Shotshell Powder Application in Pistol

One of the many benefits of reloading is setting the components and performance of handloaded ammunition based upon individual reloader preference. In many cases, a powder designed for use in shotgun reloading can be used with success in handloading some pistol ammunition.

As always, only data as shown in the Hodgdon Reloading Data Center (RDC) can be used. Hodgdon is aware that some of your favorite shotgun powders can work in pistol loads and data is shown in the RDC. Examples of shotgun powders that have pistol reloading data:

  • Hodgdon Longshot™
  • Hodgdon HS6™
  • Hodgdon Clays™
  • Hodgdon Universal Clays™
  • Hodgdon 700-X
  • Hodgdon PB
  • Hodgdon 800-X
  • Winchester® WST

These powders work best in:

  • .38 Special
  • .45 Auto
  • 9mm Luger
  • .40 S&W