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Going to start into reloading for 9mm M&P Pistol/Ruger Carbine with a RCBS RS and Dillon RL550C. What would be the best powder to start out with that shoots clean, meters well, is economical, etc?
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Ordered 8lbs of CFE Pistol from Brownell's with 1cent Hazmat, free shipping, no sales tax, and $6.23 cash back from Active Junky!
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for 9mm, powder cost will be the cheapest of the components.

Ive found Vihtavuori N320 to be the best all around for most pistols/pcc’s

super clean burning, meters well, and large volume, but high in power density.
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I’m sure there is a lot of great options for 9mm, but I was recommended N320 when I started reloading. I haven’t tried anything else, as I’ve been happy with it - meters within 0.1g consistently, clean burning and readily available. Also works well for .40S&W.
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My standard is HS-6 for 9mm, but also in the powder locker for 9mm is W231, CFE, AutoComp, BE-86, Power Pistol and Bullseye. You made a fine choice in CFE. Congratz.
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Add Titegroup to your list. CFE will do a good job for you.
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New reloaders should stay away from Titegroup, since there is a very narrow range between good and over pressure.
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W231/HP38 is a good starter powder for 9x19mm.
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Economically, Titegroup and Hi-Scor 700X are the cheapest per load for 9x19, but you need to be really careful not to overcharge.
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Just started reloading the 9X19 myself. I have lots of a bullseye, WW231 and Unique on hand. But in doing web searches for pet loads, favorite loads and accuracy loads, the #1 powder mentioned in search results was Power Pistol.

One powder I want to try in loading the 9mm Luger is Blue Dot in my Ruger PC Carbine. It seems to deliver top velocity in a longer barrel.
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Another vote for 231/HP38
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Just started reloading the 9X19 myself. I have lots of a bullseye, WW231 and Unique on hand. But in doing web searches for pet loads, favorite loads and accuracy loads, the #1 powder mentioned in search results was Power Pistol.

One powder I want to try in loading the 9mm Luger is Blue Dot in my Ruger PC Carbine. It seems to deliver top velocity in a longer barrel.
Power Pistol is good stuff, it's flashy though...and not exactly economical either.
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BE-86 is my absolute #1 9mm powder. I haven't found another powder that burns as clean and gives the accuracy BE-86 does. It works so well that even Stevie Wonder would be a crack shot using it, it's that good.

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Nobody uses Unique anymore?
Nooooooooooooo!
Very dirty powder, not economical, does not meter well!!!!!!!!!
Stay away!

For me, for most pistol calibers, that are not magnum, the best overall powder for economy, clean burning, good metering is WW231/HP-38

Now, if you are loading for a 9mm carbine for max velocity, AA#7.
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This thread should have been a poll, getting a lot of good ideas and info
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Accurate #5.
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I say Accurate #5...

Clean silky smooth powder that measures like water. No way to double charge a case. I like it also for 9mm in an AR platform...


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For 9mm I've used a dozen pounds of #5 and lots of Unique, just getting rolling with titegroup. All perform well in 9mm.
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Would the new Winchester 244 be a good choice?
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big fan of unique for versatility, low price, impossible to double charge without noticing because it will spill over, never leaks because its flakey. I use it for 9,45,44,45-70. Only drawback is its dirty especially at low levels but nothing a few patches run through the gun cant fix.
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I like Accurate #7 for 147 grain and Accurate #5 for 115 grain and 124 grain. Usually on the lighter end of the scale.
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Nobody uses Unique anymore?
I still use it. A bit dirty if you don’t stay closer to max to keep pressure up, but works well. Meters just fine, I don’t know why anyone would make that complaint.
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Accurate #5.


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Another vote for W231, its very easy to see if you have a double charge. Thats one of the criteria I used when I started reloading. When starting out you want to minimize potential errors and understand the process well.
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Found a guy local that has a 1lb jug of discontinued IMR SR 7625 and a 1/2lb of Bullseye. A search shows the 7625 was a very popular powder with 9mm loaders. What would be a fair amount to offer - $20-$25?
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I learned how to reload on a Dillion 550 using 40 year old Red Dot for 9mm. Then I went to Titegroup when I found some.
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Win 231, True Blue, and Unique. But mostly Unique for me since I load mid and max charge.
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Sports Pistol is the new Hotness, very simliar to N320 for a fraction of the price
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big fan of unique for versatility, low price, impossible to double charge without noticing because it will spill over, never leaks because its flakey. I use it for 9,45,44,45-70. Only drawback is its dirty especially at low levels but nothing a few patches run through the gun cant fix.
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Economically, Titegroup and Hi-Scor 700X are the cheapest per load for 9x19, but you need to be really careful not to overcharge.
I've known several shooters who are having a hard time getting their Ruger PC Carbine to function using Titegroup unless they are loading way up there...appears to be a bit too fast
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I've known several shooters who are having a hard time getting their Ruger PC Carbine to function using Titegroup unless they are loading way up there...appears to be a bit too fast
Interesting. What powder do they have the best luck with for function? 231?
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Interesting. What powder do they have the best luck with for function? 231?
Usually WSF and Be-86.

231 is very popular, but be aware that it is temperature sensitive
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For 9mm AR, I've had success with H-6.
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