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Old 11-19-2015, 05:38 PM
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Your favorite 45 acp powder

The more I use BE-86 and CFE the more I am impressed but.........So many powders that are good all around range type shooting.
I don't load self defense rounds, I like Gold Dot for that, and so do a lot of others they make a fine cartridge.
But for the IDPA and gun sports/plinking shooting paper /steel, whats your favorite.
And yes I know this has probably been asked before, probably before some of the newer powders were available.
So tell me about your "Go To" powder I want to try it.
Best/joe
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Old 11-19-2015, 05:55 PM
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Nothing to tell. Bullseye, been loaded in 45 for 100years +.
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Old 11-19-2015, 06:21 PM
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Just shot some today with Bullseye and some with TiteGroup. No complaints with them
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Old 11-19-2015, 06:22 PM
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BE-86 works fine for full power loads but not as well as Bullseye for reduced loads. BE-86 seems to burn best with higher pressure rounds such as 9mm etc. (it was developed as a 9mm powder to begin with) and leaves more unburnt powder in 45 acp loadings compared with regular Bullseye. For accuracy, regular Bullseye or WST seem to beat BE-86 with cast bullets in 45 acp. Bullseye and WST are both more versatile in 45 acp. I think BE-86 is a better 9mm or maybe 40s&w powder than a 45 powder in general.
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Old 11-19-2015, 06:34 PM
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started with Titegroup have switched to WST because it was more available.. like both
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Old 11-19-2015, 06:35 PM
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Many will disagree, but I'm still stuck on Unique. Been that way for 40 yrs.
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Old 11-19-2015, 06:37 PM
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w231.
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Old 11-19-2015, 06:40 PM
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Accurate #5 is my favorite.
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Old 11-19-2015, 06:58 PM
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Clays, WST and Bullseye are my top three
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Old 11-19-2015, 07:12 PM
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W231 and HP38.
CFE pistol also used.
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Old 11-19-2015, 07:23 PM
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Favorite 45 ACP Powder

Bullseye for past 30 + years. Now hard to find, tried Power Pistol and it's OK
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Old 11-19-2015, 07:25 PM
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#1. Bullseye
#2. Bullseye
#3. Bullseye

But then again, I just started shooting competition pistol in the 1960's and learn more every day.

Haven't shot a Bullseye Match since this morning.
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Old 11-19-2015, 07:26 PM
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Titegroup, Bullseye, Unique and all of those "ole time favorites" are still scarce as hen's teeth in my neck of the woods.

I have used Longshot, Green Dot and currently WSF. Also have 4 pounds of Titewad on deck.
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Old 11-19-2015, 07:43 PM
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Old 11-19-2015, 07:43 PM
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Universal Clays is my favorite handgun powder and serves well in the 45 acp.
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Old 11-19-2015, 07:44 PM
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I have a couple hundred SWC's loaded with Bullseye sitting on my bench, and about 100 each of HAP's in 230 Grn and 200 Grn .
I'm going to shoot some paper and see how they do, 5 Grns, 1.250
COAL. I Expect them to shoot better than I can.
Looks like Bullseye is in the majority so far
Thanks men for you input.
Best/joe

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Old 11-19-2015, 07:49 PM
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Win231/HP38 been using it for years.
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Old 11-19-2015, 07:50 PM
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185gr jhp or lead swaged 185-200gr . Vv310

230gr fmj wsf

wst is very hard to beat for an all around .45 powder. Jp
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Old 11-19-2015, 07:50 PM
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I started with Red Dot 35yrs ago. Accurate but kinda dirty. Large flakes were hard on my powder measure too.

Went to W-231/HP-38 because I used the same charges in .45 and .38 special. Small flakes metered nicely.

Can't find W-231/HP-38 anymore , so I'm back to Red Dot , which I can find no problem.
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Old 11-19-2015, 08:09 PM
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Universal Clays is my favorite handgun powder and serves well in the 45 acp.
I just bought 8# from Wideners.

During the great component glut, I stumbled upon American Select. I have loaded about 6 # of that in 45 ACP. I also like WST for 45 ACP. I load a lot of PowerPistol as well for 45 GAP and 10mm
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Old 11-19-2015, 08:45 PM
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I'm screwing around with N320 right now because earlier this summer when I needed some powder, most of the others were unavailable. Clean, good velocity, measures well, no complaints.
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Old 11-19-2015, 08:50 PM
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Bullseye is all I have shot and started on it a year ago. I'm fairly new to reloading and it was highly recommended. The only thing is that it's a bit smoky. But I shoot hard cast lead too so the lube has more to do with the smoke than the powder. I think I'll switch to jacketed or coated bullets.
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Old 11-19-2015, 08:55 PM
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Bullseye and Unique since 1982 as far as I am concerned.
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Old 11-19-2015, 09:28 PM
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bullseye and 231 have been my go to powders for many years, but im looking into silhouette and universal. both can push to +p levels if you want.
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Old 11-19-2015, 09:52 PM
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Bullseye, aa#5, ramshot zip, vv n340
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