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Last weekend I picked up some AA#2 to try so the past couple days I've been up loading some test rounds with it. First I loaded up some 115gr X-Treme RN 9mm starting with 4.2gr of powder. Then loaded with 4.4gr., and all to a OAL of 1.130". Loaded 30 of each of these just to try out in the PT92C and the XD Mod2.

Next I loaded some 380acp with a starting load of 2.8gr and a second load of 3.0gr using X-Treme 100gr plated bullets. These I got a little more carried away with and loaded up 50 of each to try in Witness Pavona and the new Shield 380EZ. One reason being that I used up all the Ramshot Silhouette that I have been loading the 380 with and my supplier is out. It's a shame too because I really like using this stuff in the 380 and now also the 45acp.

Next I need to get out and shoot as I have a bunch of 200gr and 185gr Berry's Flat Point 45acp loaded that I haven't been able to try yet and already loaded up every 200gr X-Treme RN I have to get ready for the group shoot in July. So as soon as I can shoot those and determine how they are going to feed I will load some with the AA#2. Looks like it might work well with the lighter bullets.
 

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I've been using A#2 for almost 30 years. It is a great powder. Seems to not be temperature sensitive and it burns very clean, even with cast bullet loads. It is not a replacement for any other powder, it just works better in some than the older powders do. It will never replace Bullseye or HP-38; but it works well in the same categories.
 

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I kind of went in the middle of the ACC powders myself.
I use Accurate #5 for the 9MM, 38 Super, 10 MM and 45 acp, also use HS-6 for the same and they are very close in powder charge and performance.
ACC #5 covers most medium to large capacity cases pretty well and produces very good performance if you want to get near the upper loadings.
I really tend to stay with one powder once I find one that works well for me.
I use ac #5 or HS-6 for the mass of my calibers and use Unique for the 380.
I have Hp - 38/ Win 231 if I need it but really is more of a back up in case of Obama hardships honestly.
 

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There are three basic powders I've been using since I restarted loading again about 2 years ago. Those being; HP38, AA#5 and Silhouette. I do like all three with the HP-38 and Silhouette the most. I can use the HP in all three calibers that we shoot but it is not necessarily the best in all three. The 380 finds the Silhouette much more accurate and cleaner of all three powders. The 45acp seems to like the AA#5 the best.

My thought was to try something faster than what I have w/o going to Titegroup. The #2 looks to be a bit more forgiving. My initial view is that this is a very fine grained powder, meters very consistently and fills the cases nicely though being so fine it does leak a little bit from my Lee disk measure.
 

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What is wrong with Titegroup? I find it to be a very close second to Vihtavouri n320 as far as accuracy in 45 acp. At 50 yds. group size is only 1/4" bigger with Titegroup than Vihtavouri, so with the ease of finding Titegroup over Vihtavouri locally I use a lot of Titegroup. Shooting offhand I can't tell the difference but knowing is a psychological thing.
 

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Let us know how it groups relative to the other powders you use.
 

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I've been using A#2 for almost 30 years. It is a great powder. Seems to not be temperature sensitive and it burns very clean, even with cast bullet loads. It is not a replacement for any other powder, it just works better in some than the older powders do. It will never replace Bullseye or HP-38; but it works well in the same categories.
My go to powder is HP 38

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oso, nothing wrong with Titegroup, I just like being different. Though many of the loads in the smaller calibers seem to spike pretty quickly and I just like powders that fill the case a bit more. It's all just personal opinion for me and what makes me comfortable.

shaner, right now I am using about equal amounts of HP-38 and Silhouette. Right now with what I'm loading the Silhouette runs very well in all three calibers I load. Not loading HP-38 in the 45acp anymore as I am getting a lot of muzzle flash from it for some reason and the wife finds it distracting.. My biggest problem with Silhouette is that I can't find anyone local that can get it in 4# containers.
 

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Unique is like Frank's red hot for me, I put that stuff in everything (well almost) I will be curious how that #2 works for you, but I probably won't be working up any new loads myself.
 

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I always keep a few pounds of Unique around.
I don't use it for anything except the 380 and that's with target loads.
it is as they say "UNIQUE" in its ability to be used in so many different cartridges.
and that's because I am hard headed as I have win 231/HP -38 that I could use.
but it seldom provides great ballistics compared to other powders, it is dirty, its a pain to measure via a powder measure.
but again IF the SHTF then you can load a lot of different calibers with it.
 

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Was finally able to shoot these loads and I am sold on this stuff, even with just a small sampling. Had 2 loads with 115gr plated bullets for the 9mm and both were excellent in both the PT92C and the XD Mod2. I may even bump it up another 0.2gr.. Also have 2 loads with 100gr plated in the 380acp and again fired excellent thru 2 guns. Now that I have also had a chance to try those Berry's Flat Point bullets thru our 45's and knowing there is no feed problem I will be loading up some of this powder in the 45acp with a 185gr Flat Point Berry's.
 

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I am also a fan of AA#2 in 9mm. 4.2gr under a 115 plated bullet works well as a light target load for everything except my P94DC. That big 'ol heavy stainless steel slide just won't quite cycle with 100% reliability. Had to up the charge to 4.3gr to get it to cycle completely and reliably.
 

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From what I've seen so far with this I am surprised more people are not using it.
 

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From what I've seen so far with this I am surprised more people are not using it.
Yeah, probably because it isn't always easy to find, so not a lot of people know about it.
I got lucky and scored 7 pounds of it for less than $15 a pound a couple of years ago. So far I've used about a pound and a half of it.
Great stuff.
 

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Well once this heat wave breaks I'll get back upstairs and roll some more. Will do up a few hundred each of 380 and 9mm and then work on some 45acp to take with next weekend for the Meet and Greet! Going to be interesting to see if this stuff works as well in the 45.
 

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Yeah, probably because it isn't always easy to find, so not a lot of people know about it.
I got lucky and scored 7 pounds of it for less than $15 a pound a couple of years ago. So far I've used about a pound and a half of it.
Great stuff.

yes indeed!
around these parts in stock Accurate powder of any number is seldom found in the wild.
I picked up a 8 Pounds of #5 and 8 Pounds of HS-6 at gun show about 6 months ago for 125 bucks each out the door.
one of the very, very few things that I have bought at a gun show, glad my neighbor drug me to it with him.
number 2 and number 9 seems to be the hardest to find.
likely cause they are on the burn rate ends of the accurate powder scale.
 
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