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What powder manufacturer do you use and why?
Discussion regarding the reloading of ammunition and tuning of loads for accuracy
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2006 12:39 pm    Post subject: Re: What powder manufacturer do you use and why? Reply with quote

What ever gives me the best results, Honestly I probably have alittle of everything here.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2006 8:38 pm    Post subject: Re: What powder manufacturer do you use and why? Reply with quote

Winchester
WST - Leftover from my shotshell reloading days.
W748 - .30-30

IMR
IMR4831 - 7mm Mag (old loads)

Alliant
Reloder 7 - .45-70
Reloder 25 - .300 Win Mag
Accurate
AA1680 - .375 Win

Hodgdon
Clays - Also leftover from shotshell, am using it in the .45ACP until gone.
HS-6 - 9mm Para, .45-70
H110 - .357 Mag, .44 Mag
Varget - .22-250, .257 Roberts, .30-30, .308 Win, .45-70
H4198 - .45-70
H4895 - .257 Roberts, .30-30,
H4350 - .257 Roberts, .300 Win Mag
H1000 - 7mm Mag
BL-C(2) - .30-30, .308 Win
Retumbo - .300 Win Mag
H4831SC - .257 Roberts, 7mm Rem Mag, .300 Win Mag
Benchmark - .308 Win, .45-70

Think that's about it!

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 12, 2006 10:23 am    Post subject: Re: What powder manufacturer do you use and why? Reply with quote

I use Alliant and IMR....do not know why I like it just seems to work well for me.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 2006 9:10 am    Post subject: Re: What powder manufacturer do you use and why? Reply with quote

Rifles could care less about a brand name because brand names have no effect on accuracy. The particular powder recomendations in a reloading manual give you alot of information especially when they make a notation about "Most Accurate Powder Tested". Usually that powder will shoot the best groups in your rifle of that caliber too.
If you said that you liked Hodgdon powders the best your are actually saying that you like ADI Limited powders of Australia or St. Marks Powders of Florida. Hodgdon does not manufactur rifle, shotgun, or pistol powders. They just repackage under their name.
There are only two powder makers that have not found their way to my reloading bench so far and that is Ramshot and VV. Not because they are not great powders, they are, but I just haven't gotten to them yet. So aim for the best powder in your caliber regardless of brand name.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 2006 10:08 am    Post subject: Re: What powder manufacturer do you use and why? Reply with quote

IMR- 4064, 4895, 3031, 4350 started using it 32 years ago...still use alot of it.

Alliant- RL-15 and RL-7 are two of my favs

Hodgdon- H380 and H4227 excellent metering qualities and make for very accurate ammo in my applications.

AA- 1680, 2520

WW- 296, 748
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 2006 11:01 am    Post subject: Re: What powder manufacturer do you use and why? Reply with quote

I let my guns decide that!

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 9:40 am    Post subject: Re: What powder manufacturer do you use and why? Reply with quote

I use VihtaVuori powders:
N- 320, -32C and -350.
N-110, - 130, -133, -140 and -150 because it is, you know, best in the whole World, if you lives in Finland. Also because VihtaVuori has monopoly. Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 10:01 am    Post subject: Re: What powder manufacturer do you use and why? Reply with quote

Alliant - 2400 and Bullseye

IMR 4064, 4350 and 3031

Hodgdon - H322, H4895 and Varget

Accurate - Data 2200, 2015BR, 2700

Winchester - 760, 296

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 10:13 am    Post subject: Re: What powder manufacturer do you use and why? Reply with quote

Smile Alliant powders for my pistols and shotguns,IMR and Hodgdens(which are now both owned by Hodgdens)in my rifles.I've haerd good things about ramshot-but have'nt beena ble to locate any locally.BTW i'm still hoarding some old AL-7,for the shtf day.Best powder I've ever found for 357mag.,too bad they quit making it.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 1:18 pm    Post subject: Re: What powder manufacturer do you use and why? Reply with quote

Mostly IMR powders in rifles, Winchester powder in shotguns and Alliant powder in handguns. They work well and I am too old to change. All the best...
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2008 2:09 pm    Post subject: Re: What powder manufacturer do you use and why? Reply with quote

I use only Hodgdon powders... If they don't have one to fit your cartridge, it doesn't exist.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2008 2:17 pm    Post subject: Re: What powder manufacturer do you use and why? Reply with quote

W-231....W-296....W-748....Alliant 2400....Hodgdon 4831SC.

Playing with WSF and AA #7...

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2008 2:30 pm    Post subject: Re: What powder manufacturer do you use and why? Reply with quote

For the last five years or so Strictly Hodgons Extreme Powders and have bin pretty happy with them Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2008 3:36 pm    Post subject: Re: What powder manufacturer do you use and why? Reply with quote

IMR powders were my favorite but I use ADI almost exclusivly now with a bit of Bullseye and Unique thrown in the mix. I also like Winchester 748 & 760.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2008 4:43 pm    Post subject: Re: What powder manufacturer do you use and why? Reply with quote

I have a sh*tload of powder in my cabinet. Mostly Hodgden and the Reloader series. I, like some of the others have a favorite powder for certain calibers. As well, I have a bunch of powders for my shotguns I load 12 16 20 & 28 gages and the 410.
I just enjoy reloading and of course emptying.

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