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Favorite powders???

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by theflyguy, Jan 14, 2013.

  1. theflyguy

    theflyguy Beaverton, Oregon Member

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    Guys,

    What are your favorite pistol/rifle powders and why???

    I'm still learning and want to hear from the experts...

    Plan on reloading:
    9mm
    .40
    .380

    .223/556
    .270
    .308

    I know right now I can't any right now but when stores start stocking again...

    Thanks,
     
  2. Izzy

    Izzy Oakridge Active Member

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    Accuracy is my number one goal with working up a load, & clean burning is a close second.
    These are what "I" use:
    380 Universal
    223 Varget
    270 Reloader 22
     
  3. ron

    ron Vancouver, Washington Silver Supporter Silver Supporter

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    Accuracy is number one goal.
    9mm Blue Dot , Never could get 231 to work well
    223 WW748 for 55 and lighter bullets. H335 for 69 and lighter. Both powders meter very consistent. Varget and VV N140 for 69 and heavier bullets.

    308 and 30/06 IMR 4064 for 168 SMK
     
  4. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    Mine to and Bullseye has been a favorite for years and had always given me some of the best accuracy out of my handguns I have ever had with reloads but I am going to be branching out and trying some 'new' powders. Recently I tried Ramshot TAC in my 30-30 with excellent results. Very clean and accurate, meters well and the case came out almost ready to reload it was so clean. I may try a variety of Ramshot for pistol ammo next but I recently bought a can of Titegroup so that comes first.
     
  5. oli700

    oli700 Rogue Valley Well-Known Member

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    blue dot does more for me then any other single powder, 9mm, 10mm, 12ga 00 buck, 12 ga slugs, Accurate next to that probably #9 or #5......3031 for 223
     
  6. gehrheart

    gehrheart fidalgo island Well-Known Member

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    Unique
    H335

    Imr4064
    H4350
     
  7. vertical ascent

    vertical ascent Vancouver Active Member

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    Since the conversation is about powders, has anyone ever used or have any comments about Winchester 296?

    thank you all
     
  8. MarkAd

    MarkAd Port Orchard Well-Known Member

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    For Pistol I use HP-38, Clays, Hs-6 for 38,357,39,9,45
    Currently using HP- 38 and loving it in 38,357,40,47
     
  9. theflyguy

    theflyguy Beaverton, Oregon Member

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    If properly stored, how long do powders last?
     
  10. BAMCIS

    BAMCIS Eugene Well-Known Member

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    Forever.
     
  11. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    I used to load a lot of it in .357 Magnum. Liked it a lot but it's fussy. Don't try any reduced loads and make sure to use a heavy crimp.

    My favorite powders today are:

    9mm Power Pistol
    .223 CFE223
    .308 Varget, H-4895, CFE223
    30-06 Varget, H-4350, H-4895

    Each depends on bullet weight. (And the fact that I have plenty of each in stock:cool:)
     
  12. JGRuby

    JGRuby Portland Oregon New Member

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    I use W296 for my heavy 357 loads and I do mean heavy - In my revovlers and only my revovlers I use 21Grs of powder behind a 125JHP. I shoot this in my Model 28 and GP100. A question I have is H110 and W296 the same powder - I have seen some say yes and others say no.

    James Ruby

    James Ruby
     
  13. vertical ascent

    vertical ascent Vancouver Active Member

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    The load data I found on the Hodgdon website for H110 and W296 are exactly the same.

    Bullet Weight (Gr.) Manufacturer Powder Bullet Diam. C.O.L. Grs. Vel. (ft/s) Pressure Grs. Vel. (ft/s) Pressure

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    135 GR. SIE HPBT Winchester 296 .308" 2.120" 17.3 2010 43,100 CUP 18.4 2109 51,200 CUP
    135 GR. SIE HPBT Hodgdon H110 .308" 2.120" 17.3 2010 43,100 CUP 18.4 2109 51,200 CUP
     
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    vertical ascent Vancouver Active Member

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    W296 is this is the only powder I could find to load for a 300 AAC Blackout cartridge, this will also be my first time reloading. I am curious how accurate (#1) and how clean (#2) this powder is.
     
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    2506 Seattle Well-Known Member

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    Unique for my pistols, RL-19 or 22 for my boom sticks.
     
  16. sneakboxer

    sneakboxer NW OR Active Member

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    Like Ron i like WIN748 and H335 for 223 loads under 69gr and RL-15 for heavy 223 loads. The two ball powders meter great and are shooting just fine for me. I'm using the RL-15 in my 308 and have had very good accuracy and velocity in the 150-180gr range. WIN748 will make the 308 110gr V-maxes into death lasers.

    I found HS-6 to be a pretty good powder in the 40 and 9mm however you need to keep the loads warm for it to burn clean in the 38spl. I use a good bit of Unique in the wheelguns but did not like it in the 9mm and feel its too fast for the 40 however i hear it is some what popular.

    Other thoughts when i buy powder are: metering, primer requirement, bulk (i like full cases), availability of data, cleanliness, and experience/recommendations from others like pro shooters.

    At this point look for what you can find first. Component supply is in a pretty sorry state right now.
     
  17. BANE

    BANE Battle Ground WA. Well-Known Member

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    These are some of my favorites.
    H1000, H335, H110, Tac, RL22, 2400, Clays, and Varget. I like 2230 but its just dirty.
     
  18. 86k5krawler

    86k5krawler newberg,or New Member

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    universal/hs6
    9mm
    40s&w

    h4831sc
    25-06
    270 win
     
  19. moose

    moose northwet coast Well-Known Member

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    These.

    I use IMR4895 and RL25 also, mainly for 300RUM. Nothing like measuring out over 100 grains of powder for a single charge. :p
     
  20. unklekippy

    unklekippy In The Mountains Near Sprague River Well-Known Member

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    After much effort(and time. Lots of time) spent, I have some favorites.

    .308-BL-C(2), H4895, CFE
    .223-BL-C(2), CFE
    .243-IMR4064
    7mm-08-BL-C(2), H4895

    .357-HP38, Titegroup, 2400(for the BIG loads)
    .44-Same as above
    .40S&W-HP38, Titegroup, Power Pistol
    .45ACP-Titegroup

    I've been looking at the Ramshot powdres recently. I'm curious to try them, but Hodgdon pretty much covers all of my needs. I know YMMV, but 48 grains of BL-C(2) under a 150 grain Nosler Ballistic Tip and a CCI 200 primer in a .308 Win. case is a beautiful thing. Kip.