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I was wondering if someone could make a list of the 10 best powders to use for .45' I want to take it with to the gun shows to cross check prices and well basically buy whatever is cheeper.

I do ot want ot pay the $20 for hazmat
 

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Win 231 should definitely be high on the list for reloading .45 ACP.

Good shooting and be safe.
LB
 

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Unique and Bullseye have to be near the top.
 

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Strictly my opinion...

These are for useful loads (not range fodder)
1- Power Pistol (for max velocity)
2-Unique (decent all round powder)
3-Bullseye (capable of powering some pretty nice short barrel loads)

Thats the only three I can help you with.
 

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There is no “best” powder as it depends on your bullet load combination and what your gun likes.
Get yourself a burn rate chart, it will list all the more appropriate powders for the.45ACP

Generally fast to medium fast powders work the best.
The first 30 to 40 powders on the list fit in this category.
In order of approximate burn rate (depending on whose chart you reference)
These powders I have used and have performed well for me in standard pressure loadings.
There are others but any of the following will serve you well.

VV N310
Bullseye
Red Dot
Clays
AA No.2
Titegroup
Winchester WST
Green Dot
VV N320
HP-38
231
AA No.5
Unique
Universal
Winchester WSL
VV N340
 

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I use Promo. It is cheap and works.
Hi,

I bought a 8# keg a few years back, when I was shooting trap...I haven't shot trap in a while, but shoot my 1911's all the time.

Question, got any pet loads you could share for 200 gr SWC with Promo? :)

Powder's I've used for 45 ACP loads have been...

Clays
231
Red Dot
AA #2
Bullseye
HP38
Titegroup
Universal Clays
WST
Green Dot
AA#5

My favorite being Clays. Clean and economical. 4.0 gr's under a 200 gr LSWC for ~800 FPS in a 5" 1911
 

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I use 231 and Unique exclusively...never a reason to change, but, Titegroup, Clays (for target loads, anyway) and Bullseye are also now classics!
 

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Question, got any pet loads you could share for 200 gr SWC with Promo? :)

I've been using Promo as my primary powder in 45acp, 9mm and 38 spl for the last couple of years. Promo has a burn rate very similar to Red Dot, so you can safely use Red Dot loads.

With a 200gr LSWC, I like 4.4-4.6gr Promo.
 

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I've used mostly Bullseye 4.0 grains for target loads for past ten years (200grSWC). Great accuracy and economical.

Unique, 231, Clays are also ones that I've tried with Good results.
 

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Awesome thank you guys alot..

i have a 3inch .45 so shortbarrl podwers would be what? faster burn or slower?
 

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All of the best powders for .45 ACP in a 1911 are probably fast enough burning that it won't make much difference but the old rule was to use faster powders with shorter barrels. Win 231 or Bullseye will get the job done.

Good shooting and be safe.
LB
 

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The powders that I have used to load .45 are, in chronological order:
Unique
Bullseye
WW231
VV N320
Clays
Zip (and then back to Clays)
If I had to pick one, based only on its performance, it would be N320. Based on what I need a .45 powder to do, and figuring in cost, Clays is my favorite. That said, Clays is not a versatile powder, which most of the others are.
 

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Don't forget the venerable HS-6. I haven't had a bad 45 load with this powder, and it really shines on the hot end with 230 grainers.
 

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I shoot Promo in everything! 32 S&W-12ga.

My favorite 45acp load is 200 cast swc and 4.8grains of Promo with a WLP primer.
 

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Power Pistol
Unique
WAP/Silhouette
231
V-330
V-340
HS-6
Longshot


Most of my choices are in the medium-medium slow range. I've found with the "much faster" powders that max loads spike pressures waaaay to easy. I find those I listed above are much more forgiving and easier to find a "sweet spot" for accuracy/cleanliness/shootability/economy. Tracy
 

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my choices

1) W231

the rest) Nitro 100
700X
AA5
Power Pistol
Bullseye
WST
N350
Universal Clays
 

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If I had to get by on only two powders, I'd pick W231 and HS6. I'm getting real fond of VV N310 so that would be my third. Heck, let's just list 'em all:

W231
HS6
VV N310
Bullseye
Unique

I think that's all the powders I've ever tried in 45 acp except for VV N320, which didn't impress me over W231. I did try some BlueDot for some high capacity loads, and it was dirty and flashy. Should have asked here first, I reckon. I'm going to try some Power Pistol very soon cause it may be a clean alternative to Unique, which doesn't meter all that good.
 

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Power Pistol in the 45 ACP

It doesn't 'reduce' quite as well as Unique.
It produces the highest safe velocities.
It can be very (extremely) "accurate".

I base my powder choice on numerous factors, but the first is "Goal".
There are SO many good powder choices for the 45 it's almost not easy to pick, yet history can help us.

But someone once (Kerby Smith?) said something to the effect that his "world wouldn't stop spinning if the only choice was W231..."

I have data.
 
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