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Holy powder choices batman!

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by waldershrek, Jan 24, 2010.

  1. Being new to reloading I've been researching what I'm gonna need and I n ever knew there was this many types of gunpowder out there.....I just wanna reload handgun ammo. What should I be looking for?
  2. Big Sam

    Big Sam

    Jul 13, 2007
    It's kinda like saying, "I'm gonna take a trip around the world. What should I wear?"

  3. Patrick Graham

    Patrick Graham Footlong Jr.

    Sep 7, 2001
    Kokomo Indiana
    What handguns will you be reloading for?

    Have you picked up any reloading manuals yet?
  4. n2extrm


    Feb 24, 2009
    Powder are dependant on what you are loading for. This includes alot of variables like caliber, bullet type lead or jacketed, perpuse hunting, competition or target, type of weapon, velocity or power factor needed. A good reloading manual like Lyman, Speer, Siera or Hornady can help you. Powders have diffrent burn rates as well as types. Some meter through powder meassures better some worse, some will fill up a case where another will not. Try to do some reading and USUALY new reloaders are better off staying away from fast powders (like titegroup for example) because a small error can have drastic results. Faster powders tend to take up less room in a case, making a double charge easier to do, where a fuller slower powder will over flow the case making it obvious. Slower powder also USUALY have a wider range and a .1 grain diffrence will not have the same pressure affect a faster powder will.

    So basicly it depends.
  5. wavetrain75

    wavetrain75 Useless Member

    Jan 31, 2008
    Unique is a well regarded all around powder and would be my suggestion as a first purchase. If funds allow, you might consider getting a pound each of a slow-ish, medium and fast-ish powder. Your loading manual should have a powder chart arranged by burn rate and you can compare that to the load data for your calibers.

    You're starting down a long road and it may take some trial and error to get the loads that suit you the best. If there's the local gray haired grumpy old guy who has been reloading since 1900, see if he'd be willing to come by and get you started.
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2010
  6. Unique was my first pistol powder. I reload 45 acp and may reload 9mm in the future.
  7. Colorado4Wheel


    Nov 2, 2006

    What do you want to reload and just as important, how do you want it to feel. Full Power? Plinking and Light loads? Need to meet some gaming PF requirement? Need to impress the neighbor with HUGE FLAMES coming out the gun?
  8. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

    Apr 14, 2009
    Conifer, CO

    What a shame... Cobra64 fits the bill perfectly but I don't think he lives anywhere near him. :fred:

  9. robin303

    robin303 Helicopter Nut

    Sep 27, 2009
    Austin, TX
    I try to get a powder that is common in all of your reloading books.
  10. fredj338


    Dec 22, 2004
    Yes, just about anything you can stuff into a handgun case will go bang. You have to decide what you want to load; target, plinking, factory equiv, high performance, all will require a slightly diff powder, & some will do it all. So look through a couple of good manuals, decide on the vel. level you want to run & then choose a powder that gets you there w/ the least pressure in mind (ie, if you want to push 124grFMJ in the 9mm @ 1200fps, not all powders will get you there safely). Google burn rate chart & review that along w/ the manual's data. Slower powders produce lower pressures for any given vel. level. Powder is NOT where you try to save money.
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2010
  11. wavetrain75

    wavetrain75 Useless Member

    Jan 31, 2008
  12. Memnok


    Sep 7, 2009
    After looking at several burn rate charts, and pondering the load data, I opted to go with WSF for my first 40 S&W loads. I'm glad I did. It seems to meter consistently, although it seems to leak from the powder measure a little. It is also EASY to see a double charge with a quick look. A double charge will not over flow the case, but I dont think you could seat a bullet.
  13. Squaw Man Wolfer

    Squaw Man Wolfer

    Apr 16, 2001
    In Him.
    Virtually all social problems can be resolved with an appropriate charge of Hercules Unique.
  14. n2extrm


    Feb 24, 2009
    I use wsf and wst for .45. just started with them I was using mostly titegroup. So far I like them, just havent really nailed down a load I love. Both real good powders.
  15. fredj338


    Dec 22, 2004
    Glad to see you've come away from the TG darkside.:supergrin:
  16. Glock2008

    Glock2008 Gun User

    Jul 16, 2008
    Up north
    Unique is pretty forgiving powder, and you can load almost any handgun cartridge with it.
  17. dudel


    Dec 10, 2008
    Texas Hill Country
    +1 And before you get all worked up about doing full power, barn burning loads, just put in the back of you mind that your cases won't be lasting as long.
  18. fredj338


    Dec 22, 2004
    That depends on caliber. I can run full pressure 45acp all day & wear the headstamp out before the case fails. For the high pressure stuff, yep, high pressure loads kill cases. Another reason to stay w/ medium burners. For those that like to run fast powders or uberfast powders hard, any savings you get in powder is probably lost in buying new cases.:dunno:
  19. Watcha loading? It is easy to buy too many types of powder and then having them sit around. Step 1. Bullet weight? Step 2. What velocity or purpose do you want to achieve? Hunting? Targets? Step 3. How versatile is the powder? Can I use it with other bullet weights and calibers? Step 4. Economy. Why use 10 grains per round when 6 will do the same thing? (1 lb = 7000 grns)
    If you're loading 9mm or 45 ACP, 40 S&W, my data shows alot of choices with Unique. A good manual will help with your decisions.
    I always eyeball the powder levels in the cartridges before seating the bullets. Measures don't always throw accurately and you don't want a double charge or no charge! Or maybe I forget to tighten the locking nut on the measure. You don't want to wonder about things like this when you're on the range. All powders will send the bullet downrange.
  20. ManNamedJed


    Aug 14, 2006
    Reno, NV
    I was pretty overwhelmed when I started loading. At an IPSC match I asked around and Titegroup was the most popular powder so I started with that.

    I've been very happy with it. Its been accurate and reliable in all my guns. You can load a wide variety of bullets and calibers - and its cheap!