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Posted: 8/11/2020 7:23:24 PM EDT
Does anyone have experience with Shooter's World powders that they would like to share?

I'm looking at Auto Pistol, Ultimate Pistol, and Major Pistol for .380, 9mm, and .45 ACP.  How do those compare to True Blue, Silhouette, Zip, CFE Pistol, and Unique for the listed cartridges?

I'm also looking at AR Plus and Tactical Rifle for bulk 55-62 gr. .223 Rem. and 150 gr. .308 Win.  How do those compare to Tac, H-335, and BL-C2?

Of the listed powders, Shooter's World or otherwise, is there one you prefer for the given pistol cartridges?  For the rifle cartridges?  Why?

Bonus question:  which of the listed powders is favored for .380?
Link Posted: 8/11/2020 7:47:26 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/11/2020 7:47:48 PM EDT by doktarZues]
I switched to SW precision rifle for my plinking powder a few months ago when I couldn't refill any of my normal stuff. It's surprisingly good seeing as I gave very little love to the loads/workups. Nothing fancy, I referenced their published load data and I'm right below max I believe for their 55gr and 62gr. I recall getting right around 1moa with nosler 77cc with a few loads I just threw at it. Gold Dot 62gr around 1.5-2moa, bulk 55gr around 2-2.5moa.

I haven't messed with their pistol or ANY pistol powder fwiw, but I read the tea leaves and have slowly scored everything I need for 5k worth of 9mm (with the exception of dies which I have on backorder with brownells). The powder I grabbed for this adventure is SW Ultimate Pistol. I did a lot of reading and that seemed as good as any so.. TAG.
Link Posted: 8/11/2020 9:03:07 PM EDT
Picked up a couple of pounds of their Blackout  just to have some around.

  Loaded some 203 grain coated Palmetto Projectile bullets for my 300 with 10 grains. The Shooters World Blackout powder burns very clean compared to the 1680 I normally use. After 15-20 shots the 1680 would leave so much unburned powder it was like a handful of sand in the action.
    Shot out of a no name $90  8.5 inch 1-8" barrel purchased  from  PSA several years ago. Always shot with my octane .45 on it. I would say it is just as loud as the 1680
powder to my ears.

Link Posted: 8/11/2020 11:04:13 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/11/2020 11:09:48 PM EDT
I've had decent luck with Shooters World Precision in .223 & .308. I've used it in 6GT and 6.5CM as well. You can pretty well use Varget data for it.

Sounds like you're running a progressive though. If so, I'd stay away from it; horrible flow characteristics.
Link Posted: 8/12/2020 7:11:49 AM EDT
I started collecting them this summer when "the big name powders" started drying up. I'm liking them so far. I got a few loads worked up with blackout that rival or better my normal loads. I have a few pounds of socom I can't wait to try out. Precision shoots very nice. I need to finish up a few runs of 9mm before I start tearing into their pistol powders.
Link Posted: 8/12/2020 7:46:29 AM EDT
Hopefully this weekend I can tell you how their PR powder works in 308.

IIRC I was unable to get enough powder in there to reach max, I tried compressing charges, but it got to the point that it pushed the bullet back out some.

It does seem smaller than varget, and didn't give me fits trying to throw charges, but it's still a stick powder.
Link Posted: 8/12/2020 9:18:57 AM EDT
I use SW Major and SW Heavy.

SW Major is like AA#7, works great in 9mm and 45 for +p type loads. It likes to be on the upper end of pressure to be clean. Also use it in 357 mag for medium loads.

SW Heavy is like AA#9, works great in 357 sig, 10mm, all the magnums. I use it in 45 Colt for hunting rounds, 38 Super, and 357 mag.

I also have some SW Precision which is supposed to be like Varget. Haven't tried it yet.
Link Posted: 8/13/2020 7:48:52 PM EDT
I have some test loads for the 6.5 Grendel loaded with Tactical Rifle and Match Rifle but haven't got to shoot them yet. We are building a new shooting shed and benches at the range.

I have shot some 64 gr Nosler Bonded Performance loaded with Tactical Rifle in 223. They did OK at about 1.25 " at 100 yards shot out of a M&P 15. Come to think of it I bought the bullets off of you on the EE a few years ago along with some 77 grain Nosler CC's. I am planning on trying both powder with those as well.

Link Posted: 8/14/2020 1:47:00 AM EDT
All SW powders SUCK. Do not buy it!

If you already bought some, send them to me for disposal
Link Posted: 8/14/2020 1:54:48 PM EDT
Anyone using their powders in cast rifle loads?
Specifically 308 or 7.62x54? I'd like to find a back up for RX7. I'm not surprised thier data doesn't show much for cast.
Link Posted: 8/15/2020 11:48:19 PM EDT
I picked up 8 lbs os SW match a few months ago.  So far I have used it with M1 Garand and 6.5 Grendel.

Garand load was just ok, but the Grendel load was stellar.   Best velocity so far with 120 GD and under  MOA groups.

Link Posted: 8/16/2020 9:54:20 AM EDT
Shot some loads with the SW "precision rifle" that is totally, absolutely, positively NOT varget... we got the point, SW!

Only shot it in .308WIN.

Around 85*, 20" barrel, FGMM and M118LR cases (they weigh the same and behave the same), BR2 primer, 175gr SMK seated to ~2.815 OAL.
38gr, 2325AVG/14SD/29ES
39gr, 2384/9/18
40gr, 2410/11/23
41gr, 2481/9/18
42gr, 2534/10/20

Groups were decent, not as tight as ARCOMP, m118lr, or TAC, but respectable and would probably get there with further development.

Around 80*, same rifle, 165gr red plastic tip midway factory seconds (I believe they are Hornady SST), MEN-16 cases, WLR primer, I'd have to go grab my load tag but IIRC 2.800 OAL.
39gr, 2378/12/24
40gr, 2421/8/17
41gr, 2484/16/31
42gr, 2565/8/16
43gr, 2612/15/29

3 shot groups. It kept trying to stack 2 shots and then throw #3 to around 1¼" at 100yds. Pretty good results considering the input and cost.

I would absolutely buy more of this powder and continue testing/using it. Seems like good stuff.
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