Unique Powder data needed

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by ncisland11, Oct 12, 2009.

  1. ncisland11

    ncisland11 New Member

    Oct 12, 2009
    I'm looking for some data on Unique powder for re-loading 45 ACP, 9 MM Luger and 380 Auto. The Unique website doesn't give any data on other bullets except Speer. For the 45 I'm using a 230 gr. round nose copper bonded bullet. The 9MM is the same type of bullet in a 115 gr. The 380 auto is a 95 gr. JSPHB bullet. Anyone have any info on recommended starting/ max loading grains of Unique powder??? Thanks!!
  2. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Athens, Georgia
    ncisland11 - Welcome to the Forum.

    I'm first going to ask the obvious question, then I'm going to give you the data in the Hornady #7 Manual.

    What reloading manual(s) do you have?

    .45 ACP - 230 grain FMJ - Unique powder 5.1 grains at 700 fps, 5.4 grains at 750 fps, the max load is 6.1 at 850 fps.

    9mm - Hornady manual does not give a load for 115 grain bullet for unique powder
    Lyman manual # 49 gives the minimum load of 4.4 grains at 996 fps and maximum load of 5.8 grains at 1233 fps

    .380 - Hornady does not give a load for a 95 grain billet.
    Lyman manual gives minimum load of 2.3 grains at 706 fps and a maximum load of 3.1 grains at 952 fps.

    If you do not have any reloading manuals, I strongly suggest that you look into getting a couple of them, they really make good reading on a rainy day. :D:D

  3. williamd

    williamd New Member

    Mar 21, 2007
  4. jdon72

    jdon72 Member

    Feb 3, 2009
    I use unique on 45 cal but with 185 gr hp. I use 7.7 gr (7.6-7.8 average) and I believe the max is 8.2. This amount of powder has been great and very accurate in my hk 45c and hk 45 usc/ump clone. Hope it helps.

  5. Archie

    Archie Active Member

    Mar 6, 2005
    Hastings, Nebraska; the Heartland!
    Unique is good for most handgun rounds, most shotshell gauges and light loads in rifles. It's as close to a universal powder as can be found. It used to be my standard in .45 ACP for 230 grain FMJ or JHP. I do not remember the load anymore, but something in the 5 to 6 grain range sounds right. I recall it gave the highest velocities at acceptable pressure levels in most semi-auto pistol calibers.

    Loading data can be found on the Alliant website or any decent loading manual. I'm not sure enough to 'share' my memories of load specifics.
  6. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    used bookstores, cabelas, midwayusa, graf&sons, and Im sure there are others ALL sell reloading manuals. My advice is to buy more than a few. I get mine from used book stores for pennies on the dollar...
  7. jim brady

    jim brady Well-Known Member

    Sep 22, 2009
    Simla, Colorado
    I use Unique powder in nearly all my pistol loads. Find a Lyman reloading manual and closely follow their reloading cautions! These are loads I use from their data, and work well in my PPK (.380), Beretta, Walther and Luger (9mm) and Colt (.45ACP):
    .380 - 100 grain Jacketed Round Nose = 3.4 grains Unique
    9mm - 115 grain FMJ = 5.2 grains Unique
    .45ACP - 230 grain FMJ = 6.2 grains Unique
    A lot of really experianced folks contribute to this site, but please get a reloading manual and study it. They are not expensive, and the peace of mind that you will have using lab tested data is well worth it. Stay away from maximum loads - they will only increase wear on your guns and decrease safety. Good Luck!
  8. 312shooter

    312shooter Well-Known Member

    Mar 17, 2008
    Las Vegas NV
    9mm 115gr with 5.8gr unique "pet load"

    TRIGGERJA New Member

    Apr 12, 2016
    the alliant website has data for speer plated bullets . i called alliant they said that the speer plated bullet is a heavy plate , 10 times thicker than a normal plated bullet. I too an looking for more accurate information on berrys copper plated bullets and unique powder combination. i recently loaded 9 mm 115 gr berrys copper plated with 4.0 grs unique . it did not work. not enough to eject the shell. i am new to reloading ( this will become more obvious as i post lol) the alliant website says 6.0 grs of unique for speer plated 115 gr. that filled the case to much in my opinion and stopped till i got more info. i called berrys , they said i had to keep thin plated bullets under 1250 fps. ( pretty sure ) berrys sells thin plate and thick plate the code for thick plate is TP at the end of bullet code like : HBRN-TP
    i dont remember what max velocity is on TP bullets but its higher.
  10. slayer

    slayer Well-Known Member

    Apr 10, 2013
    Alliants max is 6.3gr of unique for a 115gr 9mm bullet. Muzzle velocity is listed at 1,244fps, below the 1,250fps max velocity of berrys bullets. Reducing alliants max charge of 6.3gr by 10% gives a starting charge of 5.7gr. I just loaded 9mm test rounds using berrys 115gr bullets and unique. I loaded up to 6.3gr and will test them for function and velocity Thursday morning. If you don't have a chronograph, I highly suggest one. They're a very valuable tool for handloading.
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