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I'm looking to load a few 9mm rounds and was wondering what everyone's favorites are?
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Winchester Action Pistol (WAP) was my favorite for decades... shot 1000s of rounds with it.  Once Winchester stopped carrying it, RamShot picked it up as Silhouette. That is my go-to powder for 9mm, 357 Sig, 38 Super, 40 S&W, and 45 ACP.
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I just started loading for 9mm also, I picked up both titegroup and unique. So far I just worked up a base load wirth TG with a 115 FMJ, my first try with S&b primers was poor (primers not going off about 30% of the time. On my second try I used CCI 500's and other than being a little on the dirty side worked well.
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Unique is notoriously dirty.  It can be very accurate... but I gave up due to it's dirtiness and unburnt powder flakes.
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I use mostly Titegroup, as a little goes a long way with this powder. I've shot thousands of 9mm using Titegroup and Xtreme Bullets 124gr plated.
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Bullseye, introduced by Laflin & Rand in 1898 ... and it still works [biggrin]

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Bullseye, introduced by Laflin & Rand in 1898 ... and it still works [biggrin]


I have shot thousands of rounds of 38 SPL using Bullseye over the years too.  It has to be the powder that is the dirtiest and leaves the most powder residue.  Might want to look up a load with Winchester 231 as it is a lot cleaner.

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AA #5. Meters well and covers about any bullet weight and any type of load you could want.
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for my target loads in 9,40 and 45 i use titegroup, it goes a long ways, and is clean
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Yup I've used 231, HP38, Unique & one of the Reloaders and Vihtavuori too, i haven't pulled the handle for some time, not since a lot of these 'modern' powders hit the scene. at one point there were 2 new powders every week, i couldn't even keep up reading about them. apparently it's still going on

this just in: BE-86! http://www.alliantpowder.com/products/powder/be-86.aspx 
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Thanks for all the replies, I originally bought Alliant Power Pistol when I got my dies. This was the powder of choice from the newest Hornady Manual. I just always like to see what everyone else likes. I've got about 100 loaded up with charges starting at 4.8 to 6.7. Now for the dumb question. When I shot my test am I looking for the most accurate or for the lightest load that will function the gun. I know accuracy will depend on my ability and after my last range visit I need the practice. More practice is a small reason why I'm starting to load for the 9mm. I like to load being the biggest reason I started this adventure.
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Power pistol is a outstanding powder for the 9mm been using it for years, but I have found it to be at its best on the top end of its load range. My favorite loads with pp is 6.5 grs with 115 gr jacket bullets and for the 124gr jacketed bullets I like 6.0 grs, both are very accurate loads. If you are wanting reduced loads I would get some titgroup or w-231 both also are very good for just about anything else that that you want to load it as far as pistol loads.
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I have been using CFE pistol lately. I was using AA#5 for years before trying the cfe. The cfe seems to be cleaner burning and produces less smoke for me. 
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I've used Win-231 and HP-38 with good results. I also have used AutoComp and HS-6 with even better results.
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Not the most experienced re-loader.  But I've been using HS-6 for 9mm since I started and have never had a problem.  Very accurate.  Maybe a little on the dirty side.  But nothing outrageous.
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Im partial to 231, but recently picked up a bottle of blue dot for my 9mm 16" AR.

In the past ive used (and still have) unique (yes it is a dirty shooting powder) and universal. I get decent numbers with 231 in mild loads. Cycled my AR and glock 19 just fine with 115 & 125gn pills.
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Originally Posted by JW6964
I'm looking to load a few 9mm rounds and was wondering what everyone's favorites are?



Kind of depends on what you're loading for.  An excellent powder for heavy bullet +P is Blue Dot.  Good for 124 and 147 gr, but not suitable for 115 gr. or standard/target type loads.

There are literally a dozen or more powders that work for general purpose loads.  For best shot to shot consistency, pick one that fills the case with slight compression.  Makes an overcharge or short charge immediately evident during the reloading process.


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Heres some data for blue dot and 124gn pills that i compiled yesterday. I shot three diff bullets in the 9AR.....LCN blue polymer bullets, plain LRN, and plated HP bullets.

All shot with vortex AR Sparc II at 25yds.

I also shot the blue polymer ones in my G19.
All loads are between 6-7gn of blue dot and are 5 shot groups. I forgot to reset the chrono for two groups with the G19.

LCN-
6g- avg. 1277- SD 36.9
6.3g- avg. 1350- SD 18
6.5g- avg. 1368- SD 34
6.7g- avg. 1398- SD 19
7g- avg 1407- SD 38

LRN-
6g- avg. 1302
6.3g- avg.1345
6.5g- avg. 1360- SD 22
6.7g- avg. 1398- SD 20
7g- avg 1434- SD 12

HP-
5.7g- avg. 1265- SD 26
6g- avg.1283- SD 20
6.3g- avg. 1325- SD 20
6.5g- avg. 1384- SD 56
6.7g- avg. 1401- SD 43
7g- avg 1436- SD 28

Groups are in second pic at bottom
G19 LCN-
6.3g- avg. 1071- SD 29
6.5g- avg. 1096- SD 16
6.7g- avg. 1100- SD 42

Blue dot shoots really clean, and it seems like it performs best at the upper charges when the case is full, just as rifter said.

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Yup.  Blue Dot is one of the best powders for heavy leads in pistol calibers there is.  But, it can be quirky if you don't understand how to use it correctly.  It was my go-to powder in .45 ACP 230 gr +P loads for decades and tens of thousands of rounds.
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242/ titegroup. It works and if you shoot multi pistol cals it works in allot of them so it makes for a versatile powder. 

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LDP is right titegroup is good across a lot of pistol rounds.  It’s fast so a little goes along way.
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