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American Handgunner March/April 2010 - Page 66
R eloaders tend to be thrifty and conservative. We find something that works and stick with it. For example, W-W 452AA is a shotgun powder which also works well in the .45 ACP. I bought a bunch on sale and still have some on hand, even though it was discontinued years ago. I have a dozen pounds of the original Hodgdon H-4831, made in WWII and sold by Hodgdon until supplies ran out in the early 1970s. It makes sense to buy in bulk, and to stick with things that work. But we don’t want to get so attached to old favorites we overlook some powders introduced in recent years. Alliant, makers of such classic powders as Bullseye and 2400, also has Power Pistol for moderate capacity autopistol cartridges, notably the 9mm, 10mm, .40 S&W and .357 SIG. Alliant also has a new line of powders called Power Pro including Power Pro 300-MP for magnum handgun loads. Hodgdon has a bunch of powders I like. I used to use a lot of HS-6 in compensated .38 Supers. H-110 is great in my .44 Magnum and .454 Casull pistols. One I need to try is Titegroup. Hodgdon states it’s an economical, clean-burning and uniform powder with mild muzzle report. Ramshot Zip is a fast-burning handgun powder for target/competition loads in cartridges such as .38 Spl., .40 S&W and .45 ACP. Ramshot True Blu e is a versatile powder which can be used in Revelations Reloading What’s New and What’s Still Cool Dave Anderson Left: For those wanting a heavier duty single-stage press capable of tasks such as bullet swaging as well as routine reloading, the Lee Classic Cast has a rigid frame and compound leverage. Hornady’s progressive loading tool uses their Lock ‘n’ Load feature for fast die changes. A heavy duty and excellent machine, built with typical Hornady high quality. 66 WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM • MARCH/APRIL2010