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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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I've been using Unique for 9mm and .45acp for a very long time.

^^^^THIS

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. Big Grin



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I've been using Unique for 9mm and .45acp for a very long time.

^^^^THIS

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. Big Grin


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.
 
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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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I agree with Blue68f100. I like WSF for all the reasons he listed. I consider it a clean Unique that meters well.
 
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I use Unique for 38 Spl, 44 Spl, and 45 Colt, it is a terrific powder.




 
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I’ve been using Unique for a lot of years in reloading 45acp. Love it! I’ve begun using it in plinking loads for .44 Magnum.


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Who cares about cleanliness? Accuracy is the name of the game.
You could try BE86 or Power Pistol. Moving up in burn rate, you could try Zip or 231/HP38
 
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