Recommend powder for .45 ACP

Discussion in 'Caliber Talk: Ammunition, Reloading, and Shooting ' started by Cimarronkid, Oct 1, 2020.

  1. Cimarronkid

    Cimarronkid Active Member

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    Sep 1, 2020
    I have been out of reloading for a few years but with the crazy world today I am looking to get started back up. I have between 300 to 500 primed 45 acp brass and about that many lead round nose bullets, but don’t have any powder. Just found a possible avenue for powder but I’m not sure the best one to ask for. This avenue is from a personal friend and not a guarantee, but it’s worth a try.

    thanks in advance.
     
  2. noylj

    noylj Member

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    May 20, 2012
    Any powder from Bullseye to Unique. Look in your reloading manual and note the powders referenced, as you need load data anyway.
     

  3. Cimarronkid

    Cimarronkid Active Member

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    Sep 1, 2020
    I will, but thought that someone might have favorite ones.
     
  4. Mike A

    Mike A Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Mar 19, 2017
  5. boatdoc

    boatdoc Well-Known Member

    Aug 3, 2015
    bulllseye works fine.light loads @ 3.8-4.0 grains make shooting 45 acp 185 gr fun again
     
  6. boatdoc

    boatdoc Well-Known Member

    Aug 3, 2015
    AA =?
     
  7. cdhbrad

    cdhbrad Well-Known Member

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    Nov 21, 2011
    Bullseye or VVN310, 4.0gr of either, under a 200gr Coated SWC works great in every .45 ACP I own from 1911s to my CZ97 and S&W 25-5.

    N320 or W231/HP-38 are also great powders for .45ACP, I just haven't taken the time to work up loads as I have plenty of my two favorites and 1# goes a long weight at 4.0gr/round.
     
  8. 1LuvGuns

    1LuvGuns Incurable..... NRA Lifer

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    Aug 14, 2012
    I've used Bullseye, WSF, and recently W231 - all seem to work well...
     
  9. Mike A

    Mike A Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Mar 19, 2017
    Accurate Arms Power #2 & #7 for the 9mm. Super clean burn.
     
  10. Uncle Bob

    Uncle Bob Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Sep 22, 2017
    231 or HP-38

    Bullseye (but dirtier)
     
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  11. dasroofr

    dasroofr Well-Known Member

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    Jul 13, 2019
    Unique for me under 230gn round nose. Very shootable
     
  12. pscipio03

    pscipio03 Fun O' Meter on FULL

    Mar 11, 2013
    I go back and forth between Bullseye and Unique. Sometimes Clays for S&G's.
    Use Bullseye more as it shoots cleaner and I've developed pet loads for both 45 and 9mm.
    That said, 45 tends to be one of the most forgiving calibers to load and you're probably going to find recipes for most pistol powders.
    Personally, if I wasn't already stocked up, I'd simply pick the powder that was easiest to find. If your LGS has Unique- buy it. Bullseye- buy it. Clays- buy it. AA- well, you get the picture.
     
  13. FatMikey

    FatMikey Member

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    Apr 29, 2020
    Favorite target load is 4.6 gn VV N310 with 200 gn X-treme copper plated round nose. I sometimes go a little lighter charge with 1911s but the Glocks definitely prefer a higher charge.
     
  14. Cimarronkid

    Cimarronkid Active Member

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    Sep 1, 2020
    Thanks for all of the good advice
     
  15. Dwe

    Dwe I'm a terminal 1911 Addict!

    Sep 4, 2011
    I’ve used 231 for 25 years for 45s.
    Today I Loaded these 45’s with Win 231/HP38.
    I use Tightgroup as an alternative.


    1000 ea 200gr Coated LSWC’s
    100 each 185 gr, and 230gr. XTP HPs.
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    Last edited: Oct 1, 2020
  16. Uncle Bob

    Uncle Bob Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Sep 22, 2017
    Long time ago we did the which powder is better in IPSC. 231 always came out on top, Bullseye next and last Unique. Years later Titegroup got popular but it's nowhere near as forgiving about pressure as 231. If someone calls Bullseye "clean", they haven't used cleaner burning powders.
     
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  17. Yoemen66

    Yoemen66 Well-Known Member

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    Aug 10, 2017
    231 and titegroup
     
  18. Heavyopp

    Heavyopp Well-Known Member

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    Apr 25, 2013
    Some shotgun powders can do double duty as pistol powders too

    I use Promo — 4.1 grn under a 200 grn swc — lately been loading 200 grn RN the same way — 1.248 oal
     
  19. Cimarronkid

    Cimarronkid Active Member

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    Sep 1, 2020
    Thanks for all of the informative reply’s
     
  20. noylj

    noylj Member

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    May 20, 2012
    AA = Accurate Arms, now part of Western Powders, soon to be part of Hodgdon.
    You can go with the powder the military used: Bullseye
    You can go with the powder Bullseye competitors use a lot of: Bullseye
    You can use the powder I find most accurate in my guns: 231/HP38
    or,
    you can use the powders you find on the shelf at your gun store, if you are lucky.
     

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