close

Privacy guaranteed - Your email is not shared with anyone.

Top 3 powder picks for 45acp

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by JDinNC, Apr 10, 2010.


  1. JDinNC

    JDinNC
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2003
    208
    0
    Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
    My Hornady Handbook of Cartridge Reloading book has 11 powders for a 230 gr. FMJ. What do YOU think are the best 3 powders for it? I'm thinking about making a batch for each. It looks like the best powders would fill up the cases most so there's not a whole lot of air space in there? I AM a total newbie. I havent reloaded before. I just got a Hornady press. TYIA
     

    Wanna kill these ads? We can help!
    #1 JDinNC, Apr 10, 2010
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2010
  2. Kasinefect

    Kasinefect
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2004
    1,166
    8
    Location:
    Central Alabama
    I've used 700-X for decades now with great results.
     

  3. XDRoX

    XDRoX
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2009
    6,127
    1,790
    Location:
    San Diego
    WST
    Unique
     
  4. deadday

    deadday
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2007
    15,544
    1
    Location:
    Texas
    1. 231
    2. 231
    3. 231

    :wavey:
     
  5. YamaLink

    YamaLink
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2010
    78
    0
    I only used Accurate #2. Clean, accurate, good recoil and very inexpensive. About $18 per pound locally. Everything else is about $22.
     
  6. MoNsTeR

    MoNsTeR
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2003
    464
    0
    Location:
    Lakewood, CO
    N310
    N320
    Clays
     
  7. ssgrock3

    ssgrock3
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2003
    1,109
    0
    Location:
    Yukon, Oklahoma
    clays, clays and even more clays.....I see someone uses Unique..it is my favorite for 9mm, and .38, haven't tried any .45's with it... what are you putting it under?
     
  8. Blaster

    Blaster
    Expand Collapse
    Hunc tu caveto

    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2000
    1,655
    6
    Location:
    Connecticut
    Unique.

    Under 230 gn. FMJ, 230 gn. LRN, 200 gn SWC & 200 gn. lead hollow base round nose.
     
  9. D. Manley

    D. Manley
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    May 30, 2005
    1,604
    0
    Location:
    Southern US
    If you're new and looking for a powder to "get your feet wet" with in .45 ACP, I'd probably have to suggest W-231 / HP-38. Measures well, has a decent load range and is almost always produces accurate loads. The .45 has the benefit (or liability, depending on your outlook) of being very versatile in the powders it performs well with. Anything suggested in the thread so far is good as are many others. These are just that performed well for me.

    General Use:

    W-231 / HP-38
    WST
    N-340

    Soft & Accurate Range Loads:

    N-310
    N-320
    Clays
     
  10. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve
    Expand Collapse
    Decap Pin Killa

    Joined:
    May 31, 2007
    18,074
    17
    Location:
    Old Colorado City
    1. WSF (full balls)
    2. Unique (full balls)
    3. WST (target loads)
     
  11. steve4102

    steve4102
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2009
    2,275
    654
    WST Target
    Silhouette FullHouse
     
  12. JesseCJC

    JesseCJC
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    May 28, 2008
    338
    0
    Wst
    231
    hs-6
     
  13. dudel

    dudel
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2008
    4,582
    156
    Location:
    Texas Hill Country
    Bullseye, 231, WST. No particular order, get what you can find.

    Bullseye works great for light target loads. Light charges (keep an eye out), very economical.
     
  14. kestrou

    kestrou
    Expand Collapse
    Pin Member #4

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2000
    1,593
    0
    Location:
    In The Pocket
    Vote #3 for N310 & N320 :thumbsup:

    kestrou
     
  15. kshutt

    kshutt
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2001
    1,119
    0
    Location:
    Oklahoma
    Not in order, but..........

    WST
    W-231/HP-38
    Unique
     
  16. vafish

    vafish
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2003
    16,541
    29
    Location:
    Commonwealth of Virginia
    Surprised to see all the folks recommending WST.

    I had never heard of WST until 6-9 months ago. Was looking for some powder to load light target loads in the .38 special and nothing much was available. Local shop had plenty of WST on hand. I looked it up and while there aren't a lot of handgun loads listed for it, there are lighter loads for the .38 Special, 9MM, .40 S+W and .45 ACP for it. It meters very nicely through my Lee Pro 1000's powder measure.
     
  17. MrVvrroomm

    MrVvrroomm
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2009
    3,233
    0
    Location:
    Shakopee, MN USA
    Bullseye, 231, Power Pistol

    No particular order.
     
  18. tjpet

    tjpet
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    May 14, 2001
    1,842
    2
    Location:
    Utah-Idaho border
    WST - target/standard

    HS-6 - +P
     
  19. Big Sam

    Big Sam
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2007
    310
    3
    Location:
    PA
    I prefer AA2 and Power Pistol. However, as a new reloader I'd suggest you use a powder that has a lot of reloading data avaiable for it. Bullseye, Unique and 231 come to mind. The 45 acp does well with lots of powders. As you gain skill and understanding of the process, branch out and try other powders.
     
  20. HAMMERHEAD

    HAMMERHEAD
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2002
    3,444
    16
    Location:
    Minnesota
    VV N310 (target loads)
    Titegroup (forget load density, this one's a winner)
    Clays