What powders do you use most for reloading?

tennmiketennmike Senior MemberPosts: 21,503 Senior Member
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:
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  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 20,704 Senior Member
    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.
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  • Big Al1Big Al1 Senior Member Posts: 6,526 Senior Member
    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 **** 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.
  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 3,971 Senior Member
    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
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  • BufordBuford Senior Member Posts: 6,527 Senior Member
    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.
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  • cpjcpj Senior Member Posts: 36,687 Senior Member
    W231, H110, Unique, H322, Varget, Trailboss.I think thats it without getting off my butt and checking.
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  • rberglofrberglof Senior Member Posts: 1,921 Senior Member
    IMR4350. H4895, H4198, Trail Boss, H110 and just happen to have a lot of W571.
  • wddodgewddodge Senior Member Posts: 941 Senior Member
    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
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  • wolf049wolf049 Member Posts: 217 Member
    H1000
    h4831
    r22
    hs 6
    h110
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  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 30,141 Senior Member
    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.
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  • oldgoldoldgold New Member Posts: 1 New Member
    .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
  • timctimc Senior Member Posts: 6,253 Senior Member
    This is my majority.

    IMR 4895
    H 335
    Varget
    H 110
    universal
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  • wildgenewildgene Senior Member Posts: 1,036 Senior Member
    ...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...
  • dlddld Member Posts: 313 Member
    only Unique
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 16,584 Senior Member
    H4895
    Varget
    Ramshot TAC
    H4350
    Li'l Gun
    Unique
    Those handle everything I load for
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  • PegasusPegasus Senior Member Posts: 2,467 Senior Member
    Varget.
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 13,541 Senior Member
    Varget - .223, .22-250, 7mm-08, .308....
    RL22 - .300 Win Mag, 7mm Rem Mag
    H4198 - .45-70, .38-55
    TiteGroup - .45 Colt
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  • ojrojr Senior Member Posts: 627 Senior Member
    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.
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  • BPsniperBPsniper Banned Posts: 1,962 Senior Member
    Being new to this, all I got is H4831sc and H4350.
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  • robert38-55robert38-55 Senior Member Posts: 3,621 Senior Member
    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
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  • ericbericb Banned Posts: 393 Member
    Clays....Shotgun
    4350...rifle
    3031...Rifle
    4895...Rifle
    296....Magnum Handgun
    Before Clays was introduced I loaded a lot of 700x and Red Dot
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  • Jim TomJim Tom Member Posts: 338 Member
    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.
  • BigboreshooterBigboreshooter Member Posts: 155 Member
    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.
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  • ilove22silove22s Senior Member Posts: 1,010 Senior Member
    unique & bullseye for now.

    maybe later VV N340, N320.
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  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 20,704 Senior Member
    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.
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  • ericbericb Banned Posts: 393 Member
    snake284 wrote: »
    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.
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