.380 powder suggestions?

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    .380 powder suggestions?

    I'm going to start reloading .380 shortly and am looking for suggestions on powder. I was going to try to keep my powder count down but couldn't find a load using bullseye or aa #7 off their websites (could have missed it?). The guy who I buy my lead bullets from suggested win 231 using 3.2 gr since that is what he uses. It will be a 95gr round nose lead bullet. Thanks for the help

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    Years ago when I loaded for .380 I had good success with Hodgdon Universal. Its been long enough now that I don't remember the charge weight, but I was always very happy with it. I suspect 231 would work well, but I can't make any sort of comment on the charge weight you list.
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    thats okay was just throwing out one already suggested. always nice to see what others use though. i have to wait for my "reloading guru" to get back and town and see what he uses. I figure after 30+ years of reloading and having done it commercially for quite a bit of years it behooves me to at least ask his opinion :)

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    i did some about a year ago and i used aa#5. worked well.
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    Speer #14 list a starting load of AA 7 of 6.3 and a max load of 7.0. Max load is compressed. This for 90g GDHP.
    For 95g TMJ Rn starting load AA 7 of 5.9, max 6.5.
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    AA7 95 grn bullet 5.9 to 6.5 grns,bullseye 2.0 to 3.4,data found at index
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    i use aa5 it woks very well.

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    using 95gr Rainier RN, I use 3.1gr of Unique as a practice round. I also use Bullseye, but I'm currently working up the load.
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    thanks for the suggestions. maybe i can keep my powder count down after all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chevyguy85 View Post
    thanks for the suggestions. maybe i can keep my powder count down after all.
    Good luck with that idea.

    I currently have 13 powders on the shelf.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Majorlk View Post
    Good luck with that idea.

    I currently have 13 powders on the shelf.
    Same here, but I like trying out diiferent powders. There were some advantages to the good ole black powder days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Majorlk View Post
    Good luck with that idea.

    I currently have 13 powders on the shelf.

    yeah..thanks that makes me feel sooooo much better. I'm not huge on accuracy as long as it shoots down range and i can keep the shots on a paper plate i'm happy. I'll be adding more powders eventually since we're about to start .223 and I need to start 30-30 one day

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chevyguy85 View Post
    yeah..thanks that makes me feel sooooo much better. I'm not huge on accuracy as long as it shoots down range and i can keep the shots on a paper plate i'm happy. I'll be adding more powders eventually since we're about to start .223 and I need to start 30-30 one day
    AA-2230 is excellent for .223 (as you can imagine from the name) and I like H335 for .30-30.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stevew View Post
    Same here, but I like trying out diiferent powders. There were some advantages to the good ole black powder days.
    Yea, all you needed was a couple of pounds of each grade and you could load everything!
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    TG, W231/HP38, or Unique.
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