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Old 09-23-2010, 7:50 PM
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Default What kind of powder do you use for reloading 9, 40, and 45?

As the the title ^^.

ADD: What make you choose the powder for that caliber/load. And does anyone use the same powder for multiple caliber/load?
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Don't reload for .40S&W. .45ACP and 9mm will use one of the following powders:
Winchester 231
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for .45, bulseye
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45 Bullseye, 40 & 9 Unique. Light loads for target in all three.

45 - 3.8gr under 185gr LSWC (Reduced recoil spring required.)
40 - 4.1gr under 155gr LSWC (Shot in a revolver.)
9 - 3.9gr under 124gr LFN

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700x but I am going to go back to 231.
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where did you find the bear creek moly bullets. i cant seem to find them any more. i think they went out of buisness.
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Unique works, also universal clays should work as well. You can buy 8 pounds of unique and be set for a long time.
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Winchester 231 or Hodgdon hp-38 which is supposedly the same powder for all three. Loads are the same but I feel like the can of hp-38 burned cleaner than the 231 I had previously. Could simply be a slight variation in the batch though. Fills the case to the point where it would be hard to miss a double charge but is not wasteful. I also like universal but don't use it as often.
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I use Unique. It does not burn that dirty when loaded at mid to max level. I use it for my 9,
38, 357, and my friend's 45.
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Whatever shotgun powder I have at the time.
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+1 on the 231 / HP-38. Very accurate, especially in .45acp and 9mm.
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AA #5 is a good one.
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W231 9s
Clays(Reg) & Bullseye for 45ACPs
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700x, Unique, Bullseye, Red Dot, Win231, Win296. Can't say any of them have burned 'clean'. But they all work fine. Unique seemed to have the widest range of caliber and load listings in my old Speer reloading manual.
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WSF and Unique.
Proven effective and accurate. Unique is slightly dirtier but acceptable. WSF needs a very low starting charge so you load more.
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Titegroup for 9mm and Bullseye for 45. I haven't loaded 45 in a few months as I have been doing mostly 9mm lately, but next time I load 45 I am gonna try out some Titegroup. For practice loads, I find that these powders go a long ways, they meter great, and you can run your press pretty fast without spilling.

The reality is that there are a bunch of powders that can be used in those calibers. You just have to try some out and see what you like the best.
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I use longshot for all handgun ammo. It works really good.
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Bullseye for .45 ACP is pretty good, kinda dirty, but does the job.
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There have been several posts/threads on the where a bouts of Bear Creek.

Do a search as it has only been a few weeks since the last time I saw something on that very subject. As a matter of fact, there was a phone number to the factory in one of the posts.
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win 231 for all three, and Steve at bear creek is alive and well he delivered 2500 bullets to me last friday, they just dont advertise!
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WSF and Unique.
Proven effective and accurate. Unique is slightly dirtier but acceptable. WSF needs a very low starting charge so you load more.
Plus 1 on the WSF, nice loads for the 45 and clean too. I dont shoot the others nearly as much, so I just load them with whatever I have hanging around. I see some posts about accuracy, and I guess you could do that, but it doesnt make much sense to me in these calibers. A-zone hits on paper are what count.
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I use alliant power pistol for all three.
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WSF will be outstanding in all of those, but maybe less so in the .45. Bullseye is very good in .45 and 9mm, but maybe less so in the .40SW. Both powders will work for all three.

Then there's Unique. (there's always Unique)

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231 is a little more bang for your buck, because you use less of it.
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231 or HP-38 for all three.
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Unique for all
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800x in .40 S&W
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I use VV 320 for 9mm and .40. I use VV 310 for .45 acp.
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I use Bullseye for 40 and 45. Depending on your guns and desires you can keep the powder charge the same for plinking ammo.
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To keep it simple, W231 for all three plus it meters nice.
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Been a WW231/HP38 & Unique fan since 1985 (or so).
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A buddy of mine uses Titegroup in his .45 ACP loads. His 1911 seems to love 'em. The powder also works very well in .38 Spl and 9mm Para.

Others have pointed out that a lot of powders will work well in those three rounds. That's true. Bullseye will also work wonders in all 3. So will 231. So will...etc. Try several and see which one you like. You may find you prefer one for 9mm and another for .45 ACP.
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I use AA #2 and #5. They've worked well for me over the years so I never tried anything else.
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