The Hercules vs Alliant question is one I've had too since I picked up some canisters of Hercules stuff from a fellow who moved a year ago. I have been finding some great loads with the pre-buyout powders, some of which I haven't used before or not in certain cartridges anyway. My big Q is, will I get similar results with the new Alliant versions? I guess time will tell. My 218 Bee really has taken a shine to the old 2400 and Red Dot is a fine mild load powder for the 45 Colt.