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Old October 2nd, 2010, 08:39 PM   #1
 
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W231 Powder

Has anyone here reloaded handgun cartridges with Winchesters 231 powder? I'm reloading .380, 38/357 and 45acp. I want to keep down the number of different powders I store to a minimum. The loading manuals I have all show loads for those calibers, but I would like some feedback on performance for 231. I only use my handgun reloads for casual shooting.



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Old October 2nd, 2010, 08:47 PM   #2
 
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I use it in 357, 44 and 45acp. It meters great.. It's great in the 45 but a little fast for any more than target loads in 357 & 44. I've never loaded for 380 but I would think it would be fine, Hodgdon's site shows a few loads for it

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Win231 is an excellent powder within it's burning range. Just check the loading data and load accordingly.

If you want to load full house loads for .357 magnum or .44 Magnum, you will need another, much slower burning powder (my pick is H110/296 or WC 820).

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i use it for everything from .32 to .45 Colt (6.8 grs w/250 grain RN) (ACP = 5.2grs with 200 SWC).

231 can be harder to find sometimes, but HP38 is (essentially) the same powder.
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Love it, love it, love it. It's clean burning, meters easily and works well for many handgun loads. Forgot to add..... I love it.
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As mentiond HP38 is the same powder. There is never any 231 in the shelves here, but always a good supply of HP38.
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I've used 231 in my .45 LCs it is a very clean burning powder, my son uses it in .45 acp's
My favorite, however is "Titegroup" which I've used in reloading for my revolvers since the "git-go"
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I use HP-38 ( same as W231 ) for 45ACP, 357 ( with Cast Boolits ) and I'll load up some 44 Mag ( with cast Boolits). Clear as mud?........................................
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Use to use Bulleye, But switched to 231 because it is cleaner burning and meters well. I load 380, 9, 38, 40, 44 spec ,45 Acp, 45 Colt. For full power I use 2400 in 357 and 44 Mag.
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Love it, love it, love it. It's clean burning, meters easily and works well for many handgun loads. Forgot to add..... I love it.

I'm not sure how you feel about it.
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231 has been my preferred powder for .45 ACP lead practice loads for well over two decades.
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I have used it for years in .38spl, 9MM and ,45acp. That said I am slowly converting some of my loads over to Clays. Out of my revolver it shoots a lot cleaner than 231. Clays also burns much cleaner than 231 in .45acp as well. Like a lot of things it depends on what you are trying to achieve with your loads.

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As said 231/hp38 is a fairly fast powder , not the fastest but fast & is versitile powder .

I found it sooty in lite charges for low pressure loads in 357 cases as other powder it "needs" a certain pressure to burn clean .

CLAYS will work in a broader spectrum up to mid range loads in alot of handgun rounds .
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231 meters well and burns pretty clean. i buy it in 8lb jugs and use it in multiple hanguns. not a big fan of clays, i had problems with it metering poorly in my LNL
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I use 231 for my .45 ACP and 38 Special. One major plus is it meters within one half a tenth of a grain (.05 gr.) in my Lee Perfect. I tested and weighed over a period of 5 years so I think I'm close
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