Alliant Powders (formerly Hercules)

Alliant Techsystems
100 Howard Boulevard
Kenvil, NJ - - 07847-9773
(800) 276-9337

Alliant Techsystems (New)
Alliant Powders
Route 114 PO Box 6
Radford, VA 24141-0096
(800) 276-9337 Technical Service

Alliant makes the following powders:
Power Pistol, Bullseye, Red Dot, Green Dot, Unique, Herco, Blue Dot, 2400, 7 Reloder, 12 Reloder, 15 Reloder, 19 Reloder and 22 Reloder.

I use the pistol powders of Alliant. You will see I lean toward Unique and Bullseye. Bullseye is a very fast burning powder, just about at the top of the charts. It is ideal for short cases and light bullets. Unique is well named. It can be used in so many applications, I find it about the most useful pistol powder. Other brands have a similar powder, like Hodgdon's Universal. The people at Accurate are very helpful, too. Their No. 2 and No. 5 are similar to Bullseye and Unique.

Hodgdon Powders

Hodgdon Powder
P.O. Box 2932
Shawnee Mission, Kansas - - 66201
Phone: 913-362-9455 Fax: 913-362-1307

Hodgdon makes the following powders:
Clays, International Clays, Universal Clays, HS7, HS6, H110, HP38, H4227, H4198, H322, BL-C2, H4831, H335, H4895, H380, H414, H4350, Varget, H450, H4831SC, H1000 and H870

Hodgdon's Universal is almost the same as Unique. I can use them with the same loads (but both companies are quick to say they are not interchangable).
I like the HP38 for .38 Special, .357 Magnum. The HP38 is not as fast as Bullseye or Clays, but is faster than Unique or Universal. So, it's a good in-between powder for many kinds of pistol loads. I like their web site, too!
They are the first to publish loads for the 500 S&W on their web site in early 2004.

Accurate Powders

Accurate Smokeless Powders
Accurate Arms Company, Inc.
Rt. 1, Box 167
McEwen, TN - - 37101
(800) 416-3006
Web page of Accurate Powders

MILES CITY, MONTANA Western Powders, Inc. announces the asset purchase of Accurate Arms Company, Inc.

"All operations involving Accurate Arms have been moved from McEwen, Tennessee to Miles City, Montana and no disruption of service is anticipated. Further information regarding Accurate Arms powder can be obtained by calling Western Powders, Inc. at 406-232-0422."

Accurate makes the following powders:
For Pistol: No.2, No.5, No.7, No.9.
No. 2 is fast like Bullseye and good in the .38 special. No.5 is similar to Unique, but a little slower burning. No. 7 is a good choice for magnum pistol and high intensity cartridges. No. 9 is slowest and good for .44 magnum.

For Rifle: 1680, 2015BR, 2230, 2460, 2495BR, 2520, 2700, 4350, 3100 and 8700.
1680 is fast burning for .22 Hornet, .222 Remington and .223 Remington and the lighter bullets. 2015BR is good for Bench Rest shooting in sizes from .22 Hornet up to big Magnums. 2230 is good for .223 Remington type cartridges. 2460 is good for 7mm and .308 Winchester. 2495BR is another Bench Rest, extruded propellant and works good for shooting cast bullets in the .45-70 Government. Accurate says that their 2520 is the most popular of all propellants. It's a medium slow burning, ball propellant that gives excellent results in medium capacity cases like the 308 class. 2700 is similar to 2520, but for bullets of a heavier weight class. 4350 is very similar to IMR4350 and a popular powder. 3100 serves from .243 Winchester to the big magnums. 8700 is the slowest powder available. Ideal for magnum rifle cases from the .257 Weatherby Magnum to the .300 Weatherby Magnum.

Accurate has a great Customer Service dept. Call them when you need help with special loads using their powders. They have a lot of loads for the .357 SIG cartridge and now for the new 500 S&W

IMR Powders

IMR Powder Company
1080 Military Turnpike
Plattsburgh, NY - - 12901
Ph: 518-563-2253
(Write for free loading guide)

IMR makes the following powders:
For Pistol: "Hi-Skor"700-X, "Hi-Skor" 800-X, PB, SR 7625, SR 4756, SR 4759, IMR 4227, IMR 4198, IMR 3031, IMR 4064, IMR 4895, IMR 4320, and IMR 4350.

For Rifle: SR 4759, IMR 4227, IMR 4198, IMR 3031, IMR 4064, IMR 4895, IMR 4320, IMR 4350, IMR 4831 and IMR 7828

As you see, many of the IMR Powders can be used for pistol and rifle loads. IMR stood originally for "Improved Military Rifle" and the powders were used very extensively in them. That is why I have only used the powders in my rifle loads. But if you wish, by all means get one of their manuals and try the handgun loads they have published. You will find mostly the "Hi-Skor", PB and the "SR" powders used for handguns.


Winchester Powders

Winchester-Western Division of
OLIN Corporation
New Haven, Connecticut and
East Alton, Illinois

Winchester makes the following Double-based, Ball powders:

WST -- Super-Target is for shotshells, .38 Special and .45 ACP.
WSL -- Super-Lite is for target loads. Good for 9mm, 40 S&W and a low charge weight propellant.
231 -- is Winchester's most popular reload propellant. It's a high energy pistol powder that is great for .38 Special, .45 ACP, and 9mm Standard Velocity Loads.
WSF -- Super-Field is popular for 20 guage AA Target Load and 12 guage 3/4 dram equivalent Super-X load.
New WAP -- Winchester Action Pistol is one of two powders introduced in 1994. Designed to be same as factory loaded in Winchester 9mm and .40 S&W.
540 -- Works well in 12 guage 1 1/4 oz. and 1 1/2 oz., 20 guage 1 oz. and 28 guage 3/4 oz. loads. Suitable for .38 Super, 9mm, .40 S&W and 10mm loads.
571 -- A magnum shotshell propellant for high velocities in 12 guage 1 3/8 oz. and 1 1/2 oz. loads and other heavy field loads. Suitable for .38 Super, 9mm, 40 S&W and 10mm loads.
296 -- developed for Winchester factory loaded .357 magnum, .44 magnum and 410 bore. However 296 is NOT suitable for rifle cartridges.
748 -- Chosen by U.S. Military for 5.56 mm and 223 Remington. Also good for 30-30 and .308 cartridges.
760 is used to duplicate Winchester 30-06 factory loads. Also suitable for 7mm to 8mm loads and the new 30-06 Fail Safe bullet.
NEW WMR -- is the Winchester Magnum Rifle powder. Introduced in 1994, it's a good choice for 270 Win, 243 Win and 300 Win Mag and also can be used in 257 Roberts, 25-06, 280 Rem, and 338 Win Mag.
Note: 452AA, 473AA and 680 powders have been discontinued.


VihtaVuori Oy Powders

VihtaVuori Oy Company, Ammunition Unit
SF-41330 VihtaVuori, Finland
Tel. +358-41-3779 211
Web Site:

Write for Free Reloading Guide, 6th Edition
Kaltron-Pettibone, U.S. Importer
1241 Ellis Street
Bensenville, IL 60106

Vihtavuori makes the following powders:
N310, N3SF, N3SL, N320, N321, N324, N3SM, N330, N331, N338, N340, 3N37, N3SH, N350, N110, N120, N125, N130, N132, N133, N135, N140, N150, N160, N165, 24N41, N170, 20N29.

They have a nice reloading book showing all their powders for Rifle, Handgun and Shotgun loads. There is a very good chart in the front of their manual showing the Burning Rates of ALL powders, so you can easily see where their powders fit in. For example, it shows Accurate #5, Hodgdon Universal, and Alliant Unique about the same burning rate as their Vihtavuori N338.