because.
     
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    Unique---nothing else like it.
     
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    Unique and Bullseye. I use Unique for almost all my pistol cartridges as it fills the cases and prevents double-charges.
     
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    I recommend WSF for 9mm and .45. Performance very similar to Unique but meters though a powder measure more consistently.
     
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    I use Bullseye for 9mm, 38spl, and 45ACP.
     
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    Bullseye works in both very well. There are some powders that work better in 9mm, but it works great in 45acp.
     
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    W231/HP38 has served me well so far
     
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    I use nothing but Unique in both of them.

    rc
     
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    Bullseye.
     
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    yep, Bullseye, it's a little smoky,
     
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    Bullseye or Unique. They've been working for years and no complaints from me.
     
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    I use W231/HP38 in standard velocity loads for both 9mm and .45 ACP.

    I am using Bullseye for midrange and powderpuff loads in .45 because it gives more uniform low velocities than 231 or other Ball powders and meters better than other flake powders.
     
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    Win231 & Unique
     
  17. Boxhead

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    W231. Still all I use 30 years later. Same, same for the H&G 68.
     
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    I like W231 for 45 auto and 9mm seems to be a little cleaner burning. the guns i have in 45 and 9mm are stainless and they clean up a lot better than when unique is loaded in them.
     
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    I use unique personally
     
  20. LennieT

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    Yep, Unique.
    Lennie
     
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    Another happy user of 231/hp-38 for 9mm and 45 ACP. I have not tried any others though, I'm of the "if it ain't broke don't fix it" type.
     
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    I use to use unique. Now 700x for 45acp. I don't have a 9mm.
    Still use unique for.other things.
     
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    Another vote for Bullseye as my first choice and Unique for my second choice.
     
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    Unique for me.
     
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    I was becoming a big fan of Titegroup untill I tried Unique. I really like Unique for .45 and 9mm and for .44 mag lead loads too. Kinda hard to beat that versatility.
     
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