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Discussion in 'Reloading' started by jetsfan-24, Dec 15, 2011.

  1. jetsfan-24


    Jan 30, 2010
    somerset pa
    hey i,m real new 2 reloading so bear with me how is unique as an all around powder for 38-357-9mm-40s&w-10mm-and 45acp i know there r better for some of them just looking decent avg ?
  2. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

    May 31, 2007
    Old Colorado City
    One of the best all around powders available. It works in darn near every pistol cartridge, but you'll want something a tad slower burning for full power .357 mag and 10mm. It will be good for midrange loads, though...

  3. XDRoX


    Jan 24, 2009
    San Diego
    You'd be hard pressed to find another powder to work in all those calibers as well as Unique.
  4. ColoCG


    Mar 18, 2011
    I've loaded unique in all of those with very good to great results except 10mm.

    It won't give you top velocity in .357 but I load 7gr. of it behind 150gr. to 160gr. bullets in 4" .357 that will perform very good. To get top velocity in .357 you need 2400, 296/H110, 4227 or other slower powder..
    I don't reload 10mm but unique could be used in it, but again not to top velocity. I would think you could get a decent load with it though.
    I've also used Unique with good results in .380acp. + others also.

    As XD said it is a very versatile powder. If I only could have 1 pistol powder that would be it.
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2011
  5. There is a thread around here where folks have jotted down many loads that they use with Unique. Title is something like Unique users Thread.

    IMO it should be a sticky as we get so many Unique questions here.

    Good luck. It is a great powder.
  6. alwaysshootin


    Nov 14, 2005
    There may be a better powder out there, for all those calibers, but I'll never find out!:supergrin: Been loading all those calibers, and, at least one more, 44 mag, using Unique. Have gone with Long Shot, for my hot 10's, and H110 for hot 44's, but other than those two, unique gets used to send all other rounds down range. A very, very, versatile, powder!
  7. rpgman

    rpgman SCGLOCK

    Jul 27, 2011
  8. TN.Frank

    TN.Frank Glock4Life

    Oct 11, 2004
    Avondale, AZ.
    Yep, Unique is probably one of the most versatile powders on the market. I've use it probably 80% if the time for my handloads. I have tried other powders but always come back to Unique.
  9. Damon555


    Mar 3, 2009
    Middle Tennessee
    I use Unique for 9mm, 38 super, 38, 357, 45 acp and soon 44 mag. While it's not good for magnum loads it makes for some nice practice rounds to get some trigger time with those guns. But for 9mm, 38 super, 38 special and 45 acp it's an excellent choice in my opinion.

    I like it so much that I bought an 8# jug!

  10. fredj338


    Dec 22, 2004
    If I were forced to have only one powder in stock, it would be Unique. It just flat works well in everything.
  11. Eldon Hickey

    Eldon Hickey

    Dec 2, 2011
    If I only could use one powder for the cartridges I reload--.38, .357 and .32 H and R--it would be contest. I do use H110 for hot .357 and Trailboss for some light loads, but Unique will do it all pretty well, and you have the added advantage of over a century's worth of accumulated load data. It's to handloading what Hoppe's is to gun cleaning.
  12. housecat


    May 21, 2008
    There are a lot of good posts on this powder. I've shot more Unique than all other pistol powders combined. None of them can do everything that Unique can do. The only thing it can't do is make full power magnums. This seems to be a pistol thread, but Unique is a very fine shotgun powder as well.