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Old December 21, 2000, 05:06 PM   #1
John Boy
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I'm just getting started in reloading.
For simplicity I'd like to find a single powder
that feeds/measures easily and makes up
good loads in both 40 S&W and 45ACP.

Any help appreciated!
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Old December 21, 2000, 07:36 PM   #2
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John Boy: I am sure others will chime in with lots of information, but I have found Ramshot True Blue to meter really well through my 550B, and it should work well because the stuff is very small grained and just "looks" great. Performance in .40 has been impressive, but I have yet to try it in .45. Ramshot's data for .45 looks okay, I will let you know when I try it out. You only problem may be finding it in your area, as I think distribution is still a little "thin".
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Old December 21, 2000, 07:59 PM   #3
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Old December 21, 2000, 08:35 PM   #4
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N320 or N350 (little slow but great for full power loads)

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Old December 21, 2000, 08:41 PM   #5
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Correct response is (drumroll, please) Accurate AA5.

Suggest W231 for 45ACP, and Power Pistol for 40.
"all my ammo is mostly retired factory ammo"
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Old December 22, 2000, 09:56 AM   #6
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I have had very good luck with HP-38. It is a exellent all
around pistol powder. From 380ACP to 45 cal.

Except for magnum loads.

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Old December 22, 2000, 10:52 AM   #7
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If I had to use one powder for both my 40 and 45 cal I would use VV N-320. This powder may be hard to find, so as a second choice it would be Win 231 or HP-38 they are the same powder and fairly easy to get.
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Old December 22, 2000, 11:37 PM   #8
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Once upon a time I got to wondering if I really needed to have a couple dozen different cans of powder sitting around. After I went through all my reloading book I realized that I could load almost eveything I ever wanted to with Unique. That included several dozen different handgun cartridges and 18 or so different rifle cartridges. I was using cast bullets in all of them, which undoubtedly helped.

Unique isn't perfect. It is actually a bit dirty. Still it works well.

I sold off many of the cans I had and bought 50 pounds of Unique. Never regretted the decision.
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Old December 23, 2000, 01:10 AM   #9
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I would say since you are new to use Winchester W-231. The main reason is availability and ease of getting data from company literature. There has been concern over AA#5 and KB's in 40 S&W, I only mention that because the manufacturer itself prints a warning in their data listings. Another factor some point to with regard to 40 S&W over pressure rounds is the use of 180 gr. bullets; the longer length of the 180 increases the chance of dangerous pressures if seated too deep. I like 165gr. bullets in 40 cal., for the .45 ACP you'll have more margin for safety in slight variations of powder/bullets.
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Old December 23, 2000, 08:31 AM   #10
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Unique vs. Universal Clays.

Highly recommend to all Unique lovers: give Universal Clays a try. It is the modern easy-metering clean-burning ballistic equivalent to Unique, and charge weights rarely vary more than .2g from your Unique loads.

Same thing different day/manufacturer/soot.
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