Best powder for 45acp

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by fergsgunshop, Dec 30, 2012.

  1. fergsgunshop

    fergsgunshop New Member

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    Looking for powder for my 550 dil looking do find a good powder.
     
  2. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    i like unique for 45acp. it meters well and works great in that cartridge
     

  3. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Any fast to medium pistol powder will work. The .45 is a VERY forgiving cartridge. I have used Red Dot, Blue Dot, 700X, W-231, Unique, and probably a few others over the years. All seem to work just fine
     
  4. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    A can of Unique and a can of Bullseye will get you thru loading 98% of handgun ammo. I like Bullseye for revolvers, Unique for autos, but that is just my tastes.
     
  5. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    i have found Power Pistol by Alliant to work quite well in all the pistol cartridges i reload and gives very good results as far as accuracy. now how well it meters in a Dillon 550, i have no knowledge of. but you might want to look into it as well.
     
  6. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    i ordered a bit of power pistol from powder valley along with primers and a few other things. if i can remember ill post how it goes when i run a batch of 9mm in the xl650
     
  7. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    i just measure mine on my scale so i can't comment on how well it meters. but i have found it to be a very broad spectrum powder that works quite well in a number of pistol cartridges.
     
  8. earl1412

    earl1412 New Member

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    Have loaded over 10,000 round of 45 ACP using W-231. When shooting conventional pistol competion using a S&W 25-2, indoors 50 ft, 185 LSWC, 4.4 grains. Using a Dillon 550 never had any problems, and was extremely accurate.
    For outdoor 50 yards, used 4.8 grains W-231.
    You may need to bump up the powder usage to make a 1911 function for softball, but the powder always fed correctly, and when measured did not vary.
    YMMV
    Earl
     
  9. dustinoif3

    dustinoif3 New Member

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    +1 on win 231. I use it exclusively on 9, 40 and 45. I have a 550b and it meters great. Recently though my reloading shops have been sold out of 231 for a couple months. Ive got 3 1/2 pounds left. Ugh. Had the owner of the shop talk me into trying tite group so I bought a pound. He warned me to pay attention to the stuff because it doesn't take very much grain wise compared to others. Haven't loaded any yet.
     
  10. dustinoif3

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    Jon I've read on this forum about powder valley. Looked at the site and was surprised how cheap it was. Then I clicked checkout and passed out when I saw the hazmat fee. When you order I'm guessing your doing serious bulk?
     
  11. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    best way to offset the cos of HazMat fees is to buy in bulk. any online order of powder or primers is going to get a HazMat fee tacked on. i do pay a little more per pound for my powder at my LGS, but it does offset the cost quite a bit.
     
  12. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    yeah im not buying just one can of powder. this order is 10k primers and 12 pounds of powder. lesser quantities i just buy local. yes the wife and i do shoot that much. hazmat is a fixed fee the more you buy the more its offset so i dont order components less im making a big bulk order.

    my order is more than the local lgs' have in stock and i dont want to wipe out their supply in one go.
     
  13. dustinoif3

    dustinoif3 New Member

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    Understandable. That would be a dream order for me! Lol
     
  14. dustinoif3

    dustinoif3 New Member

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    That's understandable. Man that would be a dream order for me. The only bulk type order I make is bullets. Usually 1500 a pop. I need to prolly start thinking harder on my stock pile of primers and powder. Usually just carry what I plan on loading at that given time.
     
  15. fergsgunshop

    fergsgunshop New Member

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    Thanks guys I found powder valley and hit it hard. I just ordered a lot my wife my freak but she get over it.
     
  16. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Not a good idea, my friend. cases you can always find. Bullets you can cast or swage.

    Powder and primers, you stockpile!:eek:
     
  17. dustinoif3

    dustinoif3 New Member

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    I'm seeing the error in my ways. I will fix this!
     
  18. Awsar711

    Awsar711 New Member

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    ive been using w231 in my dillon for years works great in my .45 also