Best Pistol Powder?

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by VegasTech702, Sep 14, 2006.

Best Pistol Powder

  1. Unique

    42 vote(s)
  2. Blue Dot

    5 vote(s)
  3. Bullseye

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

    25 vote(s)
  1. VegasTech702

    VegasTech702 New Member

    Sep 10, 2006
    Las Vegas, NV
    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

    May 10, 2004
    Win 231 should have been a choice

  3. inplanotx

    inplanotx Active Member

    Jan 28, 2002
    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

    Aug 22, 2006
    South Central Texas
    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

    oldgunfan Member

    Sep 12, 2006
    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.

    BIGBOOMER New Member

    Sep 19, 2006
    The Great Northwest
    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 Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2001
    Here at TFF
    I get the best groups with WW 231.
  9. lslubecki

    lslubecki New Member

    Mar 15, 2005
    W231 gets my vote. No smoke. And I mean no smoke. Nothing like Bullseye.

  10. Kimber Man

    Kimber Man New Member

    May 12, 2004
  11. Kentuckian

    Kentuckian New Member

    Jun 6, 2006
    For me, it's Power Pistol.

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

    kansas45 Member

    Sep 29, 2006
    Between Two Rivers
    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

    Jul 1, 2006
    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.

  14. LDBennett

    LDBennett Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2003
    Hesperia, CA
    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.

  15. Swede

    Swede New Member

    Apr 30, 2006
    Well then another one for 231. Although I just picked up a pound of Titegroup to try out.
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