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I've been using Unique for 9mm and .45acp for a very long time. Is there another powder that burns cleaner, and fills up most of the case?
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I found that Hodgdon Universal Clays works well and has a burn rate nearly that of Unique. I also like Hodgdon’s CFE when using jacketed bullets.
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There are several powders that will work and meter a lot better than Unique. I use WSF for my 9mm loads. It's a ball powder and fills the case so it's easy to see, about the same speed as Unique. I've used it on 45 acp but I normally shoot 185gr LSWC so I use a faster burn powder WST (ball powder), reduced for BE shooting. W231/HP38 is another powder that will work well with both.
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Plus one on both the WSF and Win 231 recommendations, with accuracy kudos going to WSF, with both jacketed 115's and 124's. For lead alloy SWC's, I prefer either WSF or Unique. Best Regards, Rod
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WSF & W231 are not really close. W231 is faster than Unique, WSF is a tiny bit slower. WSF has less loft than Unique but for 9mm or even 45acp, it is more than half the case so pretty hard to miss a charge. BE86 is a newer powder that is a bit slower than Unique with good metering characteristics.
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Unique is old school......but so am I. Been using it since the mid 80's on a whole bunch of different cartridges. If I were limited to one powder, this would be the one. And, Hey, it's cleaner than it used to be.
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I agree. Unique is also my favorite pistol powder.
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Although I have a bit of Bullseye I got real cheap, my go to powder is Unique. I reload 38 special, 9mm, 45 ACP/auto rim, and 45 Colt. It works well for me. My shooting buddy must have a dozen powders on his shelf. I've got basically one powder that handles my needs and does it well. Just my two cents.
I have used Unique but more often use Hodgdon ‘Universal’ in similar applications.
The burn rates of the two are very close.
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