Powder question for Reloaders on the forum...

Discussion in 'Reloading Room' started by rimfirehunter, Oct 27, 2007.

  1. It's been about 15 years since I done any serious reloading, and because of this I am not up to speed on all the new powders I see now days for reloading pistol ammo.My reloading will be for small runs of .380, higher volume of 9mm with the main emphasis on .44 Special. Now my question's to you guys...

    What pistol powders are you guys having the best results with in the 9mm loads.

    Also, anyone here use one powder to cover most all of your handgun reloading... ex 9mm up to .44/.45 calibers?

    Please, DO NOT post load data in open forum, just the powder's your are using.

  2. can't say how it is in .380, but unique is excellent for 9mm and .45 loads.
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  3. Had a few folks at the shop recommend Unique too, been browsing the online data charts and it seems to be a pretty universal handgun powder for the calibers I am looking at. Still want some more feedback from others and then I will do my data research and get on with buying powder.

  4. Gramps

    Gramps Guest

    I use AA2 and AA5 for just about all I do. Not too expensive but a little dirty. Cleans up well though.
  5. Ari

    Ari Guest

    I have had good luck with Unique in 9mm 38 and 357 mag and 45acp... I even had loaded some .380 with it...
  6. I've used Unique in 9mm and .45 with good results.

    I prefer Bullseye it is a little bit dirtier but I think makes for a more accurate load with the bullets and powder charges that I use.
  7. HS6, Red Dot, and Unique here.
  8. doktor

    doktor Guest

    have used both Bullseye and Unique for .380 on up to .45 acp
    work your load up, not down though :oops: :oops: :oops:
  9. gaowlpoop

    gaowlpoop Guest

  10. lazermule

    lazermule Member

    Vihtavouri 3N37

    For the 9mm I have found that Vihtavouri 3N37 works leaps and bounds better than ANYTHING else I have used. It is not distributed real widely but if you can find it, give it a try. I have found it to be ultra-clean and very repeatable. Also, it fills out the case on max loads so the chance of a double charge is eliminated when reloading.

  11. All Taurus uses is Unique as well, in fact, I have a bottle of it that he gave me before he moved. I am going to give that stuff a try before I experiment with anything else.
  12. Silicon Wolverine

    Silicon Wolverine Well-Known Member

    this depends on what kinds of loads you are going to shoot. If they are mostly light bullets and medium velocities red dot is a good choice. If you want to load heavier bullets at higer velocitied unique is better choice. I keep both on the shelf. Also alliant powder has a top notch reloading guide at:


  13. I have used Unique for years with my .357 mag. When I went to Semi auto pistols I tried Tite Group, but I did not like it. I found Bullseye to work the best for me in my 3" to 4.5" barrels (9mm, 40SW, 45acp). I use Bullseye in my 9mm and 40SW carbines also with good results.
  14. I moved away from unique for my 45 acp loads as I found it to be inconsistant. I am currently using Accurate no.7. But before I give it a ringing endorsment, I need to burn through (bad pun intended) a bunch more of it.

    My experiance only, your results/experiance/opinion/needs may differ.
  15. GrumpyOlMan

    GrumpyOlMan Member

    I used Unique for a lot of years but moved away; AA#5 is a good powder and I use RamShot True Blue for smaller calibers like 9mm. CFE pistol is really only good for hot loads in my experience otherwise you'll find the powder additive sprayed all over, I also like Lil 'gun and the whole line of Accurate powders ( #2, 5, 7, and 9) are pretty good. There's a whole world of new powders that I know nothing about with Shooter's World, Lovex , and Explosia just to name a few.
  16. histed

    histed Supporting Member

    My favorite across the board is True Blue by Ramshot. Works well in everything from 380 to 45 acp, even 44 special. AA 5 is good and Unique is the standard. True Blue and AA 5 are spherical powders, so the meter really well and are IMHO, a bit cleaner burning than Unique. Unique has a counterpart from IME called Unequal. I havent tried that one, but it gets good reviews
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  17. Shopfox

    Shopfox Member

    I've been on an accuracy kick with my 995TS, shooting for groups at 100 yards with 9mm. WSF was ok. Power Pistol is excellent for accuracy (5 shot groups in the 2-1/4" range at 100 yards). I don't have a lot of experience reloading for the 9mm, but the amount of soot it leaves gives me a little pause.

    If I could find it on a shelf, I would buy/try Vihtavouri powders hands down. The powders get glowing reviews on 9mm accuracy shooting pages - I just cannot find them locally.

    I originally tried the one-powder-for all approach on the rifle side. It wasn't a sustainable philosophy. Stuff would go bang, but I couldn't get the accuracy I wanted, and if I can't get excellent accuracy - I might as well shoot cheap bulk ammo.

    Just thinking of powder cost (using morning math...) 7,000 grains divided by 5gr per round, is 1,400 rounds for about $21.00. That's about 1.5 cents per live round. Simply put, powder cost is minimal per round, so buy the "right" one for each caliber if you can swing it.
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  18. GrumpyOlMan

    GrumpyOlMan Member

    One thing about Vihtavouri powders, the ones I have tried are single base and are sensitive to weather and temp. If you live in an area where temp.s fluctuate I would stick with the Western powders (Ramshot, Accurate,Norma, and Montana Extreme) or The Hodgden Group
  19. ajole

    ajole Supporting Member

    NE Utah
    I’ve heard the 100 series VV can be temp sensitive, but the 500 series isn’t.

    But that’s mostly guys that are trying to get 1/4 MOA groups to shrink.

    The main problem with VV is that it’s usually $30-35 per lb. I got about 9 pounds of 540 at $20 each, over about three months, as my LGS was clearing it out, just too expensive for most guys to bother with. As a result, they never bothered developing a load, so even on sale, they had no desire to buy it.
  20. Rachgier

    Rachgier Administrator Staff Member

    I love Viht and so do my AR's. I load 53gr Vmax with it and it is consistent as hell. Out here it's no more expensive than any other powder and just as hard to find. Powder disappears faster than toilet paper around here, and always has.