Unburned powder

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by LesterPTelestrat, Sep 29, 2010.

  1. LesterPTelestrat

    LesterPTelestrat New Member

    Aug 17, 2010
    After shooting up 100 rounds of my "Precision Bullet" loads. (lead with a molly coating) today I noticed a fair amount of unburned powder on the tarp I setup to catch my brass. I shoot at an outdoor range and would loose all my brass if I didn't do this.

    I'm shooting .45 ACP using Unique powder and Winchester primers. The loads were charged with 5.0 grains of powder and seating 230 grain bullets at 1.20"

    Is it common to see unburned powder? I've never noticed it before, but now that I'm recovering my brass by using a tarp I can easily see the little disc shaped Unique powder flakes on the tarp. I don't know if this will happen with FMJ's. I'll try that tomorrow or this weekend.
  2. 312shooter

    312shooter Well-Known Member

    Mar 17, 2008
    Las Vegas NV
    With Unique it does tend to get a bit messy with incomplete burn, makes a beautiful stainless 1911 look like a musket after a hundred or so rounds. Try some bullseye,the cleanest burner I have found is power pistol. I'd say that moly coated lead is not helping your clean factor either.....
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2010

  3. LDBennett

    LDBennett Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2003
    Hesperia, CA
    There are many other choices of powder available for 45 ACP reloading. Unique is an old powder that suffers from being very dirty. Other powders do much better.

    I use Winchester 231 or its Hodgdon EXACT equivalent HP38. It is more economical than Unique and can be used in all handgun loads from 25ACP to 45 Long Colt. And it works well in all.

  4. LesterPTelestrat

    LesterPTelestrat New Member

    Aug 17, 2010
    Thanks for the input guys. I've been thinking of changing powders and since I'm almost out of Unique I'll try the Win 231 or Hodgdon equivalent.
  5. deadin

    deadin Well-Known Member

    May 16, 2006
    My pet load used to be 5.5 gr of Unique behind a 200 gr, SWC. Nice accurate load that never failed to function, but, as said, dirty and also didn't meter well from my Lyman measure, I changed to Bullseye and never found a target load I liked, so now I use Win 231 and have had no complainds.
  6. carver

    carver Moderator Supporting Member

    230 Laser Cast RN 5.0grs AA#2 @766fps, 5.6grs AA#2 @ 870fps max presure17,200. No lube.
  7. Boogieman

    Boogieman Member

    May 21, 2009
    Try Titegroup 4.8 gr, with 200gr. Lee swc It burns clean & groups great out to 50 yds.
  8. Regular Joe

    Regular Joe New Member

    Sep 28, 2010
    Very old memory seems to be trying to tell me that 231 was formulated specifically for .45 ACP. I've known a lot of old timers who used to do contract loading for LE when LE and .45 were much more closely related. If you suggested using anything but 5.0 gr. of 231, they would begin to wonder if you was all that much worth knowing after all.
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