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

    Kentuckian New Member

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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

    Mark New Member

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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.
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