This is a discussion on Cleanest Burning Powder? within the Reloading forums, part of the Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics category; I'm looking for the cleanest burning powder for 9mm loads for my (gas operated) H&K P7. Any suggestions?...
I'm looking for the cleanest burning powder for 9mm loads for my (gas operated) H&K P7.
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Titegroup has done well for me in 45LC. Clean and you don't need a lot.
I am amazed at the results I have gotten from Red Dot and 115 gr. FMJ bullets. Very clean burning, low flash, soft shooting and what I really like is that it fills the case to within 1/4" from the case mouth. I'm loading 4.0gr. OAL 1.25". Recipe goes all the way up to 4.7 gr. but I don't think that much will fit in the case; I haven't tried it!
Too light for heavy work, too heavy for light work!
I use WSF in my P7.
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Hodgdon Titegroup is good, but Universal Clays is the cleanest I've used.
Alliant E3 bills itself as the cleanest burning powder. In the little I've tried, it is, and has soft recoil too (about like titegroup, but lots cleaner) but I had trouble getting it to meter in my Hornady and had to give up on it.
The Vihtavuori powders (like N320) are all very clean burning too, but expensive and hard to find. VV N320 is my choice in .40 when it can be found (which isn't often lately). It burns a lot cooler than titegroup too, which probably is a plus in a P7 -- I know how hot they get, I have two.
I use Ramshot Zip for all my handgun reloading. Burns clean and meters well and the price is right! This is the powder that Black Hills ammo uses in their reloads.
AA2; it is one of the fastest burning, cleanest and easiest measuring powders around, and I use 4.5 grains over a 115 grain bullet in my .38 super for IDPA matches.....
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Accurate #2.....my favorite.
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I just developed a new load for my P7s using Green Dot. 4.8 grns GD using a Montana Gold 124jhp. My P7s loved it and afterwards they were no dirtier than if I had run factory ammo thru them. First time I had used GD and I'm pretty impressed. There are tons of good 9mm powder out there, some clean, some dirty and some filthy. Al lot depends on your gun and your reloading. DOn't be afraid to experiment and FWIW most 9mms like powder that burns really hot. If you look at a chart showing powder burn rates, most popular 9mm powders are up in the top 10 to twenty.
I also like AA #2 for 9mm, as well as #5. I also use 700X with good, clean results. Many will recommend Unique for almost all pistol loads. I find that AA #5 works in everything from 9mm to .44 mag with very accurate, clean loads (and measures easily and consistently). Frankly, I don't know why the AA powders don't get more respect.
While I prefer Unique for most of my handguns there is only one powder that can lay claim to being the "cleanest" burning of all. That being PB--if you can find it.
I also use Unique. It is easy to find, seems to burn clean, and is a good all-around powder. I use it for re-loading 20 ga skeet rounds, .40S&W, .38SPL, & .357.
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titegroup is somewhat clean. i am now using aa5, it is not. but makes good loads.
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