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Thread: Powders for calibers

  1. #1
    Boolit Mold
    Join Date
    Feb 2020
    Gardnerville, NV

    Powders for calibers

    Kinda curious as to what people use in the different calibers they run. I mainly shoot J-words in anything .308" and .223" but on others I shoot boolits.

    I use the following in the following

    308 win (ar10 loads)
    .223 Rem (also use cfe223 and AR-Comp)
    30-40 Krag
    303 Brit

    40-65 Win


    45 Auto
    380 Auto

    Power pistol

    I am on a budget so I usually stick with what works. but I am always curious if there is something out there I am just not thinking of that might be better.

    IMR4320 was the first powder I started with loading rifle rounds. and its reliable and usually easy to get my hands on. Unique was also the first I used for pistol loads. I don't really have a bias I just hate buying something and then up hating the way it shoots and never use the rest of it.

    what are you all using for what you load?

  2. #2
    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Outside Rolla, Missouri
    I use Unique in everything from 25-20 to 9 X 57.

    Hanguns; Unique, H-110, Alliant 2400, IMR-4227, 296, Bullseye, Red Dot and SR-7625(?)

    Medium bores, 270 to 9.3 I use, depending on the cartridge, in no particular order: IMR's 4227 3031, 4198, 4064, 4895, 4350, 4831. Hodgon; 4198, 4895. SR's 4759, 4756 and I think it's 7625(?). Win. 748, Reloder 7

    I use Trail Boss in my 450/400 and 25-20

    Black Powder of various grades in; 45-70, (when I had one), 45-90, 45-100, 40-82, 40-70, 8.15 X 46R, 9.3 X 57RD, 500BPE and some I've forgotten.

    Every one of those powders has worked for me and, in more than one cartridge.
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  3. #3
    Moderator Emeritus

    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    SW Montana
    Red Dot
    32 long, 38 special, 44 special, 44 mag, 45 colt rifle cases based on 308, x57 and '06.
    AA2 9mm, 45 acp, 38 but dropped for better accuracy
    Power Pistol 40 S&W, 44 special, 45 acp
    Bullseye, 32 long, 32 H&R, 38 special, 45 acp, 30-30.
    Unique 32 H&R, 38 special, 357, 44 special, 45 colt, 7-30 waters, 30-30
    2400, 357, 44 mag, 30-06, 243
    AA9 44 mag, 357 mag, 45 colt Ruger only, 30-30, 7 TCU
    H110/WW296 357, 44 mag
    That is the pistol powders I can think of off hand.
    AA2015 358 Win, 222, 223
    IMR 4064 243, 308, 35 Whelen, 30-06, 280
    IMR 4831 7 Rem mag, 30-06
    IMR 4320 222, 223, probably some others
    IMR 4895 223, 35 Rem, 7.62x39
    IMR 7828 243
    Varget 17 rem. 222, 223, 308, 7mm/08
    3031 358, 30-30
    Probably a bunch more I can't think of right now.
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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
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