Shotgun Powders for pistols.

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Shotgun Powders for pistols.

Postby GhostlyOne » Sun Sep 28, 2014 11:41 am

With the scarcity of "regular" pistol gunpowder, specifically Bullseye and Unique, I have begun to investigate the use of "other" powders for reloading pistol calibers. Right now I am loading .380, 9mm, 38spl, .40, .44Spl and Magnum, and .45acp. Has anybody investigated doing this?

I spoke to a chemist(?) from Alliant the other day and a synopsis of our discussion was that "gunpowder is gunpowder. Single base and double base. As long as you keep to published recipes, work up loads from starting charge amounts, you should be fine. Of course, discussions regarding relative burn rates, COAL, cleanliness of different powders, compressed loads, and ease of metering different powders ensued.

It looks as if there is not a real problem with using other powders for pistol loads. I have PB, Red Dot, Blue Dot, HS-6 and some other "Shotgun" powders available to me.

Suggestions? Warning based on "real" experiences? Any help would be appreciated.

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Postby Sparky45 » Sun Sep 28, 2014 1:35 pm

I use Blue Dot, Green Dot, and Red Dot for pistol. Lots of published recipes out there. Blue Dot for my .357 and 44-40; both Red Dot and Green Dot for my .45ACP, and Red Dot for the .45LC.

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Postby carload9 » Sun Sep 28, 2014 3:25 pm

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Postby erle » Sun Sep 28, 2014 3:26 pm

I have regularly used "Unique" for 9mm, 38 Special, & .45 ACP for many, many years. I use "Blue Dot" for my .357 loads.

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