favorite powder for 45ACP

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  1. springerbuster

    springerbuster New Member

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    I fairly new to reloading but I have some experience in 9mm and 223. I have had good luck with those calibers and have loaded maybe 4000 rounds total. Now I would like to venture into 45ACP. I've ordered my dies and 230 gr bullets, picked up 1000 large pistol primers this weekend. I am looking for a good powder for 45ACP. Looking for your favorite powder for 45ACP 230gr loads. Any help would be appreciated.
  2. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

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    I have been using Titegroup lately for .45 ACP. It meters very nicely in the Dillon powder measures. I personally use 5.5 grains of titegroup powder for the 230 grain bullet.
  3. 312shooter

    312shooter Active Member

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    Powerpistol under 230's is great.
  4. woolleyworm

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    In order of my preference : W231, Titegroup and Bullseye.
  5. doug66

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    Over the past 25+ years I've tried quite a few, but have returned to Bullseye and Unique. They may not be the best powders out there, but they are readily available and do the job just fine.
    I use them for; 38/357, 44mag too.
  6. Kieran McCaig

    Kieran McCaig New Member

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    I use titegroup for all my reloading and have no problems with it.
  7. Insulation Tim

    Insulation Tim Active Member

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    I've been using WIN 231 for about the last 4 pounds. It seems to work well at 4.5 grains for a target load.
  8. jdon72

    jdon72 New Member

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    It seems everyone has some good choice in the powders...I love unique in mine. If you have a shorter barrell, I would use one of the faster burning powders though.
  9. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

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    I use the mike venturino loads of either 5.0 gr of bullseye under a 230 gr bullet or 5.4 gr HP-38/WW-231 under a 230 gr bullet. i cast my own bullets and muzzle velocity is 830 fps from my 1911.

    BTW, WW-231/HP-38 is my all time favorite pistol powder (its actually 2 powders but they are the same and data is interchangeable). Hodgdon owns HP-38 and winchester owns WW-231. and incidentally Hodgdon powder corporation owns IMR, winchester and Hodgdon... Alliant makes bullseye and it too is a fantastic powder;)
  10. AngelDeville

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    Titegroup, and Unique are always in my cabinet
  11. The_Vigilante

    The_Vigilante New Member

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    Clay's was made for .45 ACP and 230g. I use 3.6/7 grains and it is a soft-shooting load.
  12. 308 at my gate

    308 at my gate New Member

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    I am with you, and like the Bullseye and Unique.
  13. more forty fives

    more forty fives New Member

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    AA#5 and Bullseye I tried Rex2 recently and I like it a lot.The price is good to.
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    Another vote for AA#5. AA powders are the only thing on my reloading table. Except for a can of Win a firend talked me into trying. I didn't like it. It took 3 times more powder to make a load with the Winchester, and you could easily tell that the powder was burning in the air in fort of the barrel.
  15. RustyFN

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    Titegroup was my go to powder for everything. I still like it but I tried WST in my 45 and am much happier. It is accurate and very clean. I use 4.8 grains under a 200 grain LSWC.
  16. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

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    I just got finished loading all of my .45 bullets. Now I need to go buy or cast some .45 bullets since I used every .45 slug in the house. :eek::(

    I was out of titegroup so I used Winchester 231. I loaded 124 rounds with 230 grain ball RN being pushed by 5.4 grains of W231 and 24 rounds with a 200 grain HP being pushed by 6.4 grains of W231.

    For years, I used nothing but Bullseye or Unique, I think that was all they made back then,;):D
  17. samurai

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    I have been using WST and Titegroup.
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    Win 231, also packaged as HP-38. They are the exact same powder simply in different labeled containers; at least according to the guy at Hodgdon who replied to my e-mail last year - lol
  19. DGG!

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    Bullseye works well in my Para SX1445 high cap with most bullet types. A little goes a very long way. I'm currently using 4.6 to 5.0 gr.

    It meters very accurately for me when reloading.
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2010
  20. Terry_P

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    +1. I like Power Pistol for both 40 S&W and 45 ACP.
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