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Old 02-28-2013, 05:27 PM   #1
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Default What is the best powder for cast 40 cal bullets.

I have been using 4.6 grains of bullseye powder for my 180 grain cast .40 bullets. The kick is generally okay, but I was wondering if anyone knows of a cheaper and less recoil powder but equal accuracy for USPSCA and IDPA service division legal loads?
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Old 02-28-2013, 06:04 PM   #2
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Around my neck of the woods, Bullseye is about as cheap as your going to get ($17-$18 per pound last time I looked, for a 1 lb bottle, local retailer.) TiteGroup & Red Dot are similarly priced, as is Unique. I like Unique a bit better in .40 S&W. A bit more room between min & Max loads. But due to larger charges, it's going be slightly more cost per round. While, noticeably more $$, Accurate #5 is an excellent powder for .40 S&W also.
Sorry, but Power Factor I can't speak to. Ditto with "felt recoil."
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For .40 cal.
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AAC#7
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I have used 5.0 grains Bullseye with the 180 gr cast for a long time. Very accurate and the recoil seems 'in the middle' for me. I would encourage you to try 8.0 grains Blue Dot - have some real nice groups. Unique has done good as well. Planning on testing with AA#5 and AA#7 soon. Good Luck
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I've alternated between Bullseye and Power Pistol, but prefer Power Pistol.
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I use Titegroup for all my pistol loads. I have found that it works well in 40 for me.
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4.5 gr Red Dot over a 175 gr TC cast bullet for me.
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From the safety point I will not use any powder (Bullseye, Red Dot, Titegroup,) that will not overflow the case with a double charge.

Especially in high pressure rounds like .40, 9MM, .357 Mag, etc.
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I use Titegroup for all my pistol loads also. I purposely double charged a case of each cal. to see what it would look like, and you can def. tell. Make a habit of looking over your charged cases and you will be fine.
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I use Titegroup for all my pistol loads also. I purposely double charged a case of each cal. to see what it would look like, and you can def. tell. Make a habit of looking over your charged cases and you will be fine.
That will work on a single stage, but I, and lotsa others use progressives.
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