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Top 3 powder picks for 45acp

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

  1. 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
     
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2010
  2. I've used 700-X for decades now with great results.
     


  3. YamaLink

    YamaLink

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    I only used Accurate #2. Clean, accurate, good recoil and very inexpensive. About $18 per pound locally. Everything else is about $22.
     
  4. ssgrock3

    ssgrock3

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    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?
     
  5. Blaster

    Blaster Hunc tu caveto

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    Unique.

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

    D. Manley

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    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
     
  7. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

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    1. WSF (full balls)
    2. Unique (full balls)
    3. WST (target loads)
     
  8. dudel

    dudel

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    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.
     
  9. kestrou

    kestrou Pin Member #4

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    Vote #3 for N310 & N320 :thumbsup:

    kestrou
     
  10. kshutt

    kshutt

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    Not in order, but..........

    WST
    W-231/HP-38
    Unique
     
  11. 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.
     
  12. Bullseye, 231, Power Pistol

    No particular order.
     
  13. Big Sam

    Big Sam

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    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.
     
  14. HAMMERHEAD

    HAMMERHEAD

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    VV N310 (target loads)
    Titegroup (forget load density, this one's a winner)
    Clays