Best Pistol Powder?

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Best Pistol Powder

  1. Unique

    42 vote(s)
    41.6%
  2. Blue Dot

    5 vote(s)
    5.0%
  3. Bullseye

    29 vote(s)
    28.7%
  4. Other: please specify with a post explaining

    25 vote(s)
    24.8%
  1. VegasTech702

    VegasTech702 New Member

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    I have been wanting opinions on reloading equipment and components and I would like to know what powder is best for pistols. I will be reloading .380 and 9mm to start with. I would like something that produces low smoke but has good results.
  2. 22WRF

    22WRF Well-Known Member

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    Win 231 should have been a choice
  3. inplanotx

    inplanotx New Member

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    I'm with 22WRF on the WW231. Great all around powder and lasts a long time.
  4. I have to go with Unique on this one. It meters well and most of all, it is applicable to so many calibers I load for, especially the .357 Sig behind a 125 grain bullet. Bullseye is a good powder, but it is VERY dirty I've noticed, but not really a problem if you clean thoroughly. For 9mm, I like AA #7 behind a 115 grainer, or alternately, Blue Dot if I'm looking for max velocity.
  5. Nighthawk

    Nighthawk New Member

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    used unique reloading 38 & 357 mag very clean and economical
    tried a few others always used more powder and left more residue to have to clean
  6. oldgunfan

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    For 380's and 9mm I like power pistol. For 38 spl-357 mag Unique or 2400. For 45acp I like HS6,power pistol,tightgroup but Unique is a jack of all trades.
  7. BIGBOOMER

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    I would have to agree with Popgunner on this. If I could only have one powder to reload all my handgun cartridges, it would be Unique. For full-bore loads in the magnum shells, and heavy loads in the old large blackpowder cases (in strong revolvers), 2400 is a top contender. I hear that Lil' Gun is a good alternate for 2400 applications, but I haven't tried that one yet. Unique and 2400 are my old standbys from way back. :)
    Best regards, BIGBOOMER
  8. Shooter45

    Shooter45 *Administrator* Staff Member

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    I get the best groups with WW 231.
  9. lslubecki

    lslubecki New Member

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    W231 gets my vote. No smoke. And I mean no smoke. Nothing like Bullseye.

    Steve
  10. Kimber Man

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    WW 231 my choice
  11. Kentuckian

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    For me, it's Power Pistol.

    I use it for .44 mag, .357 mag, .38 special, .45acp, & 357SIG.
  12. kansas45

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    Unique is a good all around powder. I only load 9mm & 45ACP. I like Power Pistol or W231 for my 9mm loads & Bullseye,Unique or W231 for the 45. Also I've found that different aspects of hand gunning requires different powders in different charges.
  13. Mark

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    All of you fellows must be doing the same kind of homework.

    Hodgdon Powder has a burning rate chart on their website. Hodgdon lists Winchester 231 as #20, and Unique as #21.

    Mark
  14. LDBennett

    LDBennett Well-Known Member

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    Hodgdon HP38 IS W231 and the reloding data can be used interchangeably.

    Hodgdon makes several rifle powders too, mostly ball powders, that feed through powder measures a lot better than the IMR or stick powders. For that reason Hodgdon is almost always my first choice when it comes to powders for pistols or rifles. I like their attitude, their products, and their history. Accurate arms pistol powder series are also good too (I have used #7 and #9 and like them too).

    It is hard today to get a bad powder. I like to use powders and bullets supported by full sized reloading manuals: Sierra, Hornady, Speer, Hodgdon, Accurate Arms.

    LDBennett
  15. Swede

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    Well then another one for 231. Although I just picked up a pound of Titegroup to try out.
  16. Oneida Steve

    Oneida Steve Active Member

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    I've used W-W 231 for over two decades in my .38 loads. Great stuff.

    Unique is a good powder, too. I use it for .44 Spl. and .45 Colt.
  17. stash247

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    WW231 is good stuff, as is Bullseye, but, for serious cartridges, .357, and up, look at ww296; pressure curve is steeper, but the external ballistics are awesome.
    In a ,22 Hornet (Rifle, strong action), .222 velocities are safely possible, with good accuracy!
    Burns much cleaner (what doesn't) than Unique.
    2400 is for Magnum loads, in strong pistols, or revolvers, but does the job, with good accuracy.
  18. polishshooter

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    I know a lot of guys that used 231 back in my IPSC days, but the "hot" powder for the .45 when I was getting out of it was Win 452AA....guys said it shot WELL and was much cheaper, but I never used it...I don't even know if they still make it....

    I on the other hand used 700x my whole "career" with my .45....for what were actually strange reasons....:p :cool:

    First, I was already loading shotgun and using 700x, so I had it around when I got set up for loading the .45, and when I looked at the manuals, found some good loads....plus, not having a lot of "extra" cash laying around in my younger days, it was one less expense at first....

    Then when I got the Lee auto-disc measure, I found the .66 hole dropped 4.9 grains uniformly, and it made major, had decent accuracy, so I stuck with it...


    BESIDES the fact that the old Auto-disc measure leaves you with "fixed" choices, the choices for 231 had a big gap between the two closest "holes," with the bigger one dropping 6.1 grains, which my loading manuals listing 6.0 as max...but I was afraid the smaller one might not make "major," so I was leery of trying it....


    SO I ended up sticking with the 700x...plus it was available in 1/2 lb cans, which came in handy when I needed powder and was short of cash....:cool:


    But while it WORKED well, I remember it WAS a little smoky, especially on HOT days, and it was a little dirty too....
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    I on the other hand used 700x my whole "career" with my .45....for what were actually strange reasons....:p :cool:

    Polish, it worked for you! Good Enough!
    Me, I wavered, and wandered, and am still not sure what is best; I work my best, and sort lots, continually, and still miss the big time , by a minute or two; go figger!
  20. mikecyr

    mikecyr New Member

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    I use the Bullseye and Unique for my 9mm but prefer the Bullseye. I can't comment on the low smoke isssue as I mostly shoot cast lead and the bullet lube causes all of my smoke...
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