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Unique Users Thread

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by DoctaGlockta, Nov 14, 2011.

  1. Thought the board needed a thread dedicated to the most useful, universal, tried and tested powder on the market...


    Feel free to post your favorite Unique loads here. Anything from pistol to rifle to shotgun loads.

    I hope that this will become a gathering place for users that want to know how to use our beloved Unique.

    Thanks in advance gentlemen.
  2. rpgman

    rpgman SCGLOCK

    Jul 27, 2011
    For my .40 load, I'm using a 165gr Precision Delta FMJ bullet, with 6.0gr of Unique at an OAL of 1.130

    For my 9mm load, I'm using a 147gr Precision Delta FMJ bullet, with 4.3gr of Unique at an OAL of 1.130


  3. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

    May 31, 2007
    Old Colorado City
    .45 auto ball - 6.2 grains 1.260" OAL, CCI large pistol primer. Clocks at 830 fps with mixed brass and is very accurate.

    Right now I'm shooting a 230 grain cast truncated cone bullet with mixed brass, 5.8 grains of Unique, 1.210" OAL and a CCI primer. Also comes in at 830 fps.

    Another hotter load is a 230 grain XTP, Federal match primer, 1.218" OAL and 6.0 grains of Unique. Averaged 872 fps.

    All speeds are from a 5" 1911.

    I shoot a 240 grain LSWC in my 4" Smith 629 .44 mag with 9.0 grains of Unique and a CCI large pistol primer with winchester brass. Very accurate and clocks 1,029 fps.

    I'll check back later with some data for .45 Colt, .38 special and 9mm. I just don't have the numbers here.
  4. SPIN2010

    SPIN2010 Searching ...

    Mar 14, 2010
    On the move ... again!
    What Steve said. :cool:
  5. fredj338


    Dec 22, 2004
    Unique is often the first powder I reach for when shooting lead bullets in anything. It also works well in plated or jacketed loads, but something about lead bullets & Unique, like peanut butter & jelly.
    9mm- 5gr under a 124gr lead anything
    9mm-5.5gr under a 124grXTP or MG JHP, amazingly accurate
    40-6gr under a 165gr Berry's or Ranier, amazingly accurate
    44mag-9gr under any 24-250grLSWC is a go to midrange plinker
    45colt-8gr under a 250-255grLSWC makes a good accurate fiueld load, about 875fps in a 4 1/2"bbl
    45acp-6gr under a 225-230grLRN is a classic ball equiv
    It isn't the best metering or cleanest powder available, but it will do so many things well, everyone should have a 4# jug, just in case.:whistling:
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2011
  6. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

    Apr 14, 2009
    Conifer, CO
    What is Unique and why does it have such a ubiquitous name? :dunno:

  7. TX Archer

    TX Archer

    Jun 4, 2011
    Austin, TX
    I've read a lot of comments about Unique not working well with Dillon powder measures. Do any of you devotees use it in Dillons and how much difference do you feel it makes?
  8. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

    May 31, 2007
    Old Colorado City
    I've used it on Stevie's 550 and on Jack's 1050. If you're in your rhythm and pull the handle the same every time, you'll get the occasional throw of .1 grain over. No big deal... certainly nothing you'll be able to tell on your target, but powders like WSF will be a tad more accurate.
  9. I tried it once. Darn flakes are the size of breakfast cereal.
  10. ColoCG


    Mar 18, 2011
    .380acp-4.1gr.under 90gr.xtp for 800fps in 2.75"and 875fps in 3 5/8" barrel
    .380acp-3.9gr under 102gr Rem gs for 800fps in 2.75" and 840fps in 3 5/8"
    9mm-5.5gr. under 124gr speer gd for 1001fps in 3" barrel
    9mm-4.3gr under 147gr speer gd for 832fps in 3" barrel
    .38spl-4.5gr under 150-160gr cast swc = soft accurate load
    .357mag-7gr under 150-160gr cast swc for 1100fps in 4" very accurate
    .40s&w- 6.5gr under 165gr plated for 1120fps in 3.5" barrel
    .40s&w- 6.2gr under 180gr fmj for 1005fps in 3.5" barrel
    .45acp- 6.5gr under 185gr plated for 871fps in 4" mild accurate load
    .45acp-6gr under 200gr. cast rnfp for 850fps in 4" mild accurate load
    .44spl-6gr under 215gr cast swc for 920fps in 6.5" barrel super accurate
    .44spl-6gr under 255 cswc for 700fps in 6.5" mild sup accurate
    .44mag-10gr under 215, 240, or 255 gr cswc good midrange load
    .45colt- 7.5gr under 250gr cswc bullet accurate load
    .454casull-13gr. under 250gr cswc mild midrange load

    Unique really lives up to it's name, it is one of the most versatile powders out there. It is not known for it's metering ability, but that's never been a problem for me. I never even knew it was dirty till I read it on the internet. If your looking for a powder that fills most cases so you eliminate the chance of double charges, will work with most handgun cartridges, and provides very good accuracy and velocity. It's hard to beat.
  11. WiskyT

    WiskyT Malcontent

    Jun 12, 2002
    North Carolina
    There should be a seperate forum for Unique users. The level of intelligence would be much higher than regular reloading boards.

    It's not exclusive to Unique, but it's kind of nice just the same. I can use 5.2 Unique in three different calibers and have factory duplication loads. With a 158 cast bullet it mimmicks the FBI load in 38+P, with a 125 cast bullet it matches factory ammo in 9mm, and with a cast 180 it matches factory ammo in 40SW.
  12. fredj338


    Dec 22, 2004
    I run it in a Dillon & it works fine. Adjust your return bar so it's snug & drops are very consistant. It helps to take the measure apart & polish the interior too.
  13. TX Archer

    TX Archer

    Jun 4, 2011
    Austin, TX
    Thanks. I just finished reading a thread at 1911forum about doing that and was wondering if it helps significantly.
  14. rg1


    Aug 5, 2003
    Works well in 20 gauge 7/8 oz. and 12 gauge 1 1/8 oz. target loads.
    9MM-- 5.4 grains with Speer 124 Gold Dots--1130 fps in 4 1/4 Glock 19-oal 1.125"
    9MM--5.0 grains with 124 gr. jacketed round nose--oal 1.150'
    9mm--5.2 grains shoots great with Remington 124 Golden Sabers-OAL 1.125'
    all 9MM with CCI 500 sp primers
    45 ACP--6.0-6.2 grains with 230 fmj bullets- oal at 1.250-1.260"
    45 ACP 6.3-6.5 grains with Rem 230 Golden Sabers- oal 1.235"
    45 ACP 6.0-6.2 with Hornady 230 XTP- 1.230' oal
    using CCI 300 and RP 2 1/2 primers
    have used Unique for .38 Special and .380. Check your manuals 1st. It is a unique powder.
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2011
  15. illrooster132


    Sep 8, 2007
    i use mine on LEE reloaders. very nice! 5.0 on 125gr 9mm.
  16. AF-Odin


    Oct 12, 2007
    Central Texas
    The ONLY powder I use for pistols, all loaded on a Dillon 550 except the .38 which I still use my old RCBS Junior and an RCBS powder measure:

    9mm 122gr LSWC = 4.5gr
    9mm 115gr FP Berry's plated = 5.2gr
    .40 165gr FP Berry's plated = 5.9gr
    .45 200gr FP Berry's plated = 6.5gr

    Also loaded with Unique, but don't have them close enough to check exact loads:

    .38 148gr LWC
    .38 158gr LSWC
    .38 125gr FP Berry's plated
    .40 165gr Lead
    .40 180gr Lead
    .45 225gr LTC
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2011
  17. leeward419


    Feb 7, 2010
    43.12 / 77.67
    MBC 230 GR LRN with 6.3 Grns Unique, LP primer and mixed headstamp brass
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2011
  18. Psychman

    Psychman NRA Life Member

    Mar 23, 2009
    20 lbs at home right now. Excellent general use powder.

    I use it in my Dillon 550B without problems.
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2011
  19. Unique is a medium burning, double base shotgun powder that also has many applications for handguns from mild to wild. Ergo the ubiquitous name.
    I love it, and would even brush my teeth with it if it tasted better! You will find a load using Unique, for practically every handgun cartridge in almost every reloading manual because it is so versatile and widely useful.
  20. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

    Apr 14, 2009
    Conifer, CO
    :supergrin:... Thank you.