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what powder for 9mm and 40

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by JO JO, May 2, 2012.

  1. JO JO

    JO JO Vancouver WA Active Member

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    I have used unique,w231 and power pistol, liked power pistol the best of these but out of powder
    thinking of trying WSF or AA#7 anyone used these in 9mm or 40 s&w
     
  2. odiesplace97301

    odiesplace97301 silverton area Member

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    Are you looking for a practice round or a match round ?
    I personally like power pistol it shoots cleaner that a lot of pistol powder I've used
     
  3. gunfreak

    gunfreak Boise Well-Known Member

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    700X from bimart is a good powder and is probably the cheapest I've found.
     
  4. zippygaloo

    zippygaloo Oregon Member

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    I'm using Hodgdon HS-6 for my 10mm. I plan on trying it for 9mm too. I also have some Hodgdon Titegroup to try. I bought the Titegroup because it was cheap. Titegroup is a fast powder that requires a small charge and has an extremely tight Start to Max tolerances. I haven't tried it yet for either caliber. The HS-6 is bulkier and from what I'm told burns cleaner the closer you get to Max.
     
  5. jonn5335

    jonn5335 Longview Active Member

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    I prefer power pistol I've tried bullseye I did'nt care for it
     
  6. Modeler

    Modeler Molalla, Oregon Soccer Fan

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    I use HS-6 with 115 gr FMJ 9mm in the middle of the range provided in the Lyman's manual. It works well, maybe a little light on power though, a new-to-guns friend of mine had some problems with FTE from limp-wristing. I'll probably dial it up a bit on my next batch.

    Greg
     
  7. sneakboxer

    sneakboxer NW OR Active Member

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    I'm pleased with HS-6 in my 40. I'm loading 6.3gr under 180gr FMJs and a standard primer. It throws well and burns pretty clean. But i don't load for the 9mm yet.
     
  8. JO JO

    JO JO Vancouver WA Active Member

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    I have been happy with power pistol for practice rounds but ran out was thinking of trying AA#7 or WSF I think I might stay with P.P.
    thanks for opinions
     
  9. james2562

    james2562 Kent Member

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    I use AA#7 with 9mm 147gr cast lead bullets. It has worked fine for me.

     
  10. FarmerTed1971

    FarmerTed1971 Portland, Oregon, United States Well-Known Member

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    I use W231 mostly.
     
  11. ripcity

    ripcity Milwaukie Active Member

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    I used to use aa#7 in my 9mm, but started using wsf. Wsf seems to burn cleaner.
     
  12. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    So will AA 5. #7 is good for heavier bullets like 147 gr.
     
  13. XSubSailor

    XSubSailor SW WA Active Member

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    I use WSF for 9mm, Power Pistol for .40S&W and .357Sig, and WST for .45ACP. These are the cleanest and most consistent velocity powders I've used for those calibers.

    For WSF, use the same load data as Unique.
     
  14. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    What bullet weight are you using for 9mm. I load 124gr and find that the Power Pistol works great for that too. Not as much "bark" as with the 115 gr.
     
  15. M67

    M67 NW Oregon Active Member

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    +1 On the W231
     
  16. XSubSailor

    XSubSailor SW WA Active Member

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    I'm currently using 125g Lead SWCs recently introduced by Missouri Bullet Company, but mid-weight (120-125g) in 9mm is what I load. It's true that heavier bullet weights tend to feel softer than lighter weight, higher velocity bullets. For .40S&W, I lean toward 180g bullets. In .45ACP, I use 200g over 230g primarily due to cost (.45ACP is a fairly soft round to shoot anyway).
     
  17. mookmanjdj

    mookmanjdj Oregon Coast Member

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    Another vote for W231.
     
  18. Mikej

    Mikej Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    You mean IF you can find it??

    I've been using Titegroup in 9mm, cheap, clean, fairly fast and gets a bullet moving quickly through those 3" and 4" barrels. HS-6 was recomended to me by a guy at the range for my full size .40, works well and it burns very clean. However, HS-6 seemed smokey and dirty in the .45acp.

    I'm wanting to start using 231 in everything except the .40, it measures better out of my RCBS thrower than Titegroup and Unique, and seems very clean. There's been some kind of problem in PDX and no one has had 231 for a month now. I called Winchester almost two weeks ago and the person (with a great Mid-West accent) I spoke to said there WAS a shortage but that they'd been rolling it out to all their suppliers, he was familiar with Allsports who supplies our local outlets. They still didn't have it a week ago.

    Maybe this week...........

    Mike
     
  19. mookmanjdj

    mookmanjdj Oregon Coast Member

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    Try Bimart
     
  20. Mikej

    Mikej Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Not too snarky..... DUH! That's been my go to spot for primers AND powder. I've been calling them for the last three weeks, only because I got tired of driving there to find they still didn't have them the two weeks before that. They were out of primers for a month too, of course so was Fishermans, CCI anyway. Haven't called yet this week, but if they're out STILL I may just order a 8# jug from someone else and call corporate offices and tell them they've lost a customer.

    Not snarky, really.

    Mike