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Old March 31, 2013, 07:12 PM   #1
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Best Powders to use with a Dillon Press

I just wanted to see what powders people have had the best experience with in a Dillon Press. I am loading the following rounds .38 Special/.357 Magnum, .44 Special/.44 Magnum, .45 Colt, .45 ACP and 9MM.
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Old March 31, 2013, 07:29 PM   #2
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I use Bullseye and Power Pistol without issue.
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Old March 31, 2013, 07:34 PM   #3
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I have a 550b and SDB press. These like AA2 through AA9 powders, W231, WSF, and WST. Basically,if the powder is a ball type or flattened ball powder it should do well. Flake powders have not worked very well for me. I have only loaded pistol ammo on mine so I don't know how stick powders work.

AA7 and AA9 powders should work well for the magnum loads. AA5 works pretty well in 9 mm and can also be used in .45 acp. I prefer WST for 45 apc and 115 grain fmj/jhp loads in 9 mm. WSF will work for mid to upper range loads in 9 mm and .45 acp. WST is too fast a powder to try it at the upper ends for 9 mm and .45 acp. You also run out of space in the case to load WST very hot in 9 mm. AA2 can be used for light loads in 9 mm, .38 special and .45 acp. I haven't loaded anything in .45 colt so I can only guess about it.
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Old March 31, 2013, 07:50 PM   #4
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I`ve been loading on a 550 for over 20 years. For the rounds your loading I would recomand 2 powders. H- 110/ Win. 296 for the heavy loads and Bullseye for the lite loads. With any powder measure ball and flake powders measure real well, but stick powders do not work well. I will load the short cut powders if they are the only thing that will shoot well in that round.
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Old March 31, 2013, 08:07 PM   #5
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WSF works great in mine. Very consistent.
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Old March 31, 2013, 08:19 PM   #6
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I've been using Universal in my xl650 in my .38's for the last 400 rounds or so. Meters well and consistent...no complaints.
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Old March 31, 2013, 08:21 PM   #7
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Any of the fine ball powders should work well in most powder measures that meter by volume.

TiteGroup, Bull's Eye, H-110, AA#9,Alliant 2400, and IMR 4227 meter like water in my powder measure. Rifle powders that have metered well are AA 2015, H-335, IMR 4320, and Reloader 7. They meter like water.
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Old April 1, 2013, 11:58 AM   #8
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Using HP-38 (aka W231) for 9mm in my Dillon SDB.

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Old April 1, 2013, 04:56 PM   #9
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Most Everything Works

I have no problem with Unique.

If you have a problem using their measure, upgrade to a Quick-Measure.
It works with all powders.

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Old April 2, 2013, 10:50 AM   #10
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in my sixteen (now down to nine) Dillon measures

Bullseye
Power Pistol
2400
AA2
AA2 Imp
AA5
AA9
W231
W296
WSL
WST
3N37
N350
N110
Universal
H110
HS6
WAP
others....
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