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Old May 10, 2012, 03:25 PM   #26
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Old May 10, 2012, 03:42 PM   #27
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Unique

No doubt about it,Unique comes close on many cartridges. I've studied loading handbooks, comparing to minimize storage volumes. It's not really for max prrformance magnums, but it comes close.
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Old May 10, 2012, 04:00 PM   #28
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There can be only one...

Red Dot



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In addition to the handgun calibers covered in this 2004 Alliant Manual, there are sources on the net that will describe the Red Dot 'Universal Load' for rifle cartridges...I also use some light Cowboy (plinking) loads in .35 Rem with Red Dot, and am looking at round ball 'Cellar Loads' for .30-30 and .35 Rem...

http://glarp.atk.com/2004/2004Catalo...ntPowderSM.pdf

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Old May 10, 2012, 04:36 PM   #29
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I ask that question due to the fact I am a new reloader and wanted to see what every one else uses as a common powder in there diffrent loadings, and I use the Lee reloading Manual second edition and the Lyman 49th, I have used Titegroup for all my loads also in 45ACP, 40 S&W and 357, and it worked well and was economical but what I didn't like about Titegroup was it was hard to see in the case and being new to reloading I allways check the powder in the case just to make sure there are no double loads or a missed charge that would result in a squib.

I bought bought some HP-38 that works very well in my 45ACP and I may continue to use that for the 45ACP.

But when I was going through all my manuals looking for a common powder that would work well I bought and tryed A#5, and I really like it. I can see it in the casings easly it gives me good preformance for my lead bullets.

And where I live A#5 can be bought for $21.00 a pound versus Titegroup at 25.00 a pound.

This has been a very informative thread for me great answers and lots of ideas.
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Old May 10, 2012, 06:34 PM   #30
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Put me in the Titegroup fan club. I have tried several other powders and always come back to it in 38 spcl, 9mm, 40 S&W and 357 although I don't shoot as much of that anymore. I understand the low charges and the fact a small change can make a big difference. I try others but just keep coming back.
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Old May 10, 2012, 06:45 PM   #31
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Well, the OP didn't specify pistol caliber, or did I miss it?

Varget hands down for centerfires. I stick with the "extreme" powders that are not temperature sensitive, including H4350 and 8208 XBR.
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Old May 10, 2012, 07:39 PM   #32
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I would say Titewad is my most favorite, use it in 380, 9mm, 38, 357, 41, 45acp, 45colt, it does well in all and excelent in a few. It is a shotgun powder that you will find no ties to revolver cartridges but it is a super powder.
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Old May 10, 2012, 07:50 PM   #33
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Another plug for 2400 ya can load `bout anything & get decent groups !!

Maybe not ideal for some calibers , but ya could get a load to fill the pot with it .
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Old May 10, 2012, 09:27 PM   #34
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231 for all pistol cartridges, not the best for all applications but it will work fine. H335 for all my rifle rounds, excluding cast.
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Old May 10, 2012, 09:37 PM   #35
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If you insist on one powder and AA#5 works well in your lowest pressure cartridge I would stay with #5.
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Old May 10, 2012, 09:39 PM   #36
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IMR 4895 in rifle
Win 231 in pistol

that said I use a few others quite regularily
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Old May 10, 2012, 10:00 PM   #37
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Like the others stated, I have no real favorites. But if were limited to a couple it would be Varget for rifles , Power Pistol for the handguns.
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Old May 11, 2012, 04:07 AM   #38
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HP-38 and Power Pistol cover all my need pretty well.
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Old May 11, 2012, 04:59 AM   #39
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I have Titegroup and IMR-4320.

(and about a dozen powders in between)

I don't think I'll ever find the one powder that does it all....
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Old May 11, 2012, 08:51 AM   #40
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Titegroup in my 38 spl, 357 mag, 9 mm, 40 S&W, and 45 acp.
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Old May 13, 2012, 06:54 AM   #41
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I only have 4 powders in stock right now, IMR 4064, Unique, Alliant Power Pro 2000-MR, and WC-872.

2000-MR may replace 4064 for me as my "go to" rifle powder, or it might not. Haven't checked for accuracy yet in 308 Win.

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Old May 13, 2012, 09:04 AM   #42
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For pistol target loads I have a couple.

Most bangs for the buck is Bull's Eye. Especialy with my home cast lead bullets.
Cleanest with least recoil is Trail Boss. I use this one the most. I have two revolvers that after over 800 rounds fired have needed no more than a a wipe down to clean the outside of carbon from bullet lube.

Magnum handgun powder is AA#9 it is a very versitatile powder for magnums.
Rifle Varget will work in a lot of calibers in a pinch.
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Old May 13, 2012, 12:38 PM   #43
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I ask that question due to the fact I am a new reloader and wanted to see what every one else uses as a common powder in there diffrent loadings,
I don't have one common powder. For Pistols I load for 9mm, 38/357 and 45 auto. For those calibers I use Titegroup, Bullseye and WST depending on which caliber and wheather I'm loading lead or jacketed bullets. I could get by with one powder but that's not going to give me the best performance with everything I load.
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Old May 13, 2012, 03:37 PM   #44
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For me it's Unique for handgun and Varget for rifle. They may not be the BEST choice in all instances, but work for just about everything I load.
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Old May 13, 2012, 04:15 PM   #45
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What is your favorite powder that you can use in nearly all your calibers?
Bullseye. For handgun, of course. I load almost no rifle cartridges as this time.
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Old May 13, 2012, 05:36 PM   #46
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Green Dot is very useful for me, works for light .44 mag loads, 1 and 1 1/8 oz 12 gauge and 3/4 oz 20 gauge. Could probably use it in 9mm also, but have been using HP38 for that.

IMR 4064 is another one that can cover a lot of bases in centerfire rifle, although there are probably others now that can do the same thing and meter better.
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Old May 13, 2012, 05:40 PM   #47
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Unique and Bullseye mostly for handgun.H335,IMR 4350 for rifles.
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Old May 13, 2012, 05:42 PM   #48
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IMR4350 for rifles, W231 for pistols and the Holy Black for most everything.
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Old May 13, 2012, 05:55 PM   #49
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I could use W231 for all my pistol loads. I prefer to use AA5. The one exception is .45 apc. I could use W231 or AA5 but have found WST works better in .45s. I have a hard time trying to stick to a single powder. One powder doesn't always give the best results you can get over a range of different calibers.

Powder Valley has been out of AA5 for a while now. They are my first choice for powder and primers. I guess I will have to see how AA2 works for 9 mm. It is a good thing there are many choices available to us for pistol powders. If one becomes unavailable for a while you can simply switch to another and work up a new load. You might also find something that works better than the powder you have been using too.
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Old May 13, 2012, 07:47 PM   #50
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Rifle Powder for 223 through 308

When you can find mil surplus bulk 8# under $100:

Data 2230-C
WC844

I do like Varget, that is, as long as your buying!
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