Hodgdon HS-6
A slower burning powder in the 9 MM range.  Produces high velocities for standard pressure loads as well as good for +P+
True Blue left, Silhouette middle, HS-6 right.  HS-6 is not the dirtiest 9MM powder, but its probably in the bottom ~1/3 or so.  Its not clean. 

True Blue left, Silhouette middle, HS-6 right.  HS-6 is not the dirtiest 9MM powder, but its probably in the bottom ~1/3 or so.  Its not clean. 

HS-6 is very versatile within 9 MM. 
65 grain Lehigh Defense XD
1.1 OAL
10.6 grains HS-6
1825 FPS
4" CZ P10c

Hodgdon HS-6
This is a flattened spherical powder.  We like this powder.  Do not load over max book for pressure as it can be unsafe. 
This powder is versatile for 9 MM.  It can do 65 grain to 147 grain and match almost any other powder in terms of velocity.   Of course, that is if +P+ is your thing.  It looks very similar to CFE Pistol doesn't it, just darker.
You can fit a lot of this into a case making this a not so great choice for the beginner reloader. 
During our testing, we found this powder to be among the top tier level of accuracy of any 9 MM powders (overall).  It doesn't make giant fireballs out the barrel either. 
We don't really care how dirty a powder is, its easy to clean a gun, so that is not a factor for us, but if it is for you, this is no N340, etc as far as how clean it is. It is somewhat dirty.
This powder is better suited for a more enthusiast type shooter that likes to do +P or +P+ (9MM Major)
Of note, on the positive side, if you use a compensator on your gun to limit recoil from the gasses blowing out, then this powder is potentially the best you can buy, period.  It gets top velocity, top accuracy tier and uses more powder so it works the comp better.  You may not notice this, as its a small difference.


So...what about HS-6 and what do some cases look like?
 
  • Xtreme Case 12.75 grn capacity
  • Fiocchi Primer
  • 5.5 grains
  • 1.145 OAL
  • 147 Grain Xtreme RN
  • 975 FPS
  • The red primer in back is a low pressure load with same primer type for comparison


  • Starline Nickel 13.50 grn capacity
  • CCI500 Primer
  • 6.6 grains
  • 1.120 OAL
  • 124 Grain Speer Gold Dot
  • 1100 FPS
  • Primers look fantastic
  • CZP10c 4" barrel


  • Xtreme Case 12.75 grn capacity
  • Fiocchi Primer
  • 6.7 grains
  • 1.095 OAL
  • 124 Precision Delta HP
  • 1200 FPS 4.5" Barrel
  • The red primer in back is a low pressure load with same primer type for comparison


  • Xtreme Case 12.75 grn capacity
  • Fiocchi Primer
  • 6.0 grains
  • 1.140 OAL
  • 115 Grain Barnes TAC-XP
  • 1130 FPS
  • The red primer in back is a low pressure load with same primer type for comparison


  • Xtreme Case 12.75 grn capacity
  • Fiocchi Primer
  • 8.5 grains
  • 1.075 OAL
  • 90 Grain Speet Gold Dot
  • 1460 FPS 4.5" barrel Stupid accurate
  • The red primer in back is a low pressure load with same primer type for comparison


  • Hornady Case 13.80  grn capacity
  • Federal gold Medal Primer (they are soft)
  • 10.6 grains
  • 1.1 OAL
  • 65 Grain Lehigh Defense XD
  • 1825 FPS 4." barrel
  • The red primer in back is a low pressure load with a harder primer (Fiocchi)


  • Xtreme Case 12.75 grn capacity
  • Fiocchi Primer
  • 10.4 grains
  • 1.100 OAL
  • 65 Grain Lehigh Xtreme Defense
  • 1780 FPS 4" barrel CZP10c
  • The red primer in back is a low pressure load with same primer type for comparison


Hodgdon HS-6
Some of these loads are above any manufacturer data.  Load at your own risk.  What we load doesn't mean it will be safe for you. Do not load above recommended manufacturer book maximums.

One of the "most" accurate powders.  This is with a Springfilend XD(M) with Venom Red Dot @ about 5 yards.  Some loads were top tier accuracy and top tier velocity. 

The two loads on bottom right.   High velocity and nuts accurate.  For a standard pressure load the 1155 FPS 124 grain HP load is like many.   You want a plinking load that shoots soft?  Lower left load, 147 grain using 4.9 grains of HS-6.  Thats almost 1 hole.  Like we said, this is a versatile, top tier powder. 

HS-6...There is nothing really to say about it except it is in a group of  powders you can buy for 9MM that can DO IT ALL, and do it well.   We would rate this powder as a top tier choice overall in the league with Silhouette, True Blue, Accurate #7 and perhaps a few others..
Some of the loads we tried
Load at your own risk.  What we load doesn't mean it will be safe for you. Do not load above recommended manufacturer book maximums.