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Good pistol powder?
« on: February 24, 2014, 12:36:33 pm »
So I've got my new Dillon 550 set up to reload for my pistols. I will be loading mostly .44 Specials (heavy and lighter stuff), 38 Special and 357 Magnum, 45 ACP and 40 S&W. Whats a good all around powder for these types of loads?
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    Re: Good pistol powder?
    « Reply #1 on: February 24, 2014, 12:38:53 pm »
    I always used Unique when reloading my .38/.357, .45 ACP, and 9mm.

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    « Reply #2 on: February 24, 2014, 01:50:15 pm »
    I use W231 for 9mm, .40, and .45. I don't load for revolvers yet.
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    Re: Good pistol powder?
    « Reply #3 on: February 24, 2014, 02:06:14 pm »
    Unique and Universal Clays have wide spectrum utility. 

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    « Reply #4 on: February 24, 2014, 11:58:06 pm »
    WW 231 will work for any of the stuff listed.  Its my go to for .45 ACP and I imagine it would work well in .44 Special as well.  It has the added bonus of being easy to meter on a progressive machine. 
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    « Reply #5 on: February 25, 2014, 03:49:46 am »
    There is no one do-it-all powder for light through heavy loads. That said, the closest to a universal powder for handgun cartridges is probably still Unique.  Power Pistol is almost as good. At the lower end I use Bullseye or HP-38.  At the top my powders of choice are 2400 and 300MP.
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    « Reply #6 on: February 25, 2014, 10:54:13 am »
    I don't use HP38/231 in big revolver cases.  I like using something less dense.  Green Dot is a staple for light loads.  I doesn't meter quite as well as the ball powders, but is much more filling.

    I'm having trouble finding many powders in stock right now, but Hodgdon Longshot is easy to find and will load full power pistol and midrange magnum revolver loads.

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    « Reply #7 on: February 25, 2014, 09:47:30 pm »
    Universal clays gets my vote for this application.  It and unique are all but directly interchangeable, however, universal clays burns cleaner in my experience.

    As has been noted by scarville, top performance in the 357 mag will require something like 2400, AA7, or vit N110.
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    « Reply #8 on: February 26, 2014, 04:52:37 pm »
    No mention of Titegroup?  Seems people use it for a lot of different calibers but Unique seems to be what everyone wants in Utah.
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    Re: Good pistol powder?
    « Reply #9 on: February 27, 2014, 02:09:29 am »
    Titegroup is quite a bit faster than unique, more in line with bullseye and red dot.   It is an option, and can work quite well for mild loads, even up to midrange loads.  But it's also not very forgiving on the top end of it's pressure curve, and given the small charge weights it may be position sensitive in the relatively large 44 special cases, even in the smaller (but long) 357 mag cases.

    As always, testing would be required.
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    Re: Good pistol powder?
    « Reply #10 on: February 27, 2014, 09:25:17 am »
    Titegroup is quite a bit faster than unique, more in line with bullseye and red dot.   It is an option, and can work quite well for mild loads, even up to midrange loads.  But it's also not very forgiving on the top end of it's pressure curve, and given the small charge weights it may be position sensitive in the relatively large 44 special cases, even in the smaller (but long) 357 mag cases.

    As always, testing would be required.

    Concur.  I use Green Dot in this application.  Just a touch slower and more forgiving.  Red Dot is similar and has ever so slightly less bulk.

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