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Substitute for Bullseye powder?

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Old 05-24-2009, 04:56 PM   #1
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Substitute for Bullseye powder?

I'm new to reloading and have been very happy with Bullseye powder in my 40 and 45 reloads. It's obviously hard to find. Any body know which powders from other manufacturers are "identical" to Bullseye. I'd like to expand my possibilities.
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Old 05-24-2009, 05:44 PM   #2
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None are identical....But you con load nearly the same with Alliant, Unique or Winchester 231 and WST and probably many others. Look in your reloading book for recomended loads.
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Old 05-24-2009, 06:04 PM   #3
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None are identical....But you can load nearly the same with Alliant, Unique or Winchester 231 and WST and probably many others. Look in your reloading book for recomended loads.
True, there is nothing identical. Unique is actually quite a bit slower. The closest in burn rate would be TightGroup, but not a big fan becasue of the low volumn. RedDot is another good choice, abit faster though. WST & W231/HP38 are good choices, I am partial to WST, most accurate powder for clean burning loads in the 45acp I have tried. SOme guys really like Solo 1000, but I haven't tried it. Clays, but Clays reacts spookie as it getis near max, good loft though.

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I have not tried Alliant American Select but a few of the guys that I shoot with swear by it.
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+1 None are identical.
That being said, my favorite replacement powder for Bullseye is Winchester Super Target. Just as accurate (to me anyway) and way cleaner burning.

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I tried WST on FredJ's recommendation, and it's terrific.

It has the added benefit that you can actually find it online. There are 8# kegs around.

In fact, just talking about it makes me want to go reload some more .45s.
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WST was going to be my suggestion. I was wondering what the general thought was on Power Pistol. Anyone like, dislike, or outright hate it? I have not used it myself, but was thinking of giving it a try.
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WST was going to be my suggestion. I was wondering what the general thought was on Power Pistol. Anyone like, dislike, or outright hate it? I have not used it myself, but was thinking of giving it a try.
A little slower than Unique, lots of muzzle flash, great for higher end 9mm, 357sig & 40s. It's not a good choice for midrange or light loads because of the muzzle flash.
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I usually agree with Fred.

WST for .45ACP? Not popular. For a reason.

Like Fred Said, if you want a good sub for Bullseye, Tightgroup would probably be as close as you'll get. W231 is another very suitable sub, and one that is extremely common for this caliber and versatile if you load other handgun calibers.

Bullseye and W231 are my two favorite .45ACP powders. I know Fred doesn't like fast powders, but if you're careful these are hard to beat for accuracy.
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Ok, thanks guys! I should have made it clear that I planned on using it in a 40 S&W with 180 grain jacketed Hornady bullets. W231 was another choice I had considered. Any thoughts you have on better choices are greatly appreciated.
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