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Getting back into reloading - powder and bullet shape questions

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Sheepdog689, Mar 27, 2012.

  1. Sheepdog689

    Sheepdog689 NRA Life Member

    Oct 24, 2010
    I haven't reloaded in probably 20+ years, but with the price of ammo I'm jumping back into the game.

    I've reloaded .38, .357 and 9mm in the past and now I'm going to start reloading .45GAP. I've got a Lee Turret press (Classic) on the way.

    My questions are related to powder choices and bullet shape choices.

    I used to reload with Bullseye. Is that still a good all around go to powder for .38/9mm and now .45GAP? Are the IMR powders any better and if so, what ones work good for pistol ammo?

    Will semiwadcutter shaped bullets (fully jacketed) feed in a Glock or should I stick with round nose bullets?

    Another question I just thought of.....what's the shelf life of primers and powder. Will factory sealed cans/containers of powder still be usable for a couple years if not opened? What about long term primer storage? Sealed in a plastic bag with moisture absorbers?

  2. Colorado4Wheel


    Nov 2, 2006

  3. My Glock eats swc no problem, but you can see how it could potentially cause issues. Sharp angles are generally a poor idea for smooth feeding. Better to buy LRN bullets.

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  4. Sheepdog689

    Sheepdog689 NRA Life Member

    Oct 24, 2010
    Thanks guys....iksnay on the SWC's!
  5. robin303

    robin303 Helicopter Nut

    Sep 27, 2009
    Austin, TX
    You should be good to go on the primers and powder. If the powder is bad you can smell it.
  6. fredj338


    Dec 22, 2004
    Powder & primers last for decades stored properly; cool & dry.
    The GAP is one round I do not load for, but it's a 45 & will respond well to any powder from BE to PowerPIstol.
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2012
  7. sourdough44


    Jul 23, 2007
    I used to use Bullseye powder, now my faster handgun powder choice is Titegroup. For all around handgun powder, H Universal covers a lot of bases. If you look through a few manuals some powders are mentioned over & over, good choices for the most part.