Powder Recommendations

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by Rifling82, Aug 8, 2020.

  1. Rifling82

    Rifling82 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    What powder do you guys recommend for 45 acp?

    and other recommendations, handgun rounds, rifle.... what do you use and why?
     
  2. austin92

    austin92 Well-Known Member

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    I use win231 for 45 acp because it seams almost as accurate as titegroup and doesn’t have the recoil of power pistol. Use h110 in 30 carbine, 357mag, and 300blk super sonic because it seams to have the highest velocity for those calibers with no recoil complaints and versatility. Longshot for my 40s&w edc/practice loads, deal with the recoil for performance.
     
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  3. hairbear1

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    AR2209 for my 30/06AI,.270 and .303 because it gives good accuracy, is temperature stable in hot or cold weather and burns clean.

    In my .222 I use BM2 as does my son in his Stevens .223 for the same reasons and also in my 22/250AI I use AR2208 and AR2207 in my 45/70 and 30/30.
     
  4. alsaqr

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    Every year i fire 3-5,000 rounds of reloaded .223/5.56mm ammo for use in bolt action rifles. Since 1968 my favorite powder for that caliber has been IMR 3031. i don't load bullets over 55 grains.
     
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  5. Shopfox

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    I end up using Benchmark a lot because of it's versatility. It's not ideal, but the load data is there for the rifle calibers and bullet weights I use and it works "good enough" for my hunting applications. It covers .223, 6.8 SPC, .308, and 444 Marlin.

    H110 is excellent for dual use and covers the 44 mag and 350 Legend very nicely.

    The oddball I use for only 1 cartridge (9mm) is Power Pistol. It performs awesome in my carbine with XTP's. I don't reload plinking rounds, so it colors my selection.

    These 3 powders cover my needs 100%. My general approach is to commonize as much as practical. I want to buy an 8 lb jug of 1 powder, not 1lb cans for 8 powders.
     
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  6. AgedWarrior

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    I use several different powders because I shoot and load a multitude of calibers in handgun and rifle. My mainstay that I can use in 9mm, .40 S&W, 10mm and .45 ACP is CFE Pistol, with Hodgdon Universal for a lot of target loads. But I still load some big bore revolver stuff, so AA #9 and H110 are also kept in supply.
    To feed my rifles I use LilGun, H335, CFE 223, RE-15, and H4350 predominantly.
    The powders I regularly buy in 8 lb. jugs are, CFE Pistol, CFE 223, RE-15 and H 4350.

    Considering .45 ACP, I would look at Hodgdon Universal and CFE pistol...but that is just me.
     
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  7. PaBushMan

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    I been using green dot for 45 acp and 45 colt. And reduced rifle loads. I gave it try when i could not get red dot. I been using Sport pistol for .380 9mm and 40sw. I got is as a replacement for tight group. The T'G was causing leading with coated cast. I like unique for 44 mag. 10mm i like blue dot when i want some extra power.
     
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  8. Shopfox

    Shopfox Well-Known Member Supporter

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    A different way of using the Hodgdon website, go to "products" to look at each powder, then select the drop down list to see all of the calibers that powder can feed (see bottom right of screen shot). Screenshot_20200809-104407_Chrome.jpg
     
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  9. jigs-n-fixture

    jigs-n-fixture Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I’d recommend the Hodgdon site, and using their reloading data center. You have to agree to the site restrictions, and that they aren’t liable if you blow yourself up. Then you can enter in the round you want to build, bullet weight, and it will then give you their data for all of their powders, and if you hit the button email it to you.
     
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  10. jigs-n-fixture

    jigs-n-fixture Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I’d recommend the Hodgdon site, and using their reloading data center. You have to agree to the site restrictions, and that they aren’t liable if you blow yourself up. Then you can enter in the round you want to build, bullet weight, and it will then give you their data for all of their powders, and if you hit the button email it to you.
     
  11. Notrighty

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    Bullseye for 200gr 45 auto. Unique or aa5 for 230gr. Load full charges if you don’t like cleaning your gun and hands after about 30 rounds. After going thru about 6 different powders for 7mm/08 and 30/06 I found rl17 to be the most accurate in those rounds. Cast bullets in the 45/70 get 5744 or 2400. 30/30 jacketed likes Varget. Varget actually works ok in a lot of calibers. Any powder that works well in a 243 and a 45/70 can’t be bad.
     
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  12. Notrighty

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    Also if you go on the Alliant website they will send you a free reloading manual.
     
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  13. Sniper03

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    I use 7.0gr. of Unique.
    With #350 CCI Magnum Primer
    With 200 gr. Speer Hollow Point Bullet.
    Muzzle Velocity 900+
    Have shot this load for years in my 1911s and Sig 220.

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  14. Notrighty

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    Why the magnum primer?
     
  15. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    Some powders work best with the Magnum Primers. As far as ignition time properties and complete ignition and burn of that "particular powder". A standard Primer would likely work but would not produce the maximum performance out of the powder. Since it likely would not allow all the Powder to ignite and burn completely. Therefore velocity and performance would certainly be effected.;)
    That is why certain powders for Pistols and Rifles require Magnum Primers.
    In rifles it also depends on the powder and the amount of powder that must be ignited and burned in the case when fired.
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  16. Notrighty

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    Have never tried a mag primer with unique but I will to see if it burns a little cleaner. When I first started loading for 45 auto I loaded on the lite side and the loads were very dirty. Since then I worked up to max loads which are cleaner. Still room for improvement.
     
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  17. Viking

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    Back in the early 80's I used Blue Dot for 45 ACP, 45 LC ( for Ruger only) and 44 mag, it burned extremely clean and left very little residue in the cases, but when I bought another pound of Blue Dot, it didn't burn as clean and left residue in the cases and the barrels. Unique and Universal powders work very well and seem to leave very little residue behind.
     
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  18. rock185

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    While faster powders would be cheaper to use, I mostly used Unique. My reloads were equivalent to standard factory loads, but the medium burning rate of Unique allowed for production of higher performance loads if desired. Also, loading the larger charge of Unique allowed easier visibility of powder in the charged cases, preventing the dreaded squib loads...
     
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  19. Notrighty

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    That’s true you probably get an extra 50 rounds out of a pound of Bullseye. Maybe more but to give an exact amount would unfortunately require math or something.
     
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  20. austin92

    austin92 Well-Known Member

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    7000gr per pound, let’s see some math lol
     
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