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Thread: Favorite Go-To Powder for Handgun and Reduced Rifle Loads

  1. #41
    Boolit Master
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    Mar 2005
    Nine Mile Falls,Wa.
    Trail Boss is a great powder for reduced loads in the .44 magnum. Cast boolits can be shot with absolutely no leading. It is my belief that the long string of Trail Boss "doughnuts" behind any cast boolit acts as a buffer as well as a cleaner and the bbls come out clean as a whistle.
    It's all chicken, even the beak!

  2. #42
    Boolit Master

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    Oct 2009
    Red Dot, when I lived in Moscow on the Charles 40 years ago could only have 5 pounds of powder and needed a FD storage permit to purchase it. I shot a lot of trap so 4 pounder of RD was bought and had a can of 4831 for my rifle. Used the RD for my handguns 38spl and 45 auto.

    Got used to using it a lot including the 13grn for rifles with cast.

    Now I use lots of powders for everything.

  3. #43
    Boolit Buddy
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    Oct 2006
    Quote Originally Posted by John Boy View Post
    Fail to find the powder you mention ...
    It's listed in their catalog (pdf):
    Hi-Tech Ammo has it in stock for $65 per 5 lb jug.

  4. #44
    Boolit Grand Master
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    Mar 2005
    Redlands, NorKifornia
    I voted "Alliant 2400" because it gets a LOT of use in cast-bullet rifle loads and magnum revolver rounds at my house. WW-231 and Herco get the call for the less-intense revolver and autopistol calibers, though; Herco does good work for my field-load 12 gauge and 28 gauge refills. But in terms of "Pounds per year consumed", 2400 cops the prize. It gets the nod for 410 bore shotguns ammo, too.
    I don't paint bullets. I like Black Rifle Coffee. Sacred cows are always fair game. California is to the United States what Syria is to Russia and North Korea is to China/South Korea/Japan--a Hermit Kingdom detached from the real world and led by delusional maniacs, an economic and social basket case sustained by "foreign" aid so as to not lose military bases.

  5. #45
    Boolit Master
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    Feb 2010
    For me it is not just one because of different use ,I use 2400,Red Dot, Unique ,Bullseye
    Life Member of NRA,NTA,DAV ,ITA. Also member of FTA,CBA

  6. #46
    Boolit Buddy
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    Nov 2007
    North Western Minnesota
    2400. It could do in a pinch for most every thing I cast for. And the smoke smells, oh so good.

  7. #47
    700x for 9mm, 38, .357, .45ACP, .45Colt, and light .44Mag. Have heard that it does well in .223Rem, but have no personal information on that.

  8. #48
    Boolit Master GhostHawk's Avatar
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    Mar 2014
    Fargo ND
    4 years ago I got back into shooting. Powder was hard to come by, and prices were rising, fast.

    I happened to run across Mr Harris's article about "the load" and pistol powders for rifle.

    So I started digging deeper. Which eventually lead me to the Lyman Cast Boolit Manual #3 which included a Red Dot load for an absolutely astounding number of different calibers and boolits.

    Eventually I got my hands on some, started with the 7.62x54r in my Mosin's. Great results, low recoil, virtually no muzzle blast, and the best accuracy I had seen up to that point. From there it was one caliber after the next, pistols, rifles, and yes some shotgun.

    It worked in EVERYTHING. It was amazingly accurate in most as long as you don't try to push the speed too far. It is incredibly thrifty. My average load for most rifles is 4.6 grains. The big .444Marlin I have loaded from 6 to 13 grains. Even at lets say 7 grains average, that is 1000 loads from a 25 to 30$ pound of powder. Or 2 to 3 cents each. Does it get much better than that?

    No it does not do well with semi auto rifles. My SKS is a Yugo, if I want to shoot Red Dot I turn the gas off.
    It becomes a very easy, accurate 10 shot straight pull bolt rifle. Which for targets is just fine.

    It is the one rifle cartridge that I stock another powder for. IMR 4895. I have some others but I have not bought any in almost 3 years other than Red Dot. I simply don't have the need.

    I am sitting on about 29 pounds of Red Dot and Promo. I am not shooting as much as I used to, so I seldom need to worry about replacing a pound or 2. When that hits 25 pounds I'll have to decide if I'm going to keep shooting enough to justify buying another 8 lb jug. Frankly I suspect that will take a few years.

    You can call be a red dot fan boi. It fits, its not for everyone, it does not do everything equally well.
    Like any other powder it has its good points and its bad.

    But for me it simply works.

  9. #49
    Boolit Buddy
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    Mar 2018
    2400 is a good clean burning, much better than unique. Also like Bullseye

  10. #50
    Boolit Buddy JoeJames's Avatar
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    May 2018
    Arkansas Delta
    Quote Originally Posted by 2wheelDuke View Post
    If I could have only one, it'd be Unique. I use Bullseye for most of my light pistol loads. I use Unique for the mid range. I use Red Dot for reduced rifle loads. I haven't got around to experimenting with Red Dot in pistol because Unique and Bullseye work for me.
    I have not tried Red Dot, but I agree on the other two - Unique for regular 44 Special loads, and Bullseye for 38 Special and 32 S&W Long. I have recently been trying Trail Boss for light 32 S&W Long loads, and Win 231 for medium in 38 Special and 44 Special, mostly because it appears to meter much better than Unique and Bullseye. I hate having to throw each charge, weigh each one, and then trickle. It seems to do ok in 44 Special though.

  11. #51
    Boolit Bub doctorxring's Avatar
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    Jun 2008
    The Republic of Texas
    Blue Dot for reduced rifle loads. 2TU.

  12. #52
    Boolit Master
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    Nov 2006
    AA#9 is tops and replaces H-108, other good ones are AA1680, 4100.

  13. #53
    Boolit Bub
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    Sep 2018
    Unique in a pinch, but 2400 was a close second.

  14. #54
    Boolit Mold
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    Oct 2018
    Powell River B.C. Canada
    So far I have used blue dot for sub 2000fps rifle loads with cast seems consistent and is not position sensitive but works best with a small bit of fluffy filler to keep it around the primer loose was around a 200fps max spread and with filler brought it down to under 50fps for subsonic I have only tried tight group in 7.62x39 2.5gr gives about 900fps

  15. #55
    Boolit Buddy redhawk0's Avatar
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    Apr 2016
    North East, USA
    Red Dot or WW231(HP-38) for me....burn through a lot of it down through the years.


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  16. #56
    Boolit Grand Master
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    Feb 2012
    Somewhere in SE PA
    W231/HP-38, Iíve probably burnt more of it then all other powders combined. I started using Red Dot/Promo for reduced rifle loads and it works really well. Iím also a fan of Green Dot.

  17. #57
    Boolit Master OnHoPr's Avatar
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    Oct 2011
    Oh, I don't know, Unique does have its place. But, Green Dot does a pretty good job at versatility as well. Small pistola, medium pistola, it will push a hunk of lead out of a big bore too, 20 ga clays and field loads, 12 ga clays and field loads, 12 ga cold weather slugs, and rifle plinking which GD has uses for. It has more applications seemingly than RD and saves a .5 cent on reloads to Unique maybe. It burns clean too and can be fairly accurate.

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  18. #58
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    Sep 2013
    Plantersville, MS
    I have been, currently am, and so long as they are available will remain an adherent to the "Holy Trinity" of powders: Bullseye, Unique, & 2400. For me, it's Bullseye or Unique for non-magnum handguns, and Unique or 2400 for magnum handguns and reduced rifle loads. Were I limited to only one, I suppose I would have to go with Unique. Fortunately, I am not limited to only one.

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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check