Recomendations on bullets and powder

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by hero0526, Jun 2, 2009.

  1. hero0526

    hero0526 New Member

    Jun 2, 2009
    Hello all,

    I am about to venture into reloading with the assistance of my Grandfatehr who has reloaded before, but has been a few years. I intend to reload .45 ACP for a glock g30sf and .38/.357 magnum for a Colt python. This ammo will primarily be for target practice and I am looking for recomendations on bullet and powder combinations that work well in these pistols. I would like to get a powder that will work for both is possible. Please let me know what you guys think. I already have dies and press (lee) if that is usefull as well.
  2. retired grunt

    retired grunt New Member

    Mar 30, 2009
    Northern NY
    I shoot titegroup myself here is the link to hodgdon powder reloading data, pick the bullet weight and type you will be shooting and choose a powder that is available.

  3. Lotsdragon

    Lotsdragon New Member

    Apr 5, 2009
    Potosi, Mo
    HP 38 works fairly well in really depends on what grain/type of bullet you are going to use. Myself I load a bum full of 38's with trailboss, just about my favorite powder. Good luck and be safe......
    Last edited: Jun 2, 2009
  4. Lotsdragon

    Lotsdragon New Member

    Apr 5, 2009
    Potosi, Mo
    Oh and be careful of your wallet, its addictive as all get out..........
  5. doug66

    doug66 Member

    Jan 29, 2005
    Welcome aboard,

    158gr for 38/357
    200gr for 45ACP
    I use Unique for both, most importantly buy and read a modern reloading manual. I enjoy Lyman's.
  6. Terry_P

    Terry_P New Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    I have burned up a lot of Blue Dot in both those calibers over the years. My advice is to buy a brand new reloading manual like a Speer Manual as that will contain instructions, safety considerations and equipment choices for you to make. There may be a lot of new stuff out there since your Grandfather loaded and you can both learn together. The main thing is to stay safe and then have fun. Good luck.
  7. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    unique and bluedot are excellent all arounds for both cartridges. I also like the hp-38. some real good suggestions here...
  8. Suwannee Tim

    Suwannee Tim New Member

    Feb 11, 2009
    I don't like Blue Dot for 45 ACP or 38 Special, it is too slow for these applications. Blue Dot needs a lot of pressure to burn cleanly, more pressure than you will develop in any 45 or 38 load and it takes more BD to do the job than most other powders. Yeah, I know they publish data for it..... Unique is the slowest powder I will use in these cartridges and it works good enough and you can use it to load near magnum in 357, 44, etc. it also works well in 9mm. For most 38 and 45 loads I prefer Titegroup but HP38 is good too.
  9. 312shooter

    312shooter Well-Known Member

    Mar 17, 2008
    Las Vegas NV
    check out the thread "glock cast boollit help please" its a good one to keep in mind...... you may shoot lead cast bullets in your python but avoid shooting cast in your glock due to the rifling in these guns. Just a tip to consider. Have fun!
  10. hero0526

    hero0526 New Member

    Jun 2, 2009
    Some great suggestions here, thanks guys. Sounds like I got some research to do. But sounds like HP38 might be a good starting place to see what bullets I wanna use.
  11. 38 special

    38 special New Member

    Feb 14, 2009
    I dont load 45's but for 38's I like red dot, bullseye, and unique
  12. medalguy

    medalguy Member

    Feb 20, 2009
    New Mexico
    I load .45 with 230 gr FMJ, and I like Unique. Burns fast, good for short barrels, little flash & soot, meters very well. But you will find that most of these choices come down to simple personal choice. There's no one perfect powder or bullet.
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2009
  13. Insulation Tim

    Insulation Tim Well-Known Member

    Oct 29, 2008
    I started about 4 months ago and have reloaded several thousand .45 acp's using HP-38 and 185 gr. LSW bullets. It has worked well for me.

    Just for grins, I just loaded a couple hundred using 3.5 grains of Bullseye to see if I see a difference. So far, to my untrained palate, I can't. I still miss the "X". It must be time to buy a new fiddle as it sure can't be a problem with the fiddler.
  14. Bboomer

    Bboomer Member

    Nov 19, 2007
    I use Unique in all my pistols and revolvers along with a rifle or two. Bullseye also occupies my shelf space but use it seldom.
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