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Old 12-24-2015, 10:33 AM
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I've heard that they are one and the same. Is this so?
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Absolutely NOT! W231 and HP-38 are one and the same. BE-86 is a relatively new powder, somewhat slower, and supposed to be similar - but not the same as - Unique. Do not interchange load data for the two powders you mention.
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Old 12-24-2015, 11:11 AM
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Who ever you heard that from, you may want to do him a favor and let him know they are not the same at all before he Wile E Cyote's himself.
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Yeah not even close. Many will say it is like PowerPistol with a flash suppressant, less blast & bang. Easy enough to tell, just load identical midrange loads, run them over the chrono. Bullets are not exactly the same but from the Alliant web. W231 Max is 5.3gr, not even close.
45 Auto 230 gr FMJ Federal 1.265 5 Fed 150 BE-86 7.1 943
45 Auto 230 gr Speer TJM RN 1.26 4.4 CCI 300 Power Pistol 8.1 916
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Graf & Sons - Powder Burn Rate


231 is 32 PP is 37 on this burn chart list...Powder rate burn chart list is
for info purposes ONLY... lts NOT a reload or substitute guide
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Wow, lots of bad information out there, always check with a reloading manual, or with the manufacture first.
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Maybe you confused what you heard - HP38 is the same as 231 but definitely not BE-86
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