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    9mm loads using unique?

    Was planning to start loading 9mm using unique powder to have a decent practice load using a powder I can use for practically everything I load for. Unique seems to be pretty universal in loadings in readily available powders. I currently load 124gr cast, 147gr cast and 124gr plated. Does anyone have any favorite loads using unique and these weights to try. I am going to be using the lyman and sierra loading manuals for reference.

    Thanks in advance any input is welcome.
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    Unique has not been the best powder for my nines, but if you are looking across multiple calibers, it is probably as good as others.

    So far LongShot has been the most accurate out of my autoloading Tauri with 5” barrels. I’m still experimenting with shorter Tauri barrels and other brands of autoloading hand guns.

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    Unique works fantastic in +P loads with a 115 JHP, but not sure about plinker loads. It's a little dirty for that, I suspect.
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    BTW, in 9mm light loads, I shoot B'eye.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NativeTexan View Post
    BTW, in 9mm light loads, I shoot B'eye.
    how does bulls eye fill the case never used it . Have been using true blue lately for all my loads

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    My go to for 9mm is Accurate #2. I prefer Unique for my 45acp. In a pinch I can use Accurate#2 for my 45 loads.
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    Trust your Lyman manual.

    As Native Texan said, it (ETA: meaning "UNIQUE") is really great for higher pressure/velocity loads, but for plinkers, use Bullseye, it probably will NOT fill your case, but you can definitely tell if there is a double load in there. Both powders are great for cast lead loads.
    Last edited by Flash60601; 11-05-2019 at 06:38 PM. Reason: clarify - "IT" meaning "UNIQUE"
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    A very very long time ago, when I first got my PT92, I used a Target load with a 124 grain Cast Flat Point over 4.5 grains of Unique. This load also worked well in a Glock 19. Unfortunately, it did not knock down Steel Pepper Poppers well and had to be bumped up to 4.7 grains. Load a 124 grain Bullet to 1050 fps and that should work very well. Can't speak to the 147 grain Cast, as I've never used a Cast Bullet in that weight.

    These days I run a Berry's Plated 124 grain Flat Point over 4.8 grains of WST for 1130 fps in most every 9mm Pistol I own.
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    From 4" barrel S&W SD9VE & GLOCK 19

    Magnus 124 gr hard cast + 5.8 grs Unique = 1,150 - 1,180 FPS

    Magnus 147 gr hard cast + 4.3 grs Unique = 940 - 950 FPS

    Unique has been around since 1899 and is one of my favorite all round powders but is dirty and smokey in indoor ranges.

    I like AA#2 which has a burn rate equal to Bullseye, but burns a lot cleaner than Unique.
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    I have yet to find a better powder for 9mm than BE-86. It's also my best powder for 40 cal and 38 Superb.

    edit: Looked through my database, I'll add 38 Special and 45 Auto to that list. Of all the powders I've tested BE-86 is the most highlighted "best" in every caliber except 357 Mag and 32 Auto
    Last edited by funflyer; 11-07-2019 at 08:28 AM.

 

 
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