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#6476453 - 10/01/16 08:55 PM Wanting to Reload---Again
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Registered: 09/15/04
Posts: 7206
Loc: N.E. TX
I used to load quite a bit, nothing but 12 gauge / 1 1/8 oz. / 1,200 FPS skeet-trap loads, and plinking for 9, 40, 45, and 44 pistol. That was all I loaded and all that I will load again. I still have the Dillon 550 boxed up and a couple of Mecs to knock the dirt dobber nests off of.

I have a recipe for Red Dot for every one of those for what I do. I always liked Alliant powder, but am open to change, particularly when you take whatever you can get. I am reading about this potential powder shortage, should it get passed again.

Is there something you guys like better for these light loads in both shotshell and pistol, something that is actually available? I only load that particular shotshell load. In the pistols I just load whatever the book recipe is for FMJ target loads in the semi-autos. In 44 mag I load the lightest thing in the book for whatever hard cast bullets I can find.

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#6476764 - 10/02/16 08:10 AM Re: Wanting to Reload---Again [Re: DannyB]
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Registered: 09/12/16
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Danny, there is a myriad of powders available right now .... take your pick. I generally use Xtra-Lite in the 12 gauge, and I keep a stock of Power Pistol on hand also. But the only pistol I load for anymore is a 38 Super. Red Dot has always been a top pick for light field loads, and although there are other choices it has been the go-to powder for a lot of folks for a lot of years. Nothing wrong with it at all, and it should be readily available right now if you are looking to stock up. Universal Clays is a great powder for pistol loads as is Unique (Unique is a bit dirty sometimes).

Recently I have had more trouble finding primers than powder.
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#6476825 - 10/02/16 08:57 AM Re: Wanting to Reload---Again [Re: DannyB]
kmon1 Online   content
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Registered: 09/27/06
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Hodgdon Clays and Universal Clays are the 2 I use the most and have been for gee over 20 years. They are clean burning and consistent which is why I switched to them from Red Dot and Unique in the first place.

There are some newer powders but haven't bothered to try them in most applications with target/plinking loads
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#6476836 - 10/02/16 09:07 AM Re: Wanting to Reload---Again [Re: DannyB]
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That's a good do-all choice for shotgun and light handgun loads.
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