Best powders for 357, 9mm and 45 acp

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    2400 for Mag Loads.....Always run mag powder for mag loads
    Power Pistol in Semi Auto loads...

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    Quote Originally Posted by grantr View Post
    What powders are good for medium to high velocity loads for:

    357 magnum 158 grain hard cast 18 BHN

    9mm 115 to 124 grain hard cast 18 BHN

    45 ACP 180 to 230 Hard cast BHN 18

    I would also like the same for FMJ or JHP for each.
    I'd say those are on the Hard side for all applications unless you are using the .357s out of a rifle, link to follow below

    That being said I like titegroup for my shorter .357s and .38s and H110 for the longer barreled .357s. For the 9mm and .45 ACP I rather like Unique. they are my powders for both cast and jacketed bullets.

    Quote Originally Posted by swmft View Post
    you are using cast so you will have to decide if you are going to use gas checks or clean all the time. Lower velocity usually means less melted lead in the rifling. gas checks let you load hotter without the melt.
    A very common misconception, a properly cast bullet for the application will cause less fouling than a jacketed bullet.

    A very fine read for those using cast bullets and for understanding why some things happen when using lead...

    http://www.lasc.us/Fryxell_Book_textonly2.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by JEAM View Post
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    A very common misconception, a properly cast bullet for the application will cause less fouling than a jacketed bullet.

    A very fine read for those using cast bullets and for understanding why some things happen when using lead...

    http://www.lasc.us/Fryxell_Book_textonly2.pdf
    Very true but the myth lives on in spite of the facts.
    I have to work harder to clean my 270 using jacketed bullets than I do my rifles that use cast bullets if they are sized properly.

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    I like Accurate #5 and Blue Dot for medium velocity to somewhat high velocity, Accurate #2 and Red Dot for lighter loads. I've got some Titegroup and WST but haven't experimented much with them yet. Don't shoot many magnum loads, but have used H110 and 2400.

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    2400 or H110 for magnums, and Unique for everything else. Unique could actually be used for all 3.
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    I use Hodgdon HS-6 for my 9mm 115 gr. Slobber knocker.

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    bullseye, unique and titgroup. power pistol also
    each one for different applications.

    lead or jacketed?
    length of bbl
    am i loading for accuracy, to duplicate a factory round or a SD round.

    having a crono may help but most of the time getting POA/POI and percieved recoil is
    more important than duplicating a velocity. though if you are reloading for rifle than V is important.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RH45 View Post
    Look at VIHTAVUORI.
    Expensive, but, worth it!
    I've been using Vihtavuori for over twenty years, mostly for .38 Super. They have powder for every imaginable load.

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    I usw aa9 for 357 mag, aa7 for 9mm,aa5 for 45 acp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grantr View Post
    What powders are good for medium to high velocity loads for:

    357 magnum 158 grain hard cast 18 BHN

    9mm 115 to 124 grain hard cast 18 BHN

    45 ACP 180 to 230 Hard cast BHN 18

    I would also like the same for FMJ or JHP for each.
    There are many favorites. Universal is a winner for all three you mention.

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    Unique

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    HS6 for 9x19, .38 Special, and moderate .357 Magnum loads.

    H110/296 for hotter .357 and .44 Magnum loads.

    Power Pistol for 9x19, .38 Super, and .40 S&W loads.


    I currently use HS6 for cast 9x19 loads, and PP for hotter jacketed loads.
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    i use aa9 for the 357mag, 9mm use aa7, aa5 for the 45acp.

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    I use TiteGroup for all three, unless ABSOLUTE magnum is required, such as the mentioned.357,.41, or .44. Then I use 4227. I used to use H4227, but have reverted to the IMR4227 as it is all thats available now. Burns cleaner than 2400, H110(WW296) while delivering near or same velocity. Barrel looks like a clean burning tailpipe, instead of a barrel burning leaves. Also no big chunks (2400) that like to keep cylinders from closing.

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    A lot of the 'correct' loading powder depends on the weapon. 2400 will be burning 5 inches or more outside the barrel for a 2" barrel .357 magnum. Typically factory loads are designed for four inch barrel length but there are a few designed for 2" barrel length. Power and reliability depend on primers and cases as well as powders. My friend has an AR type rifle that shoots 9mm. What then? I agree with the idea that you need to crono to know what works best in your gun. Have fun with that and tell us what you come up with.
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