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This is a discussion on clean burning powder within the Reloading forums, part of the Firearm Forum category; Greetings all. I reload for 357- 158lswc & 9mm- 125lrn and am currantly using Bulseye powder. Any suggestions for a cleaner burning powder. When I ...


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Old June 18th, 2011, 04:07 PM   #1
 
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Greetings all. I reload for 357- 158lswc & 9mm- 125lrn and am currantly using Bulseye powder. Any suggestions for a cleaner burning powder. When I get done with a session my weapons are black. Thanks in advance. JDL




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I like CLAYS and UNIVERSAL CLAYS. They are both clean burning powders and accurate. I wouldn't use CLAYS in 9mm though, its a little on the hot/fast burn side.
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What bullet do you load?
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Old June 18th, 2011, 04:42 PM   #4
 
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The cleanest powders I have found are Universal, and Trail Boss.
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American Select is fast burning and burns cleanly. I have used quite a bit of Power Pistol with 38/357 with good results although it is a little slower burning.
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I'd try Universal as a substitute for nasty Unique and AA#5 is good as well...for the 357/38 clan. I don't know about 9mm as I don't reload that one.
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I use 231 a lot. It seems cleaner than bullseye or unique. But I clean them after each range trip. Takes about the same time to clean them on matter what powder I use.
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Power Pistol is pretty clean as compared to Unique or 2400. H110 is also pretty clean.
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I've been seeing a lot of "cleaner burning powder" posts lately. Is this the new buzz? I've been shooting reloads for nearly 30 years and clean my guns each range session. I also keep a hand towel with me at the range to wipe down my guns between rounds. I have stainless guns and blued guns and all need cleaning when I'm back home so, is "cleaner burning" powders expected to alleviate gun cleaning? Or is it an appearence thing; wanna look good at the range? Shoot 200 rounds and the gun looks brand spanking new? Every powder I've reloaded with (I've used all the popular powders with 38/357, .44 Mag./Spec, 45 ACP, .223,. 30-30) leaves some sort of residue; Soot, granuals of unburnt powder, ash, something. And when shooting cast you get lube on yer guns too. I inspect my guns while cleaning them and cleaning itself is a breeze when you find the most effective methods. IMHO; if you shoot, ya gotta clean...
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Greetings all. I reload for 357- 158lswc & 9mm- 125lrn and am currantly using Bulseye powder. Any suggestions for a cleaner burning powder. When I get done with a session my weapons are black. Thanks in advance. JDL
Although Bullseye leaves a bit of soot behind I'm sure the lube from the lead bullets you are shooting are leaving just as much. It's nothing that a rag with a bit of Hopps #9 won't take care of in a jiff.
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I have to agree with mikld. I select powder based on the best burn rate for the load. All powders will soot ... some worse than others but if you select the right powder for your specific load, you should see very minimal unburned powder. Performance (accuracy and power) are way more important than "dirty". All my guns get a thorough cleaning after each shooting session and my mommy taught me how to wash my hands so no big deal.
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I underestand cleaning but BE seems dirtier than some others. brass i've picked up at range almost clean.
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Performance (accuracy and power) are way more important than "dirty".
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