Part of the responsibility of being a reloader includes the safe handling, storage and use of gun powder.

Decapping Pins, Primer Pkt,
Brushes, plus lots more...


Primers for Reloading


IMR makes the following powders:
For Pistol: "TRAIL BOSS" (fantastic new cowboy action powder), "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


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


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


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.

General Safety Guidelines
Important Safety and Health Precautions

To perform in a gun, powders must ignite easily and burn rapidly.
These characteristics require use of common sense to avoid accidents.


  1. DO NOT smoke when reloading.

  2. DO NOT use spark-producing tools.

  3. DO NOT mix powders of different kinds.

  4. DO NOT leave powder where children can get it.

  5. DO NOT try to load when distracted.

  6. Avoid an open fire or working near spark-producing machinery.

  7. Pour out only the amount of powder needed for immediate work.

  8. Check the powder measure each time it is used. Make sure the settings have not been accidentally changed. Check-weigh "thrown charges" frequently.

  9. Clean up any spilled powders. Use a brush and dustpan; do not use a vacuum cleaner. 

  10. Store powder only in its original container, which was carefully designed for this usage. DO NOT REPACKAGE. Do not purchase or accept any powder not in its original, FACTORY-SEALED container.

  11. Be sure the powder container is completely empty before discarding. Do not use the container to store other powders or materials, or for any other purpose.

  12. Always keep in mind that smokeless powder is an explosive material and highly flammable. It should always be stored and handled in such a way as to avoid impact, friction, heat, sparks, or flame.

  13. Wear safety glasses when reloading.

  14. This material contains nitroglycerin. Inhalation, skin contact, or ingestion may cause severe headache, nausea, and lowering of blood pressure.


  1. Do not take internally. In case of ingestion, cause vomiting. Call a physician.

  2. Avoid contamination of food, beverages, or smoking materials.

  3. Avoid breathing dust. Ensure adequate ventilation during handling.

  4. Wash thoroughly after handling and before eating, drinking, or smoking.

  5. Do not carry powder in clothing.

You must also always remember:

  1. Establish a routine for reloading. It will result in more uniform loads and less chance of error.

  2. Some primers are more powerful than others (they produce more gas at a higher temperature). Use only the primers specified herein.

  3. Shotshell wads differ in their sealing ability. Use only the load combinations specified herein.

  4. If you use cast bullets, their diameter, hardness, lubrication, and crimp will affect the ballistics.

  5. With the exception of data in the "Non-Toxic Shotshell" reloading data section, the shotshell loads in this booklet are for use with LEAD SHOT ONLY!

  6. Use only the brands of powder and components shown in our tables. Do not substitute other types.

  7. Discharging firearms in poorly ventilated areas, cleaning firearms, or handling ammunition may result in exposure to lead, a substance known to cause birth defects, reproductive harm, and other serious physical injury. Have adequate ventilation at all times. Wash hands and face thoroughly after handling and before coming in contact with food, chewing materials, and smoking material.



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