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Old 03-20-2013, 11:20 AM
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Old 03-20-2013, 2:32 PM
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Alliant 2400 and Accurate #9 work well in the .357. I'd have to give the accuracy edge to the 2400.

For .38 Special loads and +P loads, I like W231.

All powders meter extremely well. I use standard primers and bullets are 158 grain copper plated RNFP.
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Old 03-21-2013, 11:27 AM
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Originally Posted by ExtremeX View Post
Thanks for all the replies… I think I’ll have to keep an eye out for some Titegroup, H110, and 2400
While you'll eke out a bit more performance (so I'm told) with H110 it requires a Magnum primer and doesn't like being downloaded much. 2400 can use standard primers and, well... I've dipped below "suggested minimums." Plus 2400 is more readilly available in my area.

I won't touch Titegroup with a barge pole.

For .38 Special I like Bullseye or Green Dot simply because I have a lot of it and it works. Also, it's available locally. I don't buy bulk online so that's important to me.
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Old 03-22-2013, 7:37 AM
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bullseye .38 special ,ww296, 2400 .44 mag.
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Old 03-24-2013, 7:45 PM
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I use Alliant Power Pistol for all my Hand Gun loads.
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Old 03-24-2013, 7:52 PM
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Old 03-24-2013, 8:01 PM
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Unique for 357 and bullseye for 38
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Old 03-24-2013, 9:16 PM
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I just loaded .38 spl for the first time ever. I used unique but whenever I load something for the first time I get a little nervous pulling the trigger on the first few rounds. Hope all goes well tomorrow.
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Old 03-25-2013, 7:56 PM
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For .38 Special, including up to +P+ loads, I prefer Bullseye. A little goes a long way, thus it lasts a good while, and at the +P+ pressures, the cases are so clean that you don't even need to tumble them. Yep, *that* clean. Backup powder is Titegroup in case Bullseye runs out, since A.) it, too, works well in this application, and B.) I use TG already for .45 Colt.

For .357 Magnum, my preference is 2400. I know, traditional, but I prefer this powder because magnum primers are not required. Thus, I can use the same regular SPP for .357M that I do for .38 Spl. Also, you can download 2400 pretty far (within reason, of course) and still get good results. Finally, 2400 is multi-purpose; not only is it good for standard .357M loads, it's also very good for reduced rifle loads in .308, 7.62x54R, .30-06, and similar cartridges (Ed Harris's "Universal Load" for .30-cal military cartridges).
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Old 03-27-2013, 11:02 AM
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For .357 I use H110 & 2400. Both powders are very accurate. I use magnum primers with the H110 and regulars with the 2400.

Like fishslayer, I load 2400 in the lower to mid end of the loading spectrum. I get some unburnt kernels but that's about it.

I always push my h110 to the max. From what I've read it isnt as forgiving or flexible as 2400.

It's always wise to use published data from reputable sources, preferably bullet and powder manufacturers, start on the low end and work your way up.

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Old 03-27-2013, 11:40 AM
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h-110 and magnum primers. I have a bucket of .38 sp brass but since i only own .357's the price difference isn't worth loading .38 for me.
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