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Old 08-28-2013, 12:31 PM   #1366
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But I found another four pounds of my pistol powder today, so that's a good thing.
Where did you find pistol powder? Online or in a store? What type are you using. I've been using Winchester 231 for years, but haven't been able to find any for 8 months now. I'm about to run out so I might need to switch to another powder if I can't locate a supply of W231 soon.
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Brass remains elusive for the rifles though.
I was at Cabela's this morning in Thornton (probably a bit of a drive for you) and they had rifle brass on the shelf.
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Old 08-28-2013, 12:40 PM   #1367
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Where did you find pistol powder? Online or in a store? What type are you using. I've been using Winchester 231 for years, but haven't been able to find any for 8 months now. I'm about to run out so I might need to switch to another powder if I can't locate a supply of W231 soon
Bullseye, if you can find any. I've used Red Dot for pistols.
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Old 08-28-2013, 12:55 PM   #1368
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Has anyone used IMR 7625? I've found a couple of places that have this powder available. I've not see any Bullseye, Red Dot, or Winchester 231.

With the hazmat fees I figure I'll have to order at least 8lbs. to offset the charge so I'd like to know if anyone has any complaints.
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Old 08-28-2013, 01:07 PM   #1369
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Has anyone used IMR 7625? I've found a couple of places that have this powder available. I've not see any Bullseye, Red Dot, or Winchester 231.

With the hazmat fees I figure I'll have to order at least 8lbs. to offset the charge so I'd like to know if anyone has any complaints.
The IMR manual shows extensive loads for handguns. There are many other shotshell powders that work well.
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Old 08-28-2013, 01:13 PM   #1370
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The IMR manual shows extensive loads for handguns. There are many other shotshell powders that work well.
I saw the loadings which is why I asked if anyone had experience with IMR 7625. Some powders are real dirty and I'd like to avoid those. As I stated, since I've got a pay $25 Hazmat I might as well pick up 8lbs to spread out the cost since the charge is the same for 1lbs as it is for 8lbs.
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Old 08-28-2013, 01:14 PM   #1371
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Where did you find pistol powder? Online or in a store? What type are you using. I've been using Winchester 231 for years, but haven't been able to find any for 8 months now. I'm about to run out so I might need to switch to another powder if I can't locate a supply of W231 soon.

I was at Cabela's this morning in Thornton (probably a bit of a drive for you) and they had rifle brass on the shelf.
Been buying powder on line, I live in the wilderness.

Powder Valley supplied me with my lastest batches of pistol.

Don't know about Winchester powder at all - but they carry all major mfg.

I've using the Vihta Vuori with some success.
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Old 08-28-2013, 01:25 PM   #1372
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I saw the loadings which is why I asked if anyone had experience with IMR 7625. Some powders are real dirty and I'd like to avoid those. As I stated, since I've got a pay $25 Hazmat I might as well pick up 8lbs to spread out the cost since the charge is the same for 1lbs as it is for 8lbs.
I've used Red Dot in pistol ammo, and it's clean burning. Never used 7625, though. Unique works well.
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Old 08-28-2013, 01:31 PM   #1373
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I've used Red Dot in pistol ammo, and it's clean burning. Never used 7625, though. Unique works well.
Years ago started out with Unique. Haven't been able to find any of that either.
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Old 08-28-2013, 04:26 PM   #1374
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Wholey Shite! Talk about fast - even turning the crank by hand, I was able to finish up all the 9mm I've sized and deprimed in half an hour!

Why the hell did I waste my time on that other POS? Never again!

I've learned that a good pair of leather gloves is a real hand saver with certain tools....
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Old 08-28-2013, 04:54 PM   #1375
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Advantages of the right freaking tool: Bought an el-cheapo drill/pilot trimmer from Lyman - worked OK but broke one of the bits. Figured I'd try out the Lyman Universal case Trimmer that was still in the box.

Wholey Shite! Talk about fast - even turning the crank by hand, I was able to finish up all the 9mm I've sized and deprimed in half an hour!

Why the hell did I waste my time on that other POS? Never again!

I've learned that a good pair of leather gloves is a real hand saver with certain tools....
I have a Forster trimmer that is used with a drill press. Shaft and cutter/pilot go into chuck, and the base/collet assembly is clamped to the table.
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Old 08-28-2013, 10:19 PM   #1376
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When I mentioned in another thread that it might be smart to pick up a few spare magazines before the election ..... I was pretty much told that IF there were any shortages, it would be all my fault for bringing up the subject. I really had no idea that I was that important.


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Old 08-29-2013, 03:24 AM   #1377
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Old 08-29-2013, 03:35 AM   #1378
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Talking of pistol powder anyone use Unique...gave it a try as....well there was just nothing else there. So far I have not found anything I like.
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Old 08-29-2013, 08:01 AM   #1379
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I saw the loadings which is why I asked if anyone had experience with IMR 7625. Some powders are real dirty and I'd like to avoid those. As I stated, since I've got a pay $25 Hazmat I might as well pick up 8lbs to spread out the cost since the charge is the same for 1lbs as it is for 8lbs.
Know what you mean about the hazmat fees.

As to the powders: I was amusing myself by reading the user reviews of powders on the Cabela's website. You would have one reviewer saying that this was the cleanest powder he'd ever used and the guy two comments down saying how filthy that shit is and he'd never buy it again!

I can appreciate that once you get a load you really like, changing can be hard. I'm not sure that one has much choice these days unless you laid in so much powder in anticipation or are that sort of volume loader.

Where's the pic of the guy with a 55 gallon barrel full of .223 loaded ammo....?
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Old 08-29-2013, 08:03 AM   #1380
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Talking of pistol powder anyone use Unique...gave it a try as....well there was just nothing else there. So far I have not found anything I like.
As someone new to reloading, what is to like or dislike about a powder? I can see some things like accurate to meter, clean burning, but what other things do YOU notice about powder that makes you like it or not?

I'm actually curious, it's not really a smartass question.
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