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    Hogden HP-38 pistol powder. What has your experiences with it been?

    I went to a LGS today that I knew had a pretty good supply of reloading powder and did not find any of the 231 that I was looking for.

    ...but....

    I did find, in quite good supply several one pound containers of Hogden's HP-38.

    Right there on the label they give a few loads for popular pistol calibers, and they all seemed about on par with 231, Unique and others.

    I went ahead and bought a pound of it to try in the .45 Colt, the .45 AutoRim, .44 Special, and .38 Special.

    So, have any of you also ever used this load? I sure hope it works out, they seem to have plenty of it.

    Thanks to everyone in advance.

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    OK, OK, OK....I just realized the error of my ways when looking up the picture to post for ya'll of a pound of HP-38.

    It IS the same thing as WW231. The same stuff I was trying to find.
    I saw these pictures as I was looking.

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    OK, in the Navy there was a term we used called "putting yourself on report" when you did something really dumb, out loud, in broad daylight, and there was no way to retract the screw up.

    Oh, well, at least now I will NEVER FORGET that HP-38 is the same thing as WW 231.

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    I use HP-38 for many different loads in 32 long, 38 S&W and Special, 357 mag, 44 special and mild 44 mag, 45 ACP and 45 Colt. It's pretty versatile for just about anything. It is the same powder as Winchester 231, just different name. Meters well, burns clean and is about the same burn rate as Alliant's Unique. Been using it for several years with no problems.
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    When both are available, I get whichever is cheapest as they are the same thing. Often, if both are on the shelf, you can even verify that the lot numbers are the same.
    It is the most accurate powder in my .45 Autos.

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    Yep, Sam Ting. It's my go to powder for just about all my hand loads.
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    Hey Retired,

    The HP 38 is 231. However, the Winchester "label" is usually about a buck/pound more! LOL

    Excellent accuracy in .38 Special, and .45acp. Do not need "full" loads to work the slide on a 1911.

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    Quote Originally Posted by msharley View Post
    The HP 38 is 231. However, the Winchester "label" is usually about a buck/pound more! LOL
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    Reminds me of oil filters. Different cans, same guts inside....
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    My favorite powder for 200gr LSWC in .45 ACP and 148gr DEWC in .38 Special. I even use the same charge.
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    Some day you will find out that H110 is just as good as 296.
    Don't feel bad it took me a couple years to figure out the 110/296 thing. I was looking at different manuals thinking they both looked pretty good. Sceeeech !
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