Best 45 acp powders?

Discussion in 'Ammo & Reloading' started by 48conkli, Jan 11, 2014.

  1. 48conkli

    48conkli New Member

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    I was curious to see if anyone else has any input on which powders work best in 45 acp. Most notably the short barreled xds.

    Powders I currently Have a supply of.

    -Aliant Bullseye
    -Aliant Unique
    -IMR 800x


    I have just recently got my 45 acp dies and am trying to figure out what is best for 45. I have only reloaded 380 acp and 9mm in the past.
     
  2. Teddybear

    Teddybear New Member

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    I've used Winchester 231 for years and have always had good results, both with cast and jacketed bullets.
     

  3. CallMaker

    CallMaker Guest

    I use Winchester 231 and Unique. Have for many years and both work well for jacketed and cast bullets.
     
  4. 48conkli

    48conkli New Member

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    I might just have to look into the Winchester 231. I will be reloading primarily 230 lead round nose bullets. Thanks.
     
  5. jeeper1

    jeeper1 New Member

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    I have been using Unique for over 30 years.
     
  6. CallMaker

    CallMaker Guest

    Hi jeeper1. Welcome to the forum.

    Why not stop be the intro and say hello.

    Been quite a few years since I have been in Sequim. Used to live there years ago.
     
  7. Colt45

    Colt45 New Member

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    Hodgdon HP-38 is the same as Winchester 231. I've had good luck finding this as opposed to the 231. Works great in 9mm &.38spl loads to boot!
     
  8. delta6

    delta6 New Member

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    HP-38, 231 and Unique are all great powders for .45 ACP
     
  9. CallMaker

    CallMaker Guest

    Hi delta6. Welcome to the forum.

    Why not stop by the intro thread and say hello to everyone.
     
  10. Bigfean24

    Bigfean24 New Member

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    I've used the 800. Not impressed. Not clean burning. Left little bits of powder down the barrel. I use clays for lead rn. And I like it. Not to mention you don't have to use a lot of grains.
     
  11. RibEye

    RibEye Steak Medium Rare

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    as long as its 230 grain and goes BOOM!!
     
  12. Jim_D

    Jim_D New Member

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    231 and Unique.
     
  13. BigDog58

    BigDog58 New Member

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    I use Bullseye exclusively in my loading of .45 ACP. It gives good velocity and its fairly clean burning in my Glocks
     
  14. shaner

    shaner Active Member

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    hp-38 or 231 for me
     
  15. en7kids

    en7kids New Member

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    I have a 9mm. Thanks for all the comments.
     
  16. jayson

    jayson New Member

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    Bullseye has had the best results for me, with win 231 in a strong 2nd place for .45 acp.

    Power pistol has had best results for me with win 231 in a strong 2nd place for 9 mm.


    I keep a few lbs each of the Bullseye and Power pistol and have a few lbs of win 231 as backup.
     
  17. brbelectric

    brbelectric New Member

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    I use unique. It seems to meter well, but it's dirty. That's not to say that it causes problems in 3-400 round sessions, but it takes more than a casual wipe down afterward.