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    Expert Restroyer's Avatar

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    Need suggestions on best manufacturers for Powder, Primers, Bullets for NOOB

    I'm getting ready to buy a Lee Classic 4-Hole Turret Press (w/ the Lee Pro Auto Disk Powder Measure & Small / Large Primer Feeder). I have never reloaded before and have been planning on doing this for several years but never got around to it so I am a NOOB at re-loading.
    My question and request for advice from experienced re-loaders is what type (manufacturer / brand) of powder / primers / bullets would you recommend for the following that I plan on re-loading:

    9mm:
    Best Powder Manufacturer =
    Best Primers Manufacturer =
    Best Bullets manufacturer =

    .380 ACP:
    Best Powder Manufacturer =
    Best Primers Manufacturer =
    Best Bullets manufacturer =

    .38 Special:
    Best Powder Manufacturer =
    Best Primers Manufacturer =
    Best Bullets manufacturer =

    .223 Rem:
    Best Powder Manufacturer =
    Best Primers Manufacturer =
    Best Bullets manufacturer =

    If you reload any of the above and would like to provide advice as to what manufacturers you have found to give you the best results I would be greatly appreciative. I'm not trying to swipe anyone's secrets - just trying to learn from experienced re-loaders as to what has worked. I'm planning on doing this hobby with my teenage sons so that they also learn how to reload. Thanks in advance for helping out a NOOB re-loader.

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    Marksman

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    Welcome to the world of reloading. My number 1 piece of advice to a new reloader is KISS. Cross over components to calibers as best you can. Doing so keeps shopping for supplies easy and your bench uncluttered. I try to standardize powders and primers as best I can. I’m not sure anything is the “best” but I included some proven combos for general range plinking. Reloading gets more complicated when you’re trying to shave a few pennies off your pistol load or half an MOA off your rifle load. Good luck and happy reloading.

    9mm:
    Best Powder Manufacturer = Win 231/HP-38 (same powder)
    Best Primers Manufacturer = Winchester
    Best Bullets manufacturer = Berry’s 124gr round nose

    .38 Special:
    Best Powder Manufacturer = Win 231/HP-38
    Best Primers Manufacturer = Winchester
    Best Bullets manufacturer = Berry’s 125gr flat point

    .223 Rem:
    Best Powder Manufacturer = H335
    Best Primers Manufacturer = CCI 41
    Best Bullets manufacturer = Hornady 55gr FMJ



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    Quote Originally Posted by cmann250 View Post
    Welcome to the world of reloading. My number 1 piece of advice to a new reloader is KISS. Cross over components to calibers as best you can. Doing so keeps shopping for supplies easy and your bench uncluttered. I try to standardize powders and primers as best I can. I’m not sure anything is the “best” but I included some proven combos for general range plinking. Reloading gets more complicated when you’re trying to shave a few pennies off your pistol load or half an MOA off your rifle load. Good luck and happy reloading.

    9mm:
    Best Powder Manufacturer = Win 231/HP-38 (same powder)
    Best Primers Manufacturer = Winchester
    Best Bullets manufacturer = Berry’s 124gr round nose

    .38 Special:
    Best Powder Manufacturer = Win 231/HP-38
    Best Primers Manufacturer = Winchester
    Best Bullets manufacturer = Berry’s 125gr flat point

    .223 Rem:
    Best Powder Manufacturer = H335
    Best Primers Manufacturer = CCI 41
    Best Bullets manufacturer = Hornady 55gr FMJ



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    Thank you for the advice. Greatly appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Restroyer View Post
    I'm getting ready to buy a Lee Classic 4-Hole Turret Press (w/ the Lee Pro Auto Disk Powder Measure & Small / Large Primer Feeder). I have never reloaded before and have been planning on doing this for several years but never got around to it so I am a NOOB at re-loading.
    My question and request for advice from experienced re-loaders is what type (manufacturer / brand) of powder / primers / bullets would you recommend for the following that I plan on re-loading:

    9mm:
    Best Powder Manufacturer =
    Best Primers Manufacturer =
    Best Bullets manufacturer =

    .380 ACP:
    Best Powder Manufacturer =
    Best Primers Manufacturer =
    Best Bullets manufacturer =

    .38 Special:
    Best Powder Manufacturer =
    Best Primers Manufacturer =
    Best Bullets manufacturer =

    .223 Rem:
    Best Powder Manufacturer =
    Best Primers Manufacturer =
    Best Bullets manufacturer =

    If you reload any of the above and would like to provide advice as to what manufacturers you have found to give you the best results I would be greatly appreciative. I'm not trying to swipe anyone's secrets - just trying to learn from experienced re-loaders as to what has worked. I'm planning on doing this hobby with my teenage sons so that they also learn how to reload. Thanks in advance for helping out a NOOB re-loader.
    This is a very open ended question, you'll probably get as many answers as there are powders.
    I've had good luck with AA#2 and tight group in 9mm
    38 we load a lot of 700x
    Might I suggest buying a lb of a couple of different powders and see what you like
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    Sharpshooter

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    I think you will find that many people use different things and will get a lot of "bests". Some will find one powder that works best for them in each caliber. I also use the KISS method. I try to use powder that be be used in a variety of calibers. I use TiteGroup for 9mm, 380 auto, .38, .45acp, and 44mag. This is all for plinking/ range loads. I use CFE223 for 223. I'm using Berry's RN or FP bullets in all of the pistol rounds and Wolf FMJ for 223. I use CCI primers. This may not be the "best" but it works for me and my occasional range trips.

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    Plinker cjcycles's Avatar

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    Need suggestions on best manufacturers for Powder, Primers, Bullets for NOOB

    I’m a competitive shooter and a member of The Blue Bullets Shooting Team.

    My go to load for 9mm is Winchester primers, the Blue Bullets 125grn RN, 4.0grns of Winchester Super Field. ~1030fps through a Glock 34

    You can get 250 rnds packs from www.thebluebullets.com and try the different profiles if you don’t want buy in bulk. You can use my discount code and get 5% off “Charris”


    The simplicity of only having one powder would be really nice, but I haven’t found a powder that I’m that I like across the board. I use Winchester Super Field in 9mm, Vihtavuori N320 for 40S&W, and Winchester Super Target in 45acp. I’ve been trying Alliant Sport Pistol and it looks promising. I’ve worked up a load in 9mm and 3.8grns seems about right.


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    Last edited by cjcycles; 12-26-2019 at 12:15.

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    Plinker

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    WSF and 231 both throw very well with the Lee Pro Disk and both work great with 9mm. I've never loaded .380 so I cannot comment there. But I'd go with a powder that will work for both.

    For a noob, I'd reccomend FMJ as opposed to lead or plated but that's just me. As a long time loader I don't load lead or plated any more as I wait for bulk deals on FMJ, JSP, or JHP.

    I just got supplies for .223 (have never reloaded 223 before) and I went with H335 and CCI 441 as well, but chose a 62grain as my firearm seems to like heavier projectiles.

    And hats off to you for getting the youngsters involved!!!

    Have fun and be safe!

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    Expert Trapper Jim's Avatar

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    Quote Originally Posted by Restroyer View Post
    I'm getting ready to buy a Lee Classic 4-Hole Turret Press (w/ the Lee Pro Auto Disk Powder Measure & Small / Large Primer Feeder). I have never reloaded before and have been planning on doing this for several years but never got around to it so I am a NOOB at re-loading.
    My question and request for advice from experienced re-loaders is what type (manufacturer / brand) of powder / primers / bullets would you recommend for the following that I plan on re-loading:

    9mm:
    Best Powder Manufacturer =
    Best Primers Manufacturer =
    Best Bullets manufacturer =

    .380 ACP:
    Best Powder Manufacturer =
    Best Primers Manufacturer =
    Best Bullets manufacturer =

    .38 Special:
    Best Powder Manufacturer =
    Best Primers Manufacturer =
    Best Bullets manufacturer =

    .223 Rem:
    Best Powder Manufacturer =
    Best Primers Manufacturer =
    Best Bullets manufacturer =

    If you reload any of the above and would like to provide advice as to what manufacturers you have found to give you the best results I would be greatly appreciative. I'm not trying to swipe anyone's secrets - just trying to learn from experienced re-loaders as to what has worked. I'm planning on doing this hobby with my teenage sons so that they also learn how to reload. Thanks in advance for helping out a NOOB re-loader.

    Anything American Made

    You have to check as some American Companies import stuff.
    No Compromise

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    I load and shoot mainly 9mm: I started with Titegroup powder, CCI primers and Berry’s bullets. I would recommend this setup for a little while until you get comfortable.
    I now use Sport Pistol Powder, CCI primers and Hitek coated bullets. I would suggest ordering sample packs of the different bullet profiles to see which one your guns like shooting.
    Check out:
    www:Hoosierbullets.com for the Hitek coated bullets.


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    Buy quality reloading manuals and read, read again and make you own choices. What works for some, doesn't work for others.

    1911s are like Glocks except they are for grown-ups.

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