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Old September 16, 2009, 06:45 PM   #1
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new reloader powder questions

i just got my new lee turret press kit in today and die sets for 45 acp and 38special. i am also goin to begin reloading 35 remington and 45/70 government soon. what would be a good powder to start out with? is there one powder i could use for both 45acp and 38sp? or are there 2 or 3 different powders i could use for eventually loading the 35 and 45/70 aswell?
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Old September 16, 2009, 06:58 PM   #2
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For .45 ACP and .38 Special two common powders that work well for both would be W231 and Bullseye. I have good success with both in these calibers.
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Old September 16, 2009, 07:03 PM   #3
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If you go to the various powder maker websites, you can look up load data and see what powders may be common for both pistol calibers as well as for your rifle calibers.
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Old September 16, 2009, 07:29 PM   #4
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Your right that's a new reloader question, please go out and buy a reloading manual. It will explain the differences between rifle and pistol powders. And give you suggestions as to what powder to use and how much.


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Old September 16, 2009, 07:30 PM   #5
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I like Bullseye for the pistols, Varget seems to be good for some rifles.
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Old September 16, 2009, 07:31 PM   #6
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Very common "go to" powder for 45ACP is W231.

You would have to look in your manual but I should think there would be no reason that this would not work for 38 special as well.

Another choice would be Bullseye.
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Old September 16, 2009, 07:46 PM   #7
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I have loaded a lot of .38 and .45 with Win. 231. There are others but that is a good choice.

Pistol powder is not rifle powder. Get the books. The ABCs of Reloading and one of the bullet company manuals will get you going.
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Old September 17, 2009, 06:37 AM   #8
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Please read this thread:
http://thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=230171

I found it to be invaluable when I started reloading.
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Old September 17, 2009, 07:23 AM   #9
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Last year, when I decided to start reloading, I read everything I could get my hands on.

Particularly about powders. For my .45acp loads I chose Bullseye and for my 9mm loads I am using Zip.

Get a few manuals, measure your powder loads constently and measure overall length.

Most of all, have fun!
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Old September 17, 2009, 12:25 PM   #10
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Bullseye will do for 9mm and 45ACP, I use Power Pistol for 9mm and Bulls for the 45ACP.
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Old September 17, 2009, 02:04 PM   #11
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i just got my new lee turret press kit in today and die sets for 45 acp and 38special. i am also goin to begin reloading 35 remington and 45/70 government soon. what would be a good powder to start out with? is there one powder i could use for both 45acp and 38sp? or are there 2 or 3 different powders i could use for eventually loading the 35 and 45/70 aswell?

If had to choose only 2 powders that will perform well in nearly all pistol and rifle cases it would Unique and IMR 4895.

Unique should give you maximum or near maximum velocities in your 45 and 38 with the same being true for 4895 in the 35 Rem and in all 45/70 rifles other that the older falling block models. Plus they tend to be a few bucks/lb cheaper than some of the newer powders brought out over the past few years.

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Old September 17, 2009, 06:26 PM   #12
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I use Hodgdon TiteGroup for all my handgun loads ( .45 acp / .38 spl ) and
9mm, .40 S&W, .357 mag and .44 mag . Its a very clean / very consistent powder / measures very well. The only downside is the range on the minimum and the maximum charge for a load is often 0.4 grain / so you do have to be very confident in your equipment and your procedures to make sure your powder drops are very consistent - but you should strive for that anyway.


I don't think you'll find a good rifle powder and a pistol powder combination / but like others advised check the powder websites.
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Old September 17, 2009, 06:28 PM   #13
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Bullseye probably has the most recipes of any just because it's been around so long. It also doesn't dirty up the gun like some other powders.
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Old September 17, 2009, 06:39 PM   #14
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"Varget seems to be good for some rifles. "

True enough. So is BLC2, H-380, 4227, 3031, 4895, 4350, 4831, etc. In some rifles anyway.

(Okay, okay, I'll shut up. Just couldn't resist!)
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