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Old July 8, 2012, 05:57 AM   #1
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One Powder

I would like to find one good powder for both 38Sp and 45acp. I would like to keep as few powders as possible, but would like to get the best performance possible from that powder. I am using Berrys 158RN .357 and 185HBRN .451 for my bullets. I have tried Unique, Win 231, HP38, Greendot And Vitavouri N-350. Any other suggestions?

Also what is a good powder for 45 Colt practice ammo. Not sure what bullet I would use.
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Old July 8, 2012, 06:38 AM   #2
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I would stick with Win 231. I've used it in 38 sp and 45 colts and am going to try it in my 45 auto next. I tryed alliant bullseye years ago, a nice accurate powder but very dirty.
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Old July 8, 2012, 07:50 AM   #3
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If I could only have one -- it would be Unique. There are good loads in 38, 45, 357, and just about every thing else.

I've never used W231 though....
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Old July 8, 2012, 08:06 AM   #4
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Bulseye for light loads and Power Pistol for the hotter stuff. W231 is great though.
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Old July 8, 2012, 08:14 AM   #5
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I would stick with Win 231. I've used it in 38 sp and 45 colts and am going to try it in my 45 auto next. I tryed alliant bullseye years ago, a nice accurate powder but very dirty.
I agree, and I use W-231 for 9mm, .40, .38 Spl, and have even loaded some .44 Mag with it.
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Old July 8, 2012, 08:34 AM   #6
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Hodgdon Universal.
Pretty much the same as 231 and Unique.
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Old July 8, 2012, 08:40 AM   #7
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Bullseye, Red Dot, Winchester Super Target and Unique.
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Old July 8, 2012, 09:08 AM   #8
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Please define "best performance possible".
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Old July 8, 2012, 09:26 AM   #9
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Dirty Ol' Bullseye

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I tryed alliant bullseye years ago, a nice accurate powder but very dirty.
You Tried Alliant Bullseye. Bullseye burns very cleanly in my Glocks at recommend charges with Jacket or plated bullets. Some people like to say Bullseye is dirty - invariablely they are using cast bullets and light loads. This causes incomplete combustion in ANY powder. Want dirty? Try Blue Dot in cast bullet handgun loads. Same reason: incomplete combustion at the low pressure range. Blue Dot is intended for HEAVY shotshell loads with 650 grains of lead shot in a 26" barrel.

I won't shoot bare lead bullets. The smoke is toxic, and revolvers spray it all over your hands out of the gap between the cylinder and barrel. I use plated bullets and prefer heavy ones. Bullseye burns very cleanly with these. Personally, I would not call Bullseye a dirty powder, because the factors causing incomplete combustion are not related to powder formulation. Rather, it is caused by bullet and load choice, which can make any powder seem dirty.
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Old July 8, 2012, 09:58 AM   #10
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If you are asking about JUST .38SPCL and .45ACP, then Red Dot...

But then...

I use it in lots more things than that...

http://"http://glarp.atk.com/2004/20...tPowderSM.pdf"
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Old July 8, 2012, 01:03 PM   #11
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Bullseye gives me good accuracy and it's economical but doesn't meter well so weigh each load if you're near the top.

Power Pistol I use for max power.

There isn't one do it all powder but I always keep a can of Tightgroup around because chances are there's a recipie for just about every load with that stuff.
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Old July 8, 2012, 01:17 PM   #12
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I load 9mm and 38/357. I've settled on Unique.

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Old July 8, 2012, 03:30 PM   #13
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Old July 8, 2012, 04:08 PM   #14
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Thanks for the responses. Looks like W231/HP38 , which I still have a good bit of both, are quite popular, as well as Unique. All are readily available to me. I was not terribly impressed with the Vitavouri N-350 considering its extra cost and not being readily accessible. I may try some of the other powders mentioned when I need to buy more powder.

I don't like to keep a lot of different powders because I don't reload a lot and I figure the more powders you have a long time the greater chances of getting contamination. I am very careful with my powder, however, and I keep it inside the house in a locked room air conditioned in the mid-70 degree range.

Thanks again.
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Old July 8, 2012, 06:03 PM   #15
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231 gives me good resuls in 25 ACP up through 44 Mag, its just not the best powder for some loads. Works great in 38 Spl, 45 ACP, 45 Colt for normal loads. I use a lot of 231.
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Old July 8, 2012, 06:14 PM   #16
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Unique for all those calibers including 45 Colt. Though since you mention specific cartridges, 38, 357, 45 ACP, and 45 Colt, I can say that I have had very good use of 231 in 38 & 45.
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Old July 8, 2012, 07:41 PM   #17
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When I started reloading again 2 or 3 years ago I found that I had over 20 powders from my previous reloading.
I started buying HP38 ($1 per pound cheaper than 231) in 8# jugs and use it for 9mm, 38 Super, 38/357, 41 Mag, 45 ACP, and 45 Colt. No expert by any means but it works for me.
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Old July 10, 2012, 03:53 AM   #18
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Old July 11, 2012, 03:14 PM   #19
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N350 is a great powder if used correctly. It shoots well in the 1911 with 230, 255 and 265 grain bullets on the top end – for 185/200 grain N310 or 320 should give you great performance/accuracy.

WW231 is a good all-around powder for the 45 ACP and it shoots very well in most 1911’s as does the other powders mentioned.
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Old July 12, 2012, 02:59 AM   #20
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If you're willing to use lead in all three ctg's- then it's worth it to take a peek at IMR Trail Boss powder. I reload .38SPL, .45ACP, and .45Colt- and use that powder for fine consistency and good accuracy even with my Springfield RO.
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Old July 12, 2012, 03:16 AM   #21
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