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Thread: So whats the best all-around cast bullet powder?

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    Boolit Master
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    Bullseye,Unique, 2400.
    With all three on hand, you can't go wrong!

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    Boolit Master
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alferd Packer View Post
    Bullseye,Unique, 2400.
    With all three on hand, you can't go wrong!

    I agree and would include IMR4198 and IMR4895.


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    Boolit Buddy Dunross's Avatar
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    Single best all-around powder?

    Unique hands down.
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    Boolit Buddy AviatorTroy's Avatar
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    If I could only have one powder for the rest of my life, without a doubt it would be Unique. You can load anything from light .38 special wadcutters to bottleneck rifle cartridges to .45/70

    For more robust hunting level loads in rifles with cast, either 3031 or 4895 will do nicely. So I’d have to say I’d never want to be without Unique and 3031.

    2400 is amazingly versatile for magnum pistol or mid range rifle loads, I like it a lot but I could live without it if I had to
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    Boolit Buddy Eddie1971's Avatar
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    For Rifle my choices are W748 and IMR4350. Pistol I like W231.

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    Boolit Master elmacgyver0's Avatar
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    My most used powder is Unique.
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    Boolit Bub
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    Western Ky
    Unique for me. cast bullit in rifles and a lot of pistols

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    Boolit Master
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray1946 View Post
    My vote goes to Reloader 7. I have some 5744, but haven't opened the can yet...............
    Depends what you are loading in and what for ?? For me, Unique, Trail Boss, 5744, Blackhorn 209...

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    Boolit Master
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    Unique or Herco in Pistol/Revolver. H4895 in rifles.
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    Boolit Master
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    I MO.
    For rifles , I like RL 7
    I use to use SR 4759
    But I guess they don't make it any more.
    My other choices are 5744 , and light loads Unique.
    For pistols , I use Unique or 2400

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    Boolit Man
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    Where IA,NE,&SD meet
    For me and cast rifle: IMR4227. In a pinch 5744/Buffalo Rifle or maybe Unique and/or Red Dot.

    Semi auto Pistol w/ plated or coated bullets for USPSA shoots: HP38

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    Given this is the CB Loads/Military Rifles sub forum, powders for use in military rifles with cast bullets;

    If you're just plinking or shooting to 100 yards then, with the appropriate cast bullet, any of the faster pistol/shotgun powders will do nicely. Red Dot, Unique, Bullseye, etc. PB cast bullets may be used here.

    If target shooting for best accuracy out to 200 yards then 2400, 4227 and RL7 are my recommendations if a filler is not used. Either H or IMR 4895 with a dacron filler under a heavy for caliber bullet works very well also. The use of GCs is advised.

    If shooting beyond 200 yards, either H or IMR 4895, or slower burning extruded powder through 4831 with a dacron filler [if load density is less than 80%] under a medium to heavy for caliber cast bullet. The use of GCs is advised.

    Of course, there are numerous other powders that can be used. The above is just my recommendation.
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    Boolit Buddy Reverend Recoil's Avatar
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    I have found nothing better than Reloader No. 7 for 30-30 Win, 308 Win, and 30-06 Springfield.
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    Boolit Master 405grain's Avatar
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    When I go online looking to buy powder, it's been my experience that the powders that work best with cast bullets are the ones that are sold out. If I had to choose 1 powder for rifle, and 1 powder for pistol to load cast with, it would have to be Shooters World Buffalo Rifle and HS-6. Buffalo Rifle is D060, made by Lovex, and is the same as the old formula 5744 that's discussed in the 4th Lyman Cast Bullet Handbook. It works well with all my rifle loads, and is exceptional in 7.65x53. HS-6 works good in everything from 38 Special, 357 Mag., 44 mag., and 45 acp.

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    Boolit Master
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    I like to use faster powder than Unique for most of my cast pistol loads. I'm cheap. I keep what I have left of Unique for some of the higher velocity cast pistol loads.

    If HS-6 is anything like AutoComp, I only use that for my hotter jacketed pistol loads, but then I don't have a 44 mag, yet.

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    Boolit Master Jack Stanley's Avatar
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    Now days , it's mostly Unique followed by 2400 and a smattering of 700X . When I was shooting at small targets from a bench Reloder 7 was my go to powder in the .308 Winchester .

    Uses will change for what is "best" .

    Buy it cheap and stack it deep , you may need it !

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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