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Need help with what powder(s) to get

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by digbmx4130, Feb 27, 2011.


  1. digbmx4130

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    Ive got a 550b on the way, and everything else to get start except for powder(s).

    I am going to be loading for 9mm, and .40 s&w.

    Right now I have these bullets:

    a box of 500- 115gr LRN 9mm from MBC
    a box of 500- 140gr TCFP .40 s&w from MBC
    a box of 100- 180gr JHP .40 s&w

    Which powders do you guys recommend for these and being a newb.

    Thank you in advance.
     

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  2. robin303

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    I say Unique, Power Pistol, 700x and W231 is great for the 9 and 40. My favorite for the 40 is Clays. 3.8 grns with a 155 grn boolit.
     

  3. shotgunred

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    1. WSF
    2. Power Pistol
    3. win 231
     
  4. texas 48

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    power pistol for 9 and .40 Longing Shot for the .40 for full power loads.
     
  5. digbmx4130

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    Thanks guys!
     
  6. dwhite53

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    You ever done any reloading before?

    If you haven't and you're starting on a progressive I'd get something that would overfill the case on a double charge. Double charges of fast powders are very bad news.

    All the Best,
    D. White
     
  7. shotgunred

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    Without knowing what you are going to load for it is hard to give you a great answer. But WSF and power pistol are both medium burners that take a lot of volume in the case (so a double charge will be a lot more noticeable).
    Both will span the range of powder puff to stout in your chosen calibers.
    Power pistol is louder and has more recoil.
     
  8. Exclr8

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    +1 on the unique
     
  9. DWARREN123

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    I have had very good luck with Hodgdon's Longshot in 40 S&W. It does not do lite loads only medium to hot.
    I use it for plated, jacketed and lead for bullets from 155gr to 180gr.
     
  10. fredj338

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    :agree: Throw in Unique & Universal, they give you the broadest, safest load range in 9mm & 40.. Newbs should really stay away from powders faster than WST IMO. Way to easy to get into trouble w/ powders that have steep pressure curves, especially in hig pressure/low volumn rounds like the 9mm & 40.
     
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  11. FLSlim

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    WSF is nice in the 40 and I have no problem with Power Pistol. I've thrown all kinds of powder in the 9. One of the more accurate for me has been AA#5 and 231 and Unique have been decent.
     
  12. dsmw5142

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    Unique or Universal would work nicely and are bulky enough that a double charge is normally very noticeable. WSF would work well also, but it's a bit finer powder and doesn't fill the case quite as well. On the other hand, it probably burns the cleanest of the three.

    All three have similar burn rate characteristics. I have and have tried all three. Of the three, and for your application, I would probably pick good old Unique YMMV.