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WSF Powder for 9mm?

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by 9mm guy, Jan 18, 2016.

  1. 9mm guy

    9mm guy Tualatin Active Member

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    Is the Winchester WSF Ball Powder that's also labeled "Shotshell" recommended for 9mm reloading? The jar says it's OK for a "wide range of handgun loads" but I just wanted people's opinion. I just wasn't sure if this powder is best for shotgun reloading since it says shotshell and only so-so for 9mm. Thanks in advance for your answers.

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  2. Steve M

    Steve M Beaverton, OR Well-Known Member

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    I intend to find out as I picked up a jar about a week or two ago. According to the Hodgdon load data it'll do a 124gr 9mm just fine. Max load is 5.3 gr and delivers 1115 FPS if I recall correctly.
     
  3. therealhitman

    therealhitman USA Well-Known Member

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    I have been running WSF under a 124 TC Cast Boolit in 9mm. Meters nicer than most.
     
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  4. fxdc

    fxdc Da Valley USPSA, SPEED STEEL, IDPA, 3 GUN

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    Slower burning that power pistol , 231 Is faster than PP.

    Hope this helps.
     
  5. JO JO

    JO JO Vancouver WA Active Member

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    I like it in 40 s&w works great :)
     
  6. Mikej

    Mikej Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I'd use it in 9mm, several shotgun powders are suitable for 9mm and .40. I like to use a little slower powder in the smaller cases, gives a little more range of loads. My preferred powder for 9mm and .40 is HS-6, another shotshell powder that's been more available than a lot of others.
     
  7. fxdc

    fxdc Da Valley USPSA, SPEED STEEL, IDPA, 3 GUN

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    HS 6 is a GREAT major 9 powder. Dirty but dot tracks good.
     
  8. Mikej

    Mikej Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I didn't think it was that dirty, unless you were using it in .38 or .45acp. Large cases mean un-burnt powder. Then I've only been rolling my own for a little over four years. :s0092:
     
  9. fxdc

    fxdc Da Valley USPSA, SPEED STEEL, IDPA, 3 GUN

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    8.2 in a 9mm at 1360fps. Dirty compared to others .
     
  10. Mikej

    Mikej Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    That's an awfully powerful load and up to a full grain OVER what my books say. Unless you were referring to .40 S&W rather than 9 X 19?

    I'd hate to see a new hand loader taking that recipe as gospel and blowing up a gun, or worse.
     
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  11. fxdc

    fxdc Da Valley USPSA, SPEED STEEL, IDPA, 3 GUN

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    It's a major 9 load I run.

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  12. SinisterSouthpaw

    SinisterSouthpaw SW WA Active Member

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  13. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    I know. It's not like it's WTF Ball Powder.
    lol
     
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  14. rick benjamin

    rick benjamin USA, Or, Damascus Secure the drama Silver Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    "also performs well in 38 Super, 9mm, and 40 S&W pistol loads"
     
  15. Benchrest

    Benchrest The Desert Planet Well-Known Member

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    Why are we discussing Major loads in a thread that has nothing to do with Major?
     
  16. Benchrest

    Benchrest The Desert Planet Well-Known Member

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    It might be helpful to some of the new guys if you prefaced your loads.
     
  17. Phrank

    Phrank Forest Grove Active Member

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    Great for 9mm. Been using it for 20+ years. Works well in .45 and .40 too. Happy loading.
     
  18. 9mm guy

    9mm guy Tualatin Active Member

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    Thank you for all your replies. I know that I can look to see if this powder is suitable, but as a beginner, it's important for me to get experienced people's preferences. I'm always grateful for all your replies.
     
  19. fxdc

    fxdc Da Valley USPSA, SPEED STEEL, IDPA, 3 GUN

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    Ur welcome
    Just use caution and get ur self a chronograph and learn about pressure signs and look for them.
     
  20. Collateral

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    I got my first bottle of WSF a few weeks ago. I wanted to try it with some 147 grn plated Xtremes that I picked up (along with some 180 grn 10mm) during the Black Friday sale last fall.

    I loaded some of the 147's with WST, WSF, and W231 in groups of 5 of various weights. I took the best load with each powder and loaded 10 each of those.
    From my P226, 3.6 grn W231 was the most accurate.
    I did not load any 115's or 124's but I do plan to try WSF with these bullet weights at point in the future.

    I did the same thing with the 180 grn 10mm (.40).
    From my 2340, 5.9 grns WSF was the most accurate load.
    I did not load any 165's but since I already have a load using W231 I will try some WSF just to see if I can improve on it.

    Some of the shotgun powders are routinely used for pistol powders. If you search for 9mm Reloading Data you will find loads using WST, WSF, Clay's, Longshot, and 800-X.
     
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