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favorite powders?
« on: January 21, 2009, 12:19:43 AM »
any all round good powder for 38/357, 44mag, 45acp, 9mm, 40 cal?  thanks

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Re: favorite powders?
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2009, 10:17:42 PM »
I have never loaded .44 Mag however I have used Winchester 231 in my 9's .38/.357 .45 and my 10mm/.40S&W

I have preferred loads for each with other powders  but to answer your question.  231 might be a place to start.. the cartridges mentioned are a bit varied to ask 1 powder to do it all well

LEE manuals are set up to show powder by "optimum" powder for bullet weight  you might try crosschecking those tables and see what shakes loose

My chosen s are
.38 Spl. BULLSEYE (S&W M-52) 148gr. HBWC mid-range
.357 Mag  2400
.45 ACP 231
10mm/ .40 S&W WSL (discontinued powder but I still have 3 Lbs.) TITE GROUP is supposed to interchange,..we will see when I run out
.38 Super HS6 ( used to use Win 540 until it was discontinued..) IPSC race gun

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IMR 4046 for bolt guns
IMR 4859 for M-1
I might try Varget next..

Enjoy your quest..

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Re: favorite powders?
« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2009, 07:13:20 AM »
trying to get some varget now, hard to find. what happened to unique for the handguns?

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Re: favorite powders?
« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2009, 09:16:19 AM »
I can't help with the pistol shells but would like to mention that the prices are going to raise again so you may want to stock pile what you need.  I am stocking up a little bit at a time so I can go years without worry.   :2guns: :2guns:
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Re: favorite powders?
« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2009, 12:53:06 PM »
Unique is now Alliant. 

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Re: favorite powders?
« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2009, 11:12:44 PM »
burned some uni-Que  in the 9 and .45 

not sure about the 10/40 or the .44 though

had some of those old steel cans with the snap lids for unique bulls eye and 2400 the little square cans...

not sure where they went to though

still remember the popping sound when you opened them...

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Re: favorite powders?
« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2009, 10:17:14 AM »
yea i remember that too. started reloading as a teen in the 60's, did it for a living (along w/sales etc) in the 80's then for fun in the 90's. sure has changed. used to sell IMR powders for $9 a can. reloaded competetion .308 ammo in the 90's and was mad cause it cost me 25 cents a round to load.

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Re: favorite powders?
« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2009, 05:32:27 PM »
I use Varget in my smallbore rifles and love it.  Started using it on the 30.06 and have never had that rifle hitting as accurately as it does now with the Varget load! Love the stuff!!
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