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    What are some of your favorite powders for revolver ammo?

    If you guys don't mind please list the brand and type of powder it is. If and when things get back to normal I want a grocery list to keep in my wallet for those random Academy and Cabelas runs.

    357 Magnum

    38 Special

    44 Special

    44 Magnum

    9mm

    45acp

    etc

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    Out of those, I reload 38 Special and 9mm. Both get Red Dot.

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    I would use unique for all
    Of them.

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    For the magnums; h110/win 296, and alliant 2400. For the others; hp38, 700x, cfe pistol (Hodgson), bullseye, power pistol, unique (alliant).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stopsign32v View Post
    If you guys don't mind please list the brand and type of powder it is. If and when things get back to normal I want a grocery list to keep in my wallet for those random Academy and Cabelas runs.

    357 Magnum Alliant 2400

    38 Special Winchester WST

    44 Special Don't load for it

    44 Magnum Alliant 2400

    9mm Winchester WSF

    45acp Winchester WST

    etc
    I guess I like different powders for different applications.

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    I could get by with Unique, 231 and 2400.

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    For revolvers, I don't load for any semi's, it's Unique, Bullseye, W-231, SR-7625, IMR and H 4227. I have and have used 2400 and H-110/296. If I can't find a suitable load with one of those, for any handgun, I should quit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stopsign32v View Post
    If you guys don't mind please list the brand and type of powder it is. If and when things get back to normal I want a grocery list to keep in my wallet for those random Academy and Cabelas runs.

    357 Magnum--2400, 4227(IMR or Hodgdon), CFE Pistol, 296, H110(for light loads same as 38 special)

    38 Special---Bullseye, 231, WST, Titegroup, Red Dot, CFE Pistol

    44 Special

    44 Magnum

    9mm--Bullseye, 231, Titegroup, Longshot, HS6, WSF, CFE Pistol

    45acp--Bullseye, WST, 231, Titegroup, CFE Pistol

    etc
    Almost any handgun or shotgun powder can be made to work in most of those.

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    No one likes Lil'gun?

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    Lil' gun has a reputation of burning up forcing cones in revolvers. Some folks say this was disproved in all but one manufacturer (freedom arms I believe). However to me it's just not worth the chance of ruining a 1000$ revolver.

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    When I could get it I used AA5 and AA7 for my pistol loads (.357, 9mm, .45acp). Measured well and burned clean.

    Now days I am using 700X, Blue Dot and Titegroup cause that is what I have. I don't usually stock up on pistol powders like I do for the rifles.

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    I use HS-6, Unique, HP-38, VV N310 and Bullseye. I don't load much full on magnum stuff. The 310 works great for light .38 boolits and is also very good for .45 200 swc. HS-6 for .44 mag and heavy .357 boolits. Unique and HP-38 in .44 special. Bullseye for hbwc.

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    I do them all with only two powders

    Bullseye and AutoComp

    Do not use Unique, Herco, Red Dot or any large particle flake powders because they do not measure uniformly in the Star and Dillon machines.
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    Bullseye, Red Dot, AA#2, Unique for all of those listed for general use loads. For magnum performance from the magnums, I use H110 or Winchester 296- whichever I can find- they are the same powder.
    LilGun was ok in .357 and .41 magnum for me. I bought it for .22 Hornet; when I sold the rifle, I used it up in the Blackhawks.
    I'll try other powders but the above is where my experience exists.

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    Titegroup is another good one for the auto loaders. I also use blue dot for 40s&w and 10mm, and I little bit in 44mag

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stopsign32v View Post
    No one likes Lil'gun?
    Lil gun is the smallest/finest granulated hottest burning powder I have ever used.

    It is a very application specific powder, and runs the guns so hot they will remove the prints from your fingers if you touch the barrel, after extended shooting.

    Lil gun is like a powerful abusive titegroup.

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    9mm cast -alliant power pistol (for accuracy/match loading) and alliant red dot(for low recoil, barely enough recoil to cycle my cz, dribble brass on my right boot loads)

    9mm jacketed-alliant (unique,power pistol, blue dot) (blue dot for accuracy and bonus fireballs)

    38 special- ww231(wadcutters), alliant red dot (taurus 82 target loads), unique, Imr 4227(full power 38 special,accurate too), imr trail boss. ( trail boss smells like cat urine yuck)

    357 mag cast and jacketed-ww296/h110, imr 4227,

    357 mag jacketed-alliant 2400/ww296 (muzzle blast so intense the targets paper get shredded at 3 yards, I needed to know! )

    I like the smell of unique, power pistol and ww296. It smells like freedom.

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    A loading data website that lists all calibers/bullet weight the OP posted (except failed to list bullet weights) http://stevespages.com/page8a.htm.
    The white background powder charges listed provide the best accuracy
    Regards
    John

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    Quote Originally Posted by 358429 View Post
    Lil gun is the smallest/finest granulated hottest burning powder I have ever used.

    It is a very application specific powder, and runs the guns so hot they will remove the prints from your fingers if you touch the barrel, after extended shooting.

    Lil gun is like a powerful abusive titegroup.

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    I was just asking because that is a powder I know Buffalo Bore uses for some of their Magnum +P+ loads

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Boy View Post
    A loading data website that lists all calibers/bullet weight the OP posted (except failed to list bullet weights) … http://stevespages.com/page8a.htm.
    The white background powder charges listed provide the best accuracy
    That's pretty cool

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