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Post by SonOfSwede 6/17/2022, 3:40 pm

Alliant is selling a power called Alliant Sport Pistol which they say is designed for handgun competition. 

Has anyone tried it and if so how good was it for bullseye shooting.

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Post by zanemoseley 6/17/2022, 3:42 pm

"Handgun Competition" for them probably means 9mm & .40 S&W for action pistol. Not that that's bad but our requirements and loads aren't exactly what theirs are. What are you interested in loading.

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Post by SonOfSwede 6/17/2022, 3:47 pm

45 ACP for a 1911.  I would also like to use light loads

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Post by zanemoseley 6/17/2022, 4:17 pm

My suggestion is WST, used for years and still have about 15# left. Lots of people also like Bullseye.

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Post by Steve K 6/17/2022, 4:29 pm

I shoot Action Pistol and this is the powder I use for 9MM. Using 115 grain JHP and 4.2 of SP gives an accurate, soft shooting load.

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Post by fc60 6/17/2022, 4:53 pm

Greetings,

I tried Sport Pistol in the 32 S&W Long WadCutter.

Results were comparable to what I got with Bullseye, N310, and other similar powders.

Never took the time to fine tune it.

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Post by SonOfSwede 6/17/2022, 5:04 pm

Thank you for the response.

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Post by Texasref 6/18/2022, 9:37 am

Sport Pistol was the new N320 when it first showed up, but then what isn't marketed that way? I tried it out when I was shooting action competitions because it was cheaper than N320 and I was shooting A LOT. It works better for 9mm and you can load it for 45acp due to it being a faster powder.

Below are what I used for each. I don't know about accuracy at 25 or 50 but this might give you a staring point.

9mm
3.2gn
1.13oal
147fp (hitech coated)

45acp
4.5gn
1.25oal
230rn (hitech coated)

I still load for my 9mm using the above, but don't shoot BE with it.

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Post by Orpanaut 7/29/2022, 10:06 pm

The problem with using Alliant Sport Pistol to load 45 ACP is that it's a very dense powder so the small charge needed for a wad load leaves a lot of empty space. That's not a fatal flaw but it is something to consider.

In the much smaller 9x19mm case, it's not a problem.

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Post by Texasref 7/31/2022, 7:45 am

I'll be testing Sport Pistol in 38 Special out of a 4.25" barrel.
We'll see how it does with a little smaller case than a 45 and a little larger than a 9.

This is not a Bullseye gun so no 50yd shooting. I'll see and report back in case someone would want to expand on my findings.

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Post by Texasref 8/4/2022, 7:08 am

OK, went to the range and fired the following: 3.0gn under 158gn plated RNFP.
Very light with no felt recoil out of a heavy revolver. Would not try out of a 6" barrel.

Today I'll be shooting 4.0gns/same bullet.
Report back later.

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Post by Wobbley 8/4/2022, 12:49 pm

Get a better bullet than the plated.   The Speer 158 lead or a Brazos 150 or 158 SWC.  Brazos sells sample packs.
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Post by Texasref 8/12/2022, 8:42 am

Wobbly, 
Thank you for your advice on bullet type. Trying to get some 158 coated SWC down here. So far they have not arrived from DG Bullets. But I think that's a step in the right direction.

My results for 4.0gns of Sport Pistol. 
It will set the grip back in your hand.
3.5gns is the next stop on this train and will share my results after that.
This is shot using 158gn plated RNFP bullets. Changing only the powder charge.

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Post by Texasref 8/20/2022, 7:27 am

Ok, the results are in on 3.5gns.
DON"T BOTHER!!

In the end it appears that Sport Pistol requires near max. charges in this application. But you never know until you try.

I still would use it (and do) in 9mm.

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