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OK - so certain smokeless powders for pistol loads are now becoming harder to get. Alliant Green Dot and Red Dot powders, which were designed for shotshells, however, are available at at least two large Internet retailers and I have found reciepes for their use in handgun loads.

Are these a poor choice for pistol or are they perfectly good for this purpose?

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Many shotgun powders double as pistol powders.

If there is published tested data to support it, go for it.

My favorite 45 ACP powder is WST a Shotgun powder.
 

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I use Solo 1000 in my 230 gr 45 acp loads for 1911, and
RedDot in my 185 gr HBRN 45 acp loads for my S&W 625.

Both are normally considered shotgun powders.
 

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Many years ago, a fella decided to reload his shotgun hulls, then found out he didn't like to and gave me a 15 lb canister of Red Dot.
I use it for .45 ACP and light LC loads, as well as .40 S&W and .44 Spec.
It's not the best or perfect in some cases, but it works all around.
 

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I had some Herco that I used to load 20ga. I found loading information for 124gr bullets, so I used it up loading 9mm. It worked OK. I also use Green Dot for 9mm. It works OK also.
 

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A year or two ago, I bought some Green Dot because it was relatively inexpensive and I remember that it was an efficient powder for .38 Special. Plus, it is supposedly cleaner-burning than it was back in the early 90s.

Although my older manuals from the early and mid 90s have a lot of handgun loads listed for Green Dot, Alliant's web site now has very few. I reloaded 50 .45 Auto Rim cartridges with it a few months ago, using 230 FMJ bullets and older reloading data, but haven't gotten to the range to test them yet. If anything, the bullet may be too slow - the charge I used for 230 FMJ is about what they now recommend for 230 RNL.

If anybody has any recent experience with using Green Dot for .45 ACP or AutoRim, please chime in...

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High guy's, I've been reading alot of posts and have seen alot of questions/answers for same, but does anyone have load data for the old .38ACP? Instead of guessing between 38Super/9mm and .380 I haven't been able to locate actual (factual) load information. I found the original cartridge info but not a load info. And for thosoe of you who have been looking as well, go to Wikipedia and type in 38 ACP to get case/bullet sizing.

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i have tested Green Dot on my .45ACP and 5.2gr with a Hornady 230 XTP gave an average velocity of 806 fps, and the deviation was 26 (not very consistent, but it worked fine for practice)

you might check out stevespages.com as he has a huge reloading database


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High guy's, I've been reading alot of posts and have seen alot of questions/answers for same, but does anyone have load data for the old .38ACP? Instead of guessing between 38Super/9mm and .380 I haven't been able to locate actual (factual) load information. I found the original cartridge info but not a load info. And for thosoe of you who have been looking as well, go to Wikipedia and type in 38 ACP to get case/bullet sizing.

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The only load data that I can find is from Cartridges Of The World. It only gives two loads in the edition I have, both using a 130 grain bullet.
1. 4.2 grains of Bullseye
2. 6.0 grains Accurate #5
Both of these should be considered max loads for the old guns this cartridge was chambered in. Not much to go on, but I hope it helps some.
 

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My LEE book has data for 38 ACP. What are you looking for exactly. What bullet weight?
These are the powders listed:
ACCUR#2
ACCUR#5
ACCUR#7
IMR 800X
IMR 700X
IMR PB
SR 4756
SR 7625
BLUE DOT
UNIQUE
HERCO
BULLSEYE
RED DOT
GREEN DOT
WIN 231
Everything above is from LEE's first manual.

His latest and greatest has even more loads.

If you can, pick one up. Its by far the cheapest manual out there with more load data in it than you can shake a stick at.
 
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