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View Poll Results: Which powder should I burn up in the 45 Colt?

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  • IMR PB

    10 34.48%
  • IMR 7625

    3 10.34%
  • IMR 4756

    6 20.69%
  • IMR 800X

    10 34.48%
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Thread: Which powder for 45 Colt?

  1. #61
    Boolit Buddy okietwolf's Avatar
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    I personally use HP-38 and trip fg

  2. #62
    Boolit Mold
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    800x works OK in heavy 45 colt loads.still not the best.Where I've found the best use for 800x is in the 40S&W with 180gr. cast bullets.

  3. #63
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    red dot blue dot in std loads with cast load colt +p blue dot hs7

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    I've started using IMR Target for 45 Colt loads. 5.x grains with a cast 254gr Keith style SWC sized at .452 gives great accuracy at 25yds with my Stainless Lipsey's Ruger BH Flattop

    IMR Target is a volumetric twin of Bullseye, but it's cheaper and cleaner with more data available on Hodgdon's website. Honestly I could use it for everything non-magnum out of a handgun.

  5. #65
    Boolit Master

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    I've been using Unique. But I just picked up 6 pounds of PB for $20 so I'll be trying that as soon as I get a bunch of empties. I've also got plenty of Promo and Red Dot to try. While I'm not that happy with Unique, it did drop a nice young buck in his tracks last season at 40 yards.

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    Boolit Grand Master Outpost75's Avatar
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    I understand that many people like Unique, but I've always had trouble with its large particle and not being able to uniformly measure charges assembled on a Star or Dillon machine. So Bullseye is my preferred powder for standard-pressure loads in the .32 ACP, .32 S&W Long, .380 ACP, .38 S&W, .38 Special, .44 Special, .44-40, .45 ACP and .45 Colt.
    Larry has pressure-tested standard and Ruger .45 Colt loads for me and Bullseye does all that I require. I use it for "medium" velocity (< or = to 1000 fps) loads in the .44 Magnum as well.

    The idea of getting 1000 rounds from a pound of powder has a rather nice ring to it. Using 7 grains of Bullseye makes a nice small game and gallery load with plainbased cast bullets of similar weight to the service bullet in most military rifle cartridges .30-40, .303, 7.62x54R, .30-'06 etc.
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  7. #67
    Boolit Master
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    I have used unique , am currently using promo

  8. #68
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    Some of the listed powders are discontinued and I have never loaded any of them. If you search older data I am sure you can find loads for all the listed powders and I'm sure you will have a lot of fun shooting them up. If I had a good bit of this powder, I would definitely use it up..........
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  9. #69
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    There are many better powders than what are listed. Of the one's listed I suppose I would choose 800x

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    Been awhile for posters so Ill jump in.

    I have been a Unique fan for lotza years. But recently wanted to try others and maybe get cleaner burn and less smoke.

    Any data with tightgroup? From 180 to 260 grain boolits.
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    Can't help as I have never used any of those powders listed .
    Grumpy Old Man With A Gun....... Do Not Touch !!

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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