.45 ACP Powder

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  1. Squeak

    Squeak New Member

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    Is there a ball or extruded powder - not flake - that is suitable for loading .45 ACP?
  2. woolleyworm

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    My favorite go to powder for 45's is W231, it meters well and performs well.
  3. Waldog

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    Ditto!! W231 OR HP38 (SAME POWDER)
  4. Dirtypacman

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    W231 all the way
  5. Caneman

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    been playing around with Power Pistol and like it, but I need to try HP38/W231
  6. dbennett48

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    W231 for my 9mm and 45ACP.
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    Add another for 231.
    I burn 5.6gr under all bullets in my 45ACPs.
    Use the same charge under 240gr 44s in mag cases.
    Push it up a bit for 40S&W and pull it back a bit for 9s.
    231 does well all around for me.

    OSOK
  8. The Duke

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    W231---Ive shot a ton of Bullseye in the past and it also is a good powder and prob the most accurate powder ever for a .45ACP...Switched to W231 as it is a little cleaner burning...but either are great in ACP's.
  9. steve4102

    steve4102 Former Guest

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    If you want a true spherical powder then take a look at Ramshot and Accurate.
  10. bobpayne44

    bobpayne44 New Member

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    +1 What he said
  11. cpttango30

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    I use nothing but Hodgdon Titegroup in my 45acp. 5 to 5.5gr are a good easy plinker load behind a 200gr lead or rainer plated bullet.
  12. RustyFN

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    OK I'll be the minority here, I like WST. Very clean and accurate.
  13. medalguy

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    Bullseye, Unique, 231, AA #5 all have worked for me.
  14. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

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    I now use mostly titegroup in .45 but have used 231, bullseye, and AA#5.
  15. RandyP

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    When I first started to investigate reloading after hours of reading various forum posts acrosss the internet, I bought my first pound of Win 231/HP-38. After three years it is still all I use for 4 calibers. Works great, meters well, generally available and for MY low-mid range plinking needs it is a good fit.

    Several other names come up frequently as well so there really is no one 'best' answer to the question. .45ACP is a great caliber to begin the hobby reloading.
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    I have been using Unique since I started reloading 45s
    Sounds like 231 is the most popular going to have to try it next time I need powder
  17. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

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    If you want a fine spherical powder (im assuming so it meters consistently thru your measure) Look at AA#2 and AA#5.

    W231/HP38 and Titegroup are also spherical powders but have flattened granules which makes them like slick flake powders.

    I also find bullsye meters just as well as any spherical powder because it has teeny tiny flake granules and its one of my favs in the .45ACP.
  18. dbach

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    I like to use Hodgden Universal at 6 grains behind a 230 grain Berry's Plated bullet. Universal meters very well.
  19. myfriendis410

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    I've found the flake powders to meter about as well as any spherical powder. I use Unique and Clays in the .45, and have used Universal Clays in the past as well. I loaded 231 in one of my .45's years ago but discontinued using it due to mediocre accuracy.
  20. Squeak

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    Sounds like I need to run out & get me a can of W231.
    Anybody got a handle on what kind of FPS a given charge of W231 will put out?
    I use 230 grain Barry's plated bullets.
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