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Old 10-17-2019, 04:08 PM
sparx sparx is offline
 
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Anyone here use AA2 for reloading .45 acp?


Currently I am using Win 231 5.6 grains with a 200 grain plated RN bullet, does very well but maybe there is something cleaner?


I occasionally used Bullseye with the same bullet.


I have read that the majority of pistol powders are on the dirty side so it is possible I am spinning my wheels here...


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Old 10-17-2019, 04:36 PM
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It depends on the nature of the dirt. Bullseye and other black or gray powders have graphite on them that gives them that color, and I can see graphite dust leaks around the grip panels and other parts of my 1911's when using them; Bullseye especially. I have found Hodgdon Universal to be cleaner as it has no graphite, but that doesn't mean you never get an unburned grain or other particulate or regular carbon from it. Just no graphite.

In your shoes I would give Universal a try. You can use that exact same load to start, as it is below the -10% starting load listed by Hodgdon. I've used it as low as about 4.6 grains with 200 grain target bullets and had no trouble cycling a standard 1911 with standard 16 lb recoil spring. Work the Universal up to about 6.0 grains, and at that point it should match velocity for the 5.6 grain 231/HP38 load you have now.
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Old 10-17-2019, 06:40 PM
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I agree with Unclenick to give Universal a try but I have loaded several thousand rounds with AA2 in 40 S&W with good results. Not as clean as Universal but meters extremely well and is very accurate. I switched to AA2 when I couldn't find Universal anywhere.
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Old 10-17-2019, 06:53 PM
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I agree also about using the Universal powder. It is really clean burning.
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Old 10-17-2019, 08:27 PM
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Is this Universal Clays made by Hodgdon?
Is it ball powder or flattened ball?
TY for the comments.


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Old 10-17-2019, 08:40 PM
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Yes universal clays and it’s made by Hodgdon. You do not want Clays. It’s super fast. It’s flake powder.
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Old 10-17-2019, 08:41 PM
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The issue is double base versus single base powders—it has nothing to do with graphite, which all powders are coated with. In general a double base like Bullseye will burn dirtier, but be less temperature sensitive, than say, Clays or N310, which are single bases (no nitroglycerin).
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Old 10-17-2019, 09:15 PM
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Titegroup or Universal. Not Clays!
These two cover most weights and all the pistol calibers I reload.

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Old 10-17-2019, 09:24 PM
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I have loaded Titegroup as well. It is listed for both cast lead and jacketed bullets.
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Old 10-17-2019, 09:29 PM
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I have to say this is confusing.

Is this the stuff?


https://www.sportsmans.com/shooting-...-clays/p/p6421


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