View Full Version : best powder to reload 9mm

July 13, 2010, 10:45 AM
What is the best powder for reloading 9mm? I have been loading for many years,but never for the 9mm.I recently got brass ,bullets and dies,now Im trying to decide which powder will work best.
I bought 200 100 gr bullets,but will probably settle on the heavier weight bullets after while,so hopefully I can get a powder that will work well in my two autos with most bullet weights.
I have a hi power,and a Taurus 709 slim.
Right now,Im just trying to reload for shooting practice,not CCW or HD.
Any advice appreciated.

July 13, 2010, 10:50 AM
Accurate #2 and Titegroup are both good.

July 13, 2010, 10:53 AM
Bullseye is very good -- better than you would expect from its position on most "burn rate" charts. If you need more oomph, use Winchester WSF.
If you want something even hotter than that and don't mind burning a lot of powder, use AA#7.

All three of these throw well with a powder measure. I use maximum loads of Bullseye and cast bullets.

Mike Irwin
July 13, 2010, 11:09 AM
WW 231

Brian Pfleuger
July 13, 2010, 11:40 AM
I hope you weren't looking for a consensus!:D

Add Power Pistol to your list.... It was designed for 9mm.

I've not used it in 9mm, but I use it for 357sig. It meters well, burns clean and is as accurate (at least) as I am. Relatively cheap too.

July 13, 2010, 12:18 PM

July 13, 2010, 12:19 PM
I've always gotten good results using Unique with all my reloads, 9mm included.

July 13, 2010, 01:30 PM
Another vote for Bullseye. Charge weights are relatively small (my standard target load is 3.5 grains), but are still enough to be obvious when double-charged, and it gives decent velocity.

Downsides? It's sooty, creating a lot of crud in your gun's internals. This isn't a problem if you clean your guns regularly. You also need to be careful (as always), as a slight variation in charge weight can make a big difference in pressure. I'm far enough away from max that I'm not worried. It appears to smoke a little more with lead bullets than other powders I've tried.

I've also used 231 with good results. I didn't notice as much smoke with 231 as compared to Bullseye.

My $0.02. As always, YMMV.


July 13, 2010, 01:53 PM
another vote for 231/HP39

July 13, 2010, 01:57 PM
VV 3N37

July 13, 2010, 04:03 PM
I like Hodgdon TiteGroup --- and I use it in 9mm, .40S&W, .45 acp, .357 mag and .44 mag....

it meters very well / and I think its pretty clean...

July 13, 2010, 05:02 PM
Hodgdon Universal. Clean, powerful, meters great, wide range of application.

All the Best,
D. White

July 14, 2010, 01:09 AM
+1 on Win 231

July 14, 2010, 07:05 AM

July 14, 2010, 07:48 AM
Power Pistol

July 14, 2010, 09:05 AM
Try AA#5 or w-231........

July 14, 2010, 09:11 AM
I had been using AA#5 for years. But now I have switched to Winchester AutoComp and found that it burns much cleaner.

Flipper 56
July 14, 2010, 10:58 AM
Unique for 115 grain
Universal for 124 grain
American Select for 147grain

American Select is really clean. I have used it in other calibers as well and have been very pleased with the results.

July 14, 2010, 11:18 AM
American Select burns so clean in .38 Special, it's scary. :cool: I haven't tried it in 9mm; I didn't know they had load data for it.

July 14, 2010, 11:49 AM
Holy Cow ...

18 responses ....and we have 15 powders listed ...and no more than 3 votes for anything ...( with BullsEye and Win 231 at 3 votes each ) ...I think ...

looks like peetza was right .....

chris in va
July 14, 2010, 02:27 PM
I started with Universal, then got Unique, 231 and Bullseye. I'll probably go back to Universal because it was so clean burning. BE and Unique are just so darn dirty.

July 14, 2010, 02:39 PM
And another....

IMR SR4756. At maximum loads (around 6.2 grains) you are compressing the powder. It is physically impossible to double charge using this powder, so +1 for safety. In addition, it works well in .380 auto, 38 special, & 45 colt.

July 15, 2010, 07:13 AM
I've been pleasantly suprised by some of my Autocomp loads, particularly with heavier (124gr) XTPs and FMJs. It does pretty good with 115gr varieties too, just not quite as well as the 124gr.

July 15, 2010, 07:35 AM
I use titegroup

July 15, 2010, 07:47 AM
Win 231

July 15, 2010, 08:19 AM
OK how many here would like to see powder in 1/4lbs containers to they could try even more powder? I know I would!

Brian Pfleuger
July 15, 2010, 08:53 AM
That would be nice, except they'd probably charge about $1.50 less than a whole pound.:(

July 15, 2010, 12:22 PM
Rather than buying 1/4 lb containers - talk to your buddies ....most of them would trade you 1/4 lb -- or just let you load 50 cartridges so you could try a different powder ...

lll Otto lll
July 15, 2010, 12:27 PM
There isn't one...

July 15, 2010, 12:31 PM
I do all my non-magnum reloading with Titegroup. It just works well for all of it.

I've used AA #7 for 9mm and .45 in the past. I found it had too much unburnt powder for .45 and created big fireballs, but for 9mm it worked very well. I prefer to save my #7 now for .44 magnum and .357 magnum loads though. It's my favorite mid-grade magnum powder.

If I were the type to reload some +p defensive ammo in 9mm with premium hollowpoints, I'd use AA#7. For general plinking stuff, though, Titegroup is great.

July 15, 2010, 08:20 PM
I've used AA #7 for 9mm and .45 in the past. I found it had too much unburnt powder for .45 and created big fireballs

OK do you have any photos of the fireballs? I just had to ask!:D

July 16, 2010, 03:47 AM
I reload on a pregressive press so I look for uniform metering of the powder. For 9mm I also want a powder that will perform well from starting loads to max loads. The powders I consider (and I believe are still available) are:
Unique (Alliant)
Universal Clays (Hodgdon)
N330 (Vihtavuori)
Power Pistol (Alliant)
SR-7625 (IMR)
Silhouette (Ramshot)
N340 (Vihtavuori)
Herco (Alliant)
WSF (Winchester)
SR-4756 (IMR)
3N37 (Vihtavuori)
800X (IMR)
AA7 (Accurate)
Longshot (Hodgdon)
If I could only choose one, it would be Power Pistol. N310, TiteGroup, and Clays are all too fast for me and they can produce some nasty pressure spikes as you try to determine max load. 231/HP38 and AA2 OK if you are careful and don't need max performance, but not ideal.

Linear Thinker
July 16, 2010, 12:29 PM
I tried many powders in 9mm over the years. My best results were with:

115 and 124gr bullets - Accurate #5
147gr - Accurate #7

After I run out of #5, I will switch to Universal Clays. It's equivalent to #5 but cleaner.