As far as calibers to reload go I have most of them but 9mm, .38, .45, are my primaries. My loading desire is to match factory loads for practice and defense. I have the Lee, Lyman, and Hornady, reloading manuals so I have book data but what I'm looking for is real world experience with N320, N330, N340, and N350.
For those who use these powders:
- Do you have a go-to powder?
- If so, what about it makes preferred over the others?
- Have you noticed if Vihtavuori is any cleaner than other powders you have used?
- any other thoughts on this brand of powders?
As always - thanks in advance!
I got into reloading because I'm a cheap bastard.
Those powders are a might on the over priced side for me.
We have great brands in the USA.
I have used many brands and last two decades its has mostly been Hodsgon .
I used win,solo,Imr,alliant,accurate pwders.
Do not think you can accurately duplicate what the factory does ,they use blends.
I use N320 extensively. In 9mm, 3.2gr N320 under 147gr Black Bullet International - coated projectile. This gets me about 830 fps. Its like shooting cotton balls.
Duty is the sublimest word in the English Language - Gen Robert E Lee.
Another vote for N320
I use it for my .38 specials that I use in competition.
It's more expensive and sometimes hard to find but its worth it.
I say it's clean burning
Clean burning to me means no left over unburned powder to get blown back in to the gun possible jamming things up,
Clean burning does not mean never having to clean your gun.
It drops consistent through my powder measure,
And maintains power factor through temperature changes.
I usually buy it in 4 lb jugs to get the price down a bit per shot.
I use 320 for 9mm jhp, but, for coated bullets, I use Sport Pistol. FYI In ALL of MY pistols, jhps are most accurate.
In my short, 43 years of reloading experience, and an IDPA, and USPSA shooter, there's no better powder for .45 than VV310.
I don't remember if it was the Army, or Marines that shoot a Nosler 185 jhp, with vv310 behind them, for their accuracy load.
It has been outstanding in any .45 I've tried them in. Obviously the absolute most accurate, would be once fired brass, that was fired in the pistol you are loading for.
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