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38 Super powder recommendations sought

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Neil Winston, Jan 31, 2010.

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  1. Neil Winston

    Neil Winston Well-Known Member

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    I haven't loaded for my 1911 ,38 Super in a long time and the label has fallen off the powder container on my 4x4 so I'm going to just throw that out because I don't remember (for sure) what is was. (I know what it "looks like" but couldn't take the abuse here for talking like that.)

    So I'm starting fresh and see that the Green Dot advice (and similar) is all about 33,000 PSI and the PB (and like) sits around 22,000. Is there any reason to use the high-pressure stuff? The league doesn't require "Major" or anything like that so I can pick my speed and so my powder, I think.

    I plan to use a hard lead semi-wadcutter in the 150 grain range.

    Neil
     
  2. wolfram

    wolfram Well-Known Member

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    If you don't need a major power round then you will probably like the lighter bullets at moderate velocities better. I use HP38 for the 125-130 grain bullets because it burns clean, has a decent loading density and gives plenty of velocity for plate shooting. Kind of like a hot 9mm +p round.

    If you have a bunch of the heavier bullets then a slower powder like Universal Clays will work but you will be close to the major power level when you get the charge up to where it burns really well.

    Never tried Green Dot but it should work in this application.
     
  3. Savage99Stan

    Savage99Stan Active Member

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    Herco and Unique are both fine powders for the super. Universal Clays is much the same in rate and characteristics.
     
  4. RobertT

    RobertT Well-Known Member

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    HP38 or 231 are the same powder. They flow nicely through powder measures and offer a wide range of versatiliy.

    Robert
     
  5. hmb

    hmb Well-Known Member

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    Try 3.5 grains of Red Dot and let us know what the pattern looks like. HMB
     
  6. claybrdr

    claybrdr Well-Known Member

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    Accurate Arms #7 was what I loaded to make Major with 130 gr CP Elites.
     
  7. PerazziBigBore

    PerazziBigBore TS Member

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    Unique gets my vote here..
     
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