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tennmike
07-09-2011, 04:40 PM
Looked through my load notebooks this morning and noticed a decided trend in loads as to what powders I use most. Decided I must be an old school curmudgeon as to powder choices.
Most used:
IMR 3031, 4350,4064, 4198
Hodgdon 4350, Clays, Universal Clays, International, Lil' Gun
Accurate Nitro 100, No. 9, No. 5, No. 7, and No. 2
Hercules Red Dot

Most (at least 95%) of my rifle loads are with the IMR powders. Most of my pistol plinking loads are with the Hodgdon Clays, and I have WAY more shotshell loads for Hercules Red Dot than the Hodgdon powders. I guess I found what worked for me and stopped looking.

Sooooo......................What are your most used powders?:uhm:

snake284
07-09-2011, 04:55 PM
I've used about all of the slower to mid range IMR powders with great luck. I've also used some Hodgdon powders with excellent results. I have even used Winchester 760 Ball powder and liked it for what I used it for (Don't remember at the moment and don't have my old loading books anymore). But I have recently gotten me some Varget and some Aliant Reloader 17. Haven't tried them yet, but I just finished a term of school and I will take a leave of absense this term because the last class I need isn't being offered this term. That's the end of the hunt for me and I'll have a bachelors of Science in Legal studies. I'm already signed up for it in September, but until then I'm free at last! So I'll be doing some loading and shooting soon. I want to try the Reloader 17 in my .250 Savage and the Varget in everything. I also will try some BLC-2 in my .223 courtesy of beartracker's advice. I'm going to have some quality R&R for the next 10 weeks and Reloading will figure heavlily into that.

Big Al1
07-09-2011, 04:56 PM
Just started reloading again so I decided to try and keep it simple and keep the powders to a minimum. So far I use IMR 3031 for the 45/70, .303, 7.7 Jap and 7.63 Argentine. Unique for the .45Colt, .44, 38/357, and .455 Webley. As soon I get some .284 brass I'll get some IMR 4350.

Linefinder
07-09-2011, 05:01 PM
H4350, RL22, Ramshot XTerminator, RL7. This covers everything from elk to pdogs and BR comp. The XTerm and RL7 could be interchangable if necessary, so I could get by very well for all my rifle chamberings with only 3 powders.

I don't load enough handgun to speak of, but IIRC, I have a pound or two of H110.

Mike

Buford
07-09-2011, 05:06 PM
Lets see.

IMR 4350
IMR 4895
Winchester 296
Hodgen H110
Hodgen H380
Unique

Those powders cover everything from 223 up to 458 Winchester mag and everything in between.

cpj
07-09-2011, 05:08 PM
W231, H110, Unique, H322, Varget, Trailboss.I think thats it without getting off my butt and checking.

rberglof
07-09-2011, 05:51 PM
IMR4350. H4895, H4198, Trail Boss, H110 and just happen to have a lot of W571.

wddodge
07-09-2011, 06:52 PM
Clays... Does most of my handgun plinking loads
H110.... For the magnum handgun loads
IMR4895.... For the Garand loads
Varget.... Goes for just about all mil-sup rounds, .220 Swift
H322.... Goes for the .223 rem

I'm sure there are better powders for each particular load but I'd hate to have as many powders as I have die sets.

Denny

wolf049
07-09-2011, 06:57 PM
H1000
h4831
r22
hs 6
h110

Big Chief
07-09-2011, 07:15 PM
Unique, Power Pistol, Varget, Data Powder 2230 for .223 (lately because I inherited a couple jugs) H-4895, H-110, Win 296, Herco, Bullseye................others.

oldgold
07-09-2011, 07:54 PM
.380,.38 Special,9mm,.40S&W,45ACP=WW-231
.223=H322
22-250=H414/W760
.44Special,.45 Long Colt= Trail Boss
.308,30-06=Imr-4831
12Ga= Promo/Red-Dot

WW-231- I've tried a lot of different powders in these rounds but I keep coming back to 231.

H-322-52-53 grain bullets and my guns love this combo.

H-414/W-760- Same 52-53 grain bullets= one hole

Trail Boss=Best accuracy out of a .45 Long Colt

IMR-4831- Light load favorite, fills the case.

Promo/ Red Dot- Used to shoot PB. Price and availability made the change

timc
07-09-2011, 08:52 PM
This is my majority.

IMR 4895
H 335
Varget
H 110
universal

wildgene
07-09-2011, 09:09 PM
...RL-17 for the .325, .300, .25, TAC for the .223, IMR-4831, RL-22 for the 7mag...

...lil'gun, Unique, Enforcer for the revolvers...

dld
07-09-2011, 10:18 PM
only Unique

knitepoet
07-09-2011, 10:54 PM
H4895
Varget
Ramshot TAC
H4350
Li'l Gun
Unique
Those handle everything I load for

Pegasus
07-10-2011, 12:50 AM
Varget.

Jayhawker
07-10-2011, 01:54 AM
Varget - .223, .22-250, 7mm-08, .308....
RL22 - .300 Win Mag, 7mm Rem Mag
H4198 - .45-70, .38-55
TiteGroup - .45 Colt

ojr
07-10-2011, 06:14 AM
ADI 2208[ Varget], ADI 2209[ H4350],
ADI 2206H [ H4895]an
Vihtavouri N560.
ADI is "Australian Defence industry" sold as Hodgen in the USA.

The Varget is for the 308, the H4350 for a 120gr BT for one 6.5x55, H 4895 is for the 22 250 and theVitN560 is for the 140gr Amax in another 6.5x55.

BPsniper
07-10-2011, 09:10 AM
Being new to this, all I got is H4831sc and H4350.

robert38-55
07-10-2011, 11:45 AM
I am going off memory here and we all know how that works anyway;

I used Unique for .38, .357, 9mm .40

I used Unique and Universal clays for 12ga.

I used the BL-2C for the .223 and Beartracker is right Its GOOOOD for the .223 fired it both my mini-14 and an AR-15 works flawlessly!!!!!!

I used the H110 for the .357 maximum I used to have.

I used the Winchester 296 for the first .270, but switched to IMR 4895

ericb
07-10-2011, 04:54 PM
Clays....Shotgun
4350...rifle
3031...Rifle
4895...Rifle
296....Magnum Handgun
Before Clays was introduced I loaded a lot of 700x and Red Dot

Jim Tom
07-10-2011, 05:31 PM
For rifle I use more Varget than anything, followed by H380, W760, 3031, and RL17.
For target handgun, I use W231 and Trailboss. Midrange handgun gets a lot of Unique; and magnum handgun gets H110 and something I'm suprised I have'nt seen on here, 2400.

Bigboreshooter
07-11-2011, 12:29 AM
I'm old school when it comes to reloading, and I like powders that work well with multiple cartridges.

Handguns:

90%+ of my handgun reloading (based on number of rounds) is either W231 or Unique, with Bullseye a distant 3rd. I'll use H110 or 2400 for heavy 45 Colt loads.


Rifles:

I don't own any magnums, so medium to slow powders work for my rifles. I mostly use IMR 3031, 4064, 4895, 4320, or 4350. I do occasionally load magnum cartridges for other people, and use either flavor of 4831 for those.

ilove22s
07-11-2011, 12:39 AM
unique & bullseye for now.

maybe later VV N340, N320.

snake284
07-11-2011, 02:48 AM
What I want to try, now that you can buy the powder is some Hornaday Superformance. This interests me a lot. They say you don't always get the magnificent gains from it but in certain calibers and loads you do and I would like to check around and see what I can do with 30-06, .270, and .280. If I can get two-three hundred FPS with a 180 Grain bullet in the 30-06, that make it for all practical purposes, a Magnum. The Same with the other two mentioned, .270 and .280. That puts them up there with the 7 Mag.

ericb
07-11-2011, 04:22 AM
What I want to try, now that you can buy the powder is some Hornaday Superformance. This interests me a lot. They say you don't always get the magnificent gains from it but in certain calibers and loads you do and I would like to check around and see what I can do with 30-06, .270, and .280. If I can get two-three hundred FPS with a 180 Grain bullet in the 30-06, that make it for all practical purposes, a Magnum. The Same with the other two mentioned, .270 and .280. That puts them up there with the 7 Mag.

Snake
I am interested to hear what gains you get from the Hornady powder.