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Question about Unique Powder

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by jerryw, Jun 24, 2007.

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  1. jerryw

    jerryw TS Member

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    I have obtained about 12# of Unique powder. I load 1oz loads and have always used Red Dot. I noticed at the Alliant site the recipe for 22 grains Unique, W-209 primer and Win WAA12SL wad produces 6,500 pressure. With Red Dot the recipe for 1 oz produces 10,200 pressure. What will the difference be in these two loads?

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  2. ec90t

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    Less felt recoil! Unique is a slower burning powder than Red Dot. The downside to it is cold weather performance will suffer due to the lack of pressure.

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  3. Quack Shot

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    Unique is not a great choice for light 1oz loads. It's great for the handicap 1 1/8, but may have issues when loaded light. Cold weather performance (as already mentioned), inconsistent velocities, unburned powder residue, Noise, and a host of other possibilities. I'd use the Red Dot or other faster powder for the 1oz. The Red Dot load will probably work better in lower temps, burn cleaner, cycle a gas operated autoloader more reliably, give more consistent velocities, be more economical, etc. Unique is a good powder for heavier 12ga target loads and some 16/20 ga loads, so if you can trade it off to someone for a more suitable powder, go ahead.
     
  4. ricks1

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    one other thing if it is the old type dont use it in a gas op gun or you will be taking it apart to clean offen i use it alot for hand gun if you want to sell let me know rick
     
  5. jerryw

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    I have obtained about 12# of Unique powder. I load 1oz loads and have always used Red Dot. I noticed at the Alliant site the recipe for 22 grains Unique, W-209 primer and Win WAA12SL wad produces 6,500 pressure. With Red Dot the recipe for 1 oz produces 10,200 pressure. What will the difference be in these two loads?

    Thanks
    Jerryw
     
  6. ec90t

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    Less felt recoil! Unique is a slower burning powder than Red Dot. The downside to it is cold weather performance will suffer due to the lack of pressure.

    ec90t
     
  7. Quack Shot

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    Unique is not a great choice for light 1oz loads. It's great for the handicap 1 1/8, but may have issues when loaded light. Cold weather performance (as already mentioned), inconsistent velocities, unburned powder residue, Noise, and a host of other possibilities. I'd use the Red Dot or other faster powder for the 1oz. The Red Dot load will probably work better in lower temps, burn cleaner, cycle a gas operated autoloader more reliably, give more consistent velocities, be more economical, etc. Unique is a good powder for heavier 12ga target loads and some 16/20 ga loads, so if you can trade it off to someone for a more suitable powder, go ahead.
     
  8. ricks1

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    one other thing if it is the old type dont use it in a gas op gun or you will be taking it apart to clean offen i use it alot for hand gun if you want to sell let me know rick
     
  9. jerryw

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    Good responses Thank You I am glad I asked before loading up some of these. I think I will try to sell or trade it. I shoot a Beretta 682, but I also have a Beretta 391 autoloader so I don't want anything that would cause me to have to clean it more often.I am pretty sure the powder is the old type. I loaded some heavy handicap but have not shot them yet. Time for plan B.

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  10. Bob_K

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    It makes a great 20 gauge powder for 7/8 oz loads. If you were in Virginia, I'd trade some PROMO for it.
     
  11. Phil E

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    It's an exceptionally versatile handgun powder, working well in many cartridges. If you don't want it, you can probably sell or trade to a handgun shooter, like Rick said. Phil E
     
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