Alliant Sport Pistol is a NEW Choice for Handgun Reloaders

Sport Pistol

When it comes to handgun shooting, there is traditionally a steeper learning curve and more range time involved to be accurate. If you also happen to be a reloader, then it is not your shooting ability that is stopping you from blowing out the center bullseye… its the powder your buddy recommended! It cannot be your fault, right?

Reloaders are always in pursuit of theĀ perfect powder for every firearm they own. The pursuit is never-ending and we are always willing to experiment with new ones. Alliant has a new powder for pistol shooters to start doing dabbling in called “Sport Pistol.”

Some of the touted benefits of this new powder are as follows:

  • Clean-burning formulation
  • Versatile ballistics
  • Great temperature stability
  • Excellent charging and case fill
  • Low muzzle flash
  • Optimized for polymer-coated bullets
  • Made in the U.S.A.

Like many powders on the market, you can buy this in 1 Lbs. (MSRP – $27.25), 4 Lbs. (MSRP – $99.70) or 8 Lbs. (MSRP – $184.75) bottles. Data is already available for this new powder on Alliant’s website, but their reloading guide has much to be desired.

The press release statement given by Alliant Powder of Vista Outdoor expands on the qualities of Sport Pistol:

Sport Pistol provides extremely reliable cycling, excellent charging and case fill, and ballistics that lend themselves to a range of popular loads. Sport Pistol also delivers precise performance with all bullet types, but the low-muzzle-flash formulation was optimized for polymer-coated bullets. Other double-base powders can dissolve the polymer coatings at the bullet base, exposing the lead to vaporization due to the intense heat during the ballistic cycle. The medium-fast burning Sport Pistol is also very temperature stable, so there is little velocity deviation to worry about at seasonal competitions.

So if you are anything like me, you will probably give this powder a “shot” at some point in time. Whether it outperforms such industry favorites like Alliant’s Power Pistol, Hodgdon’s Titegroup, or Winchester’s AutoComp we will soon find out.



The outdoors, fitness and anything related to firearms are my passions. I am a S&W Armorer, Glock Armorer, reloader and am coping with an addiction to classic S&W and Colt revolvers (by buying more revolvers). I’ve been a guest writer for Sierra Bullets and love long walks to the gun range.


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  • Swarf

    Is this a deodorant?

    • SPQR9

      And a floor wax

    • Raptor Fred

      Smells like Winning.

    • USMC03Vet

      I thought it was going to be some hilarious shooting body spray too. What a disappointment…..

      • DanGoodShot

        What? It’s NOT a deodorant body powder for men? Sh@t, Then I’ve been using this stuff all sorts of wrong!

  • SPQR9

    I like Alliant powders but their reloading guide does suck.

    • James

      Sure does. Compared to Accurate/Western/Ramshot’s guide at least.

    • Laserbait

      Hodgdons guide is sheer brilliance.

      • Raptor Fred

        Tried to post my reply

      • SPQR9

        Hodgdon’s paper guide can be a good reference, if one doesn’t mind rebuying it annually. I don’t, I think its a good buy. Their online guide is a great resource.

    • Raptor Fred

      # TAG

  • Raptor Fred

    It would be nice to see where this fits on a burn rate chart. Flash Suppressed powders are awesome to be able to purchase. Ramshot Silhouette , Auto Comp , BE-86 , and now this. It’s also neat that it wont eat Hi-Tek coated bullets.

  • marathag

    So where does this fall, from Red Dot to Unique for rough burn rate?

  • PGHShyster

    I see on Midway that Federal is now selling as handloading components the new plastic-coated “Syntech” bullets developed for the American Eagle line. I remember when the Syntech ammo was introduced last year it was also touted as using new clean-burning powder. Since Alliant is under the same corporate umbrella as Federal and the press release refers to “polymer-coated bullets,” I’m guessing Sport Pistol is the powder developed for that Syntech ammo.

    • SPQR9

      Interesting observation, I missed that.

  • BeoBear

    I’m still a newbie reloader so everything is new to me. With loading 9mm, .40S&W, .45acp, .45 Colt, .38/.357 mag, .44/.44mag just in handguns I’m liking the idea of a new (hopefully good) powder for pistols. As it stands we are using Universal for the .45 Colt (seems to work very well) and Power Pistol for the 9mm, .40S&W and .357mag. Haven’t gotten around to loading the .45acp and .44mag yet. We also have to load for .223/5.56, 6.5 Grendel, .50Beowulf, .45-70 Govt and .30-06 so everything has to take it’s turn. We have a couple of the rifle dies but haven’t tried loading them yet. Going slow with the pistol calibers to build up skill levels first.