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Old July 26, 2010, 07:43 PM   #1
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A pistol powder that meters well

I reload 9mm, 40 s&w , and 45 acp on a Dillon 650xl. I currently reload these calibers with 700x but am looking to try something else. The main reason is the way 700x meters through the charging system. It is a real pain to get a consistent charge. I've tried already tried bullseye and like the consistent charge and accuracy of the load for my 40 s&w. I would like to here some other ideas and opinions on powders for these calibers using this reloading system. Thank you !
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Old July 26, 2010, 07:44 PM   #2
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Power Pistol meters well and would work for all those cartridges. It was designed for the 9mm.
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Old July 26, 2010, 07:45 PM   #3
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I don't have a Dillon, but Alliant's Power Pistol meters well in my Lee equipment and is a popular powder for those calibers.
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Old July 26, 2010, 07:46 PM   #4
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Titegroup is pretty consistant... I believe.
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Old July 26, 2010, 08:00 PM   #5
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Old July 26, 2010, 08:11 PM   #6
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I was gonna say Bullseye, but you already know about that one.
If you want something hotter than Bullseye, try WSF.
Even hotter would be AA#7 or Power Pistol.
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Old July 26, 2010, 08:12 PM   #7
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I like W231/HP38 for medium to full loads of non-magnum calibers.
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Old July 26, 2010, 08:25 PM   #8
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Here's another one for W231/HP38! William
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Old July 26, 2010, 08:38 PM   #9
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+1 for AA ball powders. The stuff meters incredibly consistant. The faster the powder the smaller the balls.

#2, #5 or #7 will load both. #5 was originally developed for the 45acp and #7 for 9mm.

#2 is a tad slower than 700x and comparable with Bullseye & 231.
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Old July 26, 2010, 09:03 PM   #10
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W 231 works well in my Dillon.
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Old July 26, 2010, 09:07 PM   #11
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+1 more for Accurate Arms powders; I love AA#2 for my .38SPL and .45ACP loads, and AA#5 for .38SPL and .44SPL loads. Meters beautifully, and flows like water.
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Old July 26, 2010, 09:11 PM   #12
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I do not have a Dillion, but friends that do use the same powder that I do. I use WST. They say that it meters very well and it meters very well in my setup also. The color is almost like a white/gold ash and really helps in spotting double charges. It is my powder of choice for 40 S&W but should have load data for 9mm and 45 ACP. Hopes this helps.
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Old July 26, 2010, 09:19 PM   #13
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I have a 650 and it loves ball powders.

For your calibers I'd recommend:

Light to medium loads: TiteGroup

Heavy loads: Power Pistol

BTW, I use Power Pistol in my 10mm loads (they're all heavy) and it works great. In my 6" G20L I get the following performance with Power Pistol.

180grn Speer Gold Dots 1,423fps generating 809lb/ft ME
165grn Speer Gold Dots 1,503fps generating 827lb/ft ME
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Old July 26, 2010, 10:01 PM   #14
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Win 231 workd well in my Hornady, I have some Tight Group but have not loaded any of it as of yet.
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Old July 27, 2010, 11:09 AM   #15
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One more nod to the WIN 231, meters well and gives consistant results.
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Old July 27, 2010, 11:13 AM   #16
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Accurate #2 is very fine, it meters great in my dippers So does H110 for that matter. Titegroup is OK, Unique is the chunkiest.
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Old July 27, 2010, 11:55 AM   #17
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Old July 27, 2010, 12:27 PM   #18
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Bullseye and Power Pistol. They look almost the same, and both meter really well for me. I like power pistol for .45 with heavy bullets, but I like bullseye for lighter bullets.

For target loads, I'll never change from bullseye. When the current pound I have runs out, I'll get a 8 pound keg which will hold me over for the next 14,000 rounds of .45ACP.

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Old July 27, 2010, 01:00 PM   #19
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I agree that 231 is extrememly versatile, meters well, burns clean. So does TiteGroup. I also like True Blue from Ramshot. It meters the best of any but I have only begun to shoot some of it so I can't comment yet on how clean it burns with different power levels.
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Old July 27, 2010, 01:16 PM   #20
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My recommendations for progressive loaders tend to be the same for a lot of cartridges: Winchester 231, Alliant Power Pistol, Hodgdon Universal, or Bullseye. Since you are already using Bullseye, you could try any one of the others. Pretty hard to go wrong with W231, though.
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Old July 27, 2010, 01:51 PM   #21
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I use WST. They say that it meters very well and it meters very well in my setup also. The color is almost like a white/gold ash and really helps in spotting double charges.
The first time I openned up my pound of WST, I was like ***???
In addition to its funny color, it smells like Pepper.

I use both WST and 231.
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Old July 27, 2010, 02:16 PM   #22
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Old July 27, 2010, 08:02 PM   #23
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Old July 27, 2010, 08:08 PM   #24
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Unique doesn't meter well. But it meters well enough for me. It's what I'm using more than anything else right now. That said, I have a jug of Universal waiting in the wings.
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Old July 27, 2010, 08:10 PM   #25
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Titegroup and Win 231 both meter well for me in Lee equipment.
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