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What powder should I put on my Christmas list?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by jwcrosby, Dec 8, 2010.

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  1. jwcrosby

    jwcrosby Member

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    I have been reloading .357 for a while now, using Missouri Bullets’ Match 158 gr. SWC with Bullseye or Trailboss. I recently purchased a Springfield Armory 9mm XD (4” barrel) and I have a good supply of Missouri Bullets’ 115 grain Parabellum bullets. I know I could probably use Bullseye with them, but I’m open to trying a new powder if anyone has a suggestion. Thought it might make for a good “stocking stuffer!” (I mostly do range/target shooting.)

    Thanks.
     
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    Everyone except me uses WW-231 for lighter loads in all those calibers.

    I'm so old I still use Unique for almost everything.

    I think Bullseye is really not a great powder for 9mm, as it is really fast.
    WW-231 is a little bit slower, and Unique is slower still.

    Either will give a little longer duration slide impulse then Bullseye, which should help functioning to some degree without pounding the gun to death.

    rc
     
  3. orrwdd

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    RCModel hit it right on the head!

    Bill
     
  4. 32dgrz

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    9mm WST or WSF
    Unique but it doesn't meter as well
    I shoot a lot of 9's. WST for me
     
  5. mbopp

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    231 or Unique. I'm with rc and use Unique.
     
  6. Walkalong

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    If you don't have any W-231 or Unique, buy one of them.
     
  7. Shimitup

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    I've had pretty good results with HS6. Real nice metering.
     
  8. Hondo 60

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    Titegroup does a nice job with .357 & 9mm

    I also use it for .38 spl & (sometimes) 45 Colt.

    AA5 would probably be alright too (my other 45 Colt powder)
     
  9. Wildbillz

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    9MM I like Win 231. Done them with Unique before.
    357Mag and 38Spl hard to beat Unique.

    I just did up some low end 38Spls using Win 231, Unique and Bullseye. Now all I have to do is test them out.

    WB
     
  10. bds

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    As many posted, I think you'll find W231/HP38 very appropriate for your intended application of lead 9mm bullets.

    As rc posted, I found Bullseye loads for 9mm produce snappier and firmer recoil than W231/HP38. I do like Bullseye load for 115 gr jacketed bullets at high range load data.

    For plinking loads, I even find Promo/Red Dot with similar fast burn rate as Bullseye to be adequate for 9mm. I have tested Promo in 9/40/45 with good results, especially 4.0 gr for 200 gr LSWC 45ACP (produces surprisingly tight shot groups).
     
  11. floydster

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    Unique, hands down, a good all around powder:)
     
  12. HOWARD J

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    Power pistol------4.8gr. to max 6.7gr. for 115 gr. bullet for 9MM
     
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    Unique in my .357 and .45colt maybe 12ga also(haven't tried it yet).
     
  14. Seedtick

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    I like Power Pistol and HP 38 for 9mm.

    But 2400 is my favorite for 357 and more recently for 45 Colt.

    YMMV

    Seedtick

    :)
     
  15. Sky King

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    231 or Universal, both are cleaner firing than bulleye or unique and both meter more consistant than unique.
     
  16. ArchAngelCD

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    9mm w/lead bullets
    W231 and HS-6

    9mm w/jacketed bullets
    W231 and Longshot
     
  17. joed

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    I've used Unique forever, but have finally broke myself of that bad habit. It is a dirty powder and doesn't meter well.

    My replacement in Power Pistol. It gives great velocities and is very clean burning. Second choice would be Universal.
     
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    Ask Santa for some Accurate No. 5. It's perfect for all your stated uses.
     
  19. KosmicKrunch

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    I asked my wife to have santa send me 1-8lb of Trail Boss and 1-8lb of Universal for loading mild mid range .38's. I already have 8lb of HP38 and 8lb of Unique.
     
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    Green Dot works great with light 9mm cast bullets.
     
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    Unique is a good choice for range or target shooting.
     
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