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Power Pistol Powder

Post by Ernierod on 6/12/2011, 2:47 pm

Has anyone used Power Pistol Powder for 185/200 gr LSWC bullets at target velocities?? Any accuracy tests?? Comments on metering-clean burning??Tnx Ernie

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Re: Power Pistol Powder

Post by Founder on 6/12/2011, 10:37 pm

This stuff is hot, I use it in my 9mm loads. Not sure if would work well for target 45 loads. It does meter ok and seems to burn clean in the high pressure environment of a 9mm
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Post by Powderman on 6/13/2011, 12:43 am

It meters very well, but in my experience it is NOT suited for wadcutter loads. I use the powder for my hardball loads--6.1 grains is stout, I guarantee! And, I also use it when I feel the need for speed--hot 185 gr. JHP, pushed fast through my steel gun, and to duplicate service ammunition for practice.
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Post by Gene Hedberg on 6/13/2011, 7:42 am

It works okay in 9mm but I never had that good of results with the 45. I don't like all the muzzle flash and bang either.
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Post by SteveT on 6/16/2011, 12:31 pm

I got some decent groups for my 40S&W Sig, although it had a lot of muzzle flash IIRC.

I tried a few loads for 45 using Star 185HPSWC. None were even close to good.

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Post by Ernierod on 6/16/2011, 1:30 pm

Thanks guys for great opinions on this powder.E.

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Post by DavidR on 6/16/2011, 1:31 pm

I used Power Pistol for 9mm ball gun loads and it did well, i wouldnt use it for 45 just because
Ive tested many loads on a ransom rest and just dont see any advantage to using powders other than those that have been tested and proven by hundreds of people testing them in accurate 45 acp bullseye pistols.
The best powders for 45acp target loads IMO are.
Bullseye, super accurate, meters well but is dirty.
Clays super accurate, meters ok, is easy to bounce out of a case if your loader jerks during loading.
Tightgroup, highly accurate,meters well
Winchester WST, highly accurate, meters well
V-310, super accurate, meters well, very clean, but expensive.
V-320, most accurate in testing home grown 230 hardball ammo
There are plenty of other powders that will power a 45 bullet to the x ring, but thses have been proven hundreds of times over to do it consistently.
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Re: Power Pistol Powder

Post by Joe C on 6/16/2011, 10:20 pm

DavidR wrote:I used Power Pistol for 9mm ball gun loads and it did well, i wouldnt use it for 45 just because
Ive tested many loads on a ransom rest and just dont see any advantage to using powders other than those that have been tested and proven by hundreds of people testing them in accurate 45 acp bullseye pistols.
The best powders for 45acp target loads IMO are.
Bullseye, super accurate, meters well but is dirty.
Clays super accurate, meters ok, is easy to bounce out of a case if your loader jerks during loading.
Tightgroup, highly accurate,meters well
Winchester WST, highly accurate, meters well
V-310, super accurate, meters well, very clean, but expensive.
V-320, most accurate in testing home grown 230 hardball ammo
There are plenty of other powders that will power a 45 bullet to the x ring, but thses have been proven hundreds of times over to do it consistently.

I've done a bit of testing of all the above...What I have found is that PP is very good if you are looking for a self defense load or IPSC/IDPA load for .45acp. I've been working on an accuracy load for this powder and when it dries out here I plan on giving it a try as I think it would be a very good one.

David is right about the above but I would also add the following:

WST and Tightgroup have shown to be hard on barrels as has Solo1000
CLAYS has not proven to show a decrease in accuracy if the powder is off a tenth or even two up or down
BE is SUPER dirty which if left unchecked can cause guns to malfunction and wear prematurely
And VVN310 is still perhaps the best powder out there if you can afford it. ;-)

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Re: Power Pistol Powder

Post by TonyT on 6/17/2011, 10:33 am

i have used Power Pistol in some 9omm loads and full power 40 S&W loads. It's too slow burning for 45 ACP wadcutter loads. I use either VV N-310, or WST. Clays, American Selct and Bullsye also work well with light bullseye loads.

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