ACCURATE POWDER?

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  1. mgatc

    mgatc New Member

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    Thinking about changing to Accurate powder for pistol loads. I can use Accurate #2 or #5 in the .380, .357mag, and .40.

    Pros and cons? Accuracy? Clean? Does it meter well?

    Other options with similar range of calibers and loads?

    Thanks,
    m
  2. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

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    You wont find a cleaner powder
    You wont find a powder that meters better
    There are more accurate powders out there but the difference is neglegible
    #2 and #5 can be loaded in just about anything that shoots from a pistol (its alot like unique and titegroup that way)
  3. mgatc

    mgatc New Member

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    Nice endorsement JLA.

    Now, if you had to pick between #2 and #5??? What is the primary difference between the two?
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    Not a lot of data for #2 in the 357, so between the two #5 is it. Me, I like #7 in the 40 and the 357, the 380 I do not have, but if I did I would go with #5.
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    steve nailed it. #2 is the faster of the two and is best suited to little rounds like the .25ACP, .32ACP, and the .380ACP. #5 is the most versatile of the accurate powders 2 thru 9, finding applications in just about everything that fits in a handgun... 7 and 9 are best suited to magnum class handgun rounds.
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    I've got 2 and 5. I think of 'em like Bullseye and Unique. 25, 32 and 380, maybe 9mm. And 380 up.
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    I've been using Accurate powder for over 20 years, it's all I use in handguns. #2, #5, #7, and #9 will load any pistol cartridge out there. (Not for TC loads) As stated above, the higher the # the slower the burn. One of the things I really like about the Accurate powders is that you will find a load that will use less powder than most others.
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    thus making it a more bang for your buck powder.
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    And that's what reloading is all about! Saving money!
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    not so much for me, it does allow me to shoot alot more and shoot far more accurate ammo.
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    Well if it isn't accurate, then why bother, no matter the price! I do agree with you. It allows me to shoot more, and do it accuratly, and still spend less!
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    DO NOT use #5 in 40S&W. It was responsible for numerous Kbs in 40 cal back in the day and Accurate even warns to not use #5 in 40 caliber. I would also not use #2. AA7 on the other hand is a spectacular 40 caliber powder.

    The only other powder I can say is better is the Viht powders, but they cost alot more.
  13. noylj

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    231/HP38 and AA2 are very close to being universally accurate in handgun cartridges at target/mid-range loads (700-850fps). This is particularly true in .45ACP and .38 Special Wadcutter.
    AA5 is amazingly accurate in .40S&W.
    AA7 and AA9 can be very accurate in 10mm Auto and .45WinMag.
    In 9mm, I find 231/HP38, Red Dot, and Silhouette to be accurate.
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    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

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    I have to completely agree with these statements, with the exception that I have never used #2
    I use #5 and #7
  15. mgatc

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    Contacted Accurate and they said the problem was not with the powder or the round, but with un-supported chambers. Company's response below:

    "That’s not true.
    It was due to the fact of un-supported chambers and can happen with any powder.
    Because our Ano5 is one of the most popular powders for high performance semi auto handguns it occurred more often with that"

    m
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