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Posted: 3/25/2012 4:08:39 PM EDT
Since I got into reloading, I have been loading 357 plinker loads with 5grs of Universal Clays. This afternoon I pretty much used the last of the Universal Clays and I'm going to be looking for a new powder. Universal Clays seemed to burn pretty dirty with the 158 LSWC bullets I use and I'd also like to start loading 9mm so finding a powder that would work well for both would be ideal.

Does anybody have any recommendations? I'm using a lee classic turret press and disk powder dispenser.

Thanks,

870fan
Link Posted: 3/25/2012 4:51:06 PM EDT
I use Winchester 231 for my 9, 45 and 38 loads. Meters well.
Link Posted: 3/25/2012 4:59:37 PM EDT
for my 9 and 357 sig i run HS-6 pretty clean and it is great if you decide to tun the velocity up on the loads it is great for hd/sd loads.
Link Posted: 3/25/2012 5:26:15 PM EDT
Winchester WST in 9mm.

I highly recommend it - cleanest and softest shooting powder I've come across. Reloading manuals list data for WST powder for only .40's and .45's, but if you do some searching you'll find some numbers.
Link Posted: 3/25/2012 6:12:58 PM EDT
Accurate no 5
Link Posted: 3/25/2012 6:40:57 PM EDT
What no one recommends Titegroup. I use 4 grains behind my 115gn FMJ all day long. Not too hot not too weak. Just right in the middle. Great powder and hasn't been that dirty for me.
Link Posted: 3/25/2012 6:42:41 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/25/2012 6:46:45 PM EDT
another 231 user. Good for most pistols espeically plinking rounds. If you don't load too light its stays pretty clean as well.
Link Posted: 3/25/2012 7:14:48 PM EDT
im using IMR 700-X for 9mm and 38spl
Link Posted: 3/25/2012 8:38:09 PM EDT
Another vote for True Blue.

Works in virtually all my pistol calibers I reload for. hard to beat that.
Link Posted: 3/25/2012 8:42:42 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/26/2012 5:08:46 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/26/2012 5:34:36 AM EDT
Accurate #5, titegroup, 231

I currently use #5 for 9 but all love clays. the others will give you a sharper recoil than Clays.
Link Posted: 3/26/2012 6:07:15 AM EDT
I used Power Pistol for all my pistol caliber reloads (9mm, 45 ACP, 38 Special and 357 Magnum) but have since switched to using different powders for every caliber. Why? The 2 reasons for this change were picking powders that would overflow the case if I did a double charge and I wanted powders with lower flash. Power Pistol is very versatile but it also produces a decent muzzle flash.

Now I'm using AA #7 for 9mm and AA #9 for 357 Magnum.
Link Posted: 3/26/2012 6:39:32 AM EDT
Give HP38 a look
Link Posted: 3/26/2012 7:03:13 AM EDT
Yet another Win231 user here.
.357 plinking loads with 158gr plated.
Link Posted: 3/26/2012 7:18:13 AM EDT
Originally Posted By 870Fan:
..... Universal Clays seemed to burn pretty dirty with the 158 LSWC bullets .....

870fan


universal isn't a very dirty powder.....lead bullets are were the fouling, and smoke are coming from.



I load up bunny fart 357 with W231, CLAYS ( striaght clays, not universal) or WST

UNIQUE for mid-range

and W296 / H110 for full house magnum loads.

Link Posted: 3/26/2012 7:47:25 AM EDT
I have tried all of the above except True Blue. I would be interested in feed back on bullet weights that worked in 9mm. This powder seems a bit slow in 9, but I love to tinker. Thanks for your input gents.
Link Posted: 3/26/2012 7:53:50 AM EDT
true blue works grear for 9mm in 115 and 124 for me (I dont use the 147 grainers) and winds up doing great in 357 I dont have my load info in front of me.I think it will use around 12 grains in 357 with a 125 jacketed load.I know I am not using it for 158 lead loads though.You can check on the ramshot web site as they do list lead and plated loads for most calibers and by name.
Link Posted: 3/26/2012 8:27:12 AM EDT
I've been using Power Pistol for my 45 auto & .357. I've been happy with it.

Gonna use it in 9mm soon.
Link Posted: 3/26/2012 9:00:39 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/26/2012 9:01:42 AM EDT by dryflash3]
Link Posted: 3/26/2012 9:25:03 AM EDT
If you want clean burning with cast bullets, try VihtaVuori powders.
Link Posted: 3/26/2012 3:01:49 PM EDT
Originally Posted By dryflash3:

Originally Posted By Nick_Fury:
Another vote for True Blue.

Works in virtually all my pistol calibers I reload for. hard to beat that.

http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg272/dryflash3/Powder%20%20and%20Primers/P3240807.jpg

Still deciding on Silhouette, made up my mind on CFE223.



I was using Titegroup and am still pleased with it. I tired the True Blue on the recommendation of Dryflash3 and it's a great powder, shoots great, clean and meters like water.
Link Posted: 3/30/2012 4:49:21 PM EDT
Originally Posted By dryflash3:

Originally Posted By Nick_Fury:
Another vote for True Blue.

Works in virtually all my pistol calibers I reload for. hard to beat that.

http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg272/dryflash3/Powder%20%20and%20Primers/P3240807.jpg

Still deciding on Silhouette, made up my mind on CFE223.


When you say made up your mind on CFE223 does that mean you do or do not like it? I have been looking at possibly getting some WC842, equivalent of CFE223 I believe, and wanted to know if it is worth it.

Thanks
Link Posted: 3/30/2012 6:03:10 PM EDT
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