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What is the Old Standby powder for .45acp

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Madmax, Dec 11, 2012.

  1. 2bfree

    2bfree Well-Known Member

    Another happy user of 231/hp-38 for 9mm and 45 ACP. I have not tried any others though, I'm of the "if it ain't broke don't fix it" type.
  2. RugerBob

    RugerBob Well-Known Member

    I use to use unique. Now 700x for 45acp. I don't have a 9mm.
    Still use unique for.other things.
  3. BYJO4

    BYJO4 Well-Known Member

    Another vote for Bullseye as my first choice and Unique for my second choice.
  4. ColtPythonElite

    ColtPythonElite Well-Known Member

    Unique for me.
  5. I was becoming a big fan of Titegroup untill I tried Unique. I really like Unique for .45 and 9mm and for .44 mag lead loads too. Kinda hard to beat that versatility.
  6. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    Bullseye and Unique were the go-to powders for almost any caliber because back then they were the only powders available. Now that we have so many powders it's almost impossible to pick just one there are other choices that work better.

    I found W231 to be the best powder for the 45 ACP and I also use it in the 9mm. I also use Longshot for high end 9mm loads.
  7. codefour

    codefour Well-Known Member

    I was a huge believer in Unique as well until... Until I tried Power Pistol. Powr Pistol was designed for 9mm and .40 S&W but I found it works very well in .45 ACP.

    Power Pistol produces better velocity and accuracy in all three (9mm .40 S&W and .45 ACP). It is a LOT cleaner than Unique. I have 12 lbs of Unique that I bought before I discovered Power Pistol. Now, the Unique is waiting for a rainy day or armageddon or what ever.. From now, I am going to stick to Power Pistol.
  8. flynlr

    flynlr Well-Known Member

    use unique for .380 40S&W and 45 ACP seems just fine.
  9. Wildbillz

    Wildbillz Well-Known Member

    Cast lead I would use Unique or Bullseye. Jacketed bullets I go to Win231.

    As a side note, most all my pistol loads use one of these three powders. Magnums I need to use somthing else. 2400 or AA #9 maybe.

  10. edfardos

    edfardos Well-Known Member

    which powder is least likely to foul your 45 chamber? Unburned aa#5 caused jams in my 1911, but hp38 burns completely, no jams.

  11. mcdonl

    mcdonl Well-Known Member

    I just did some tests of Unique, Universal and W231 using Cast 230RN and Berry 220HP's with various loads @ 15 yards.... All loads were tested out of a 1911 and M&P 45 - No malfunctions and none of the powders seemed to be dirtier than the others.

    The best groupings I got (Albiet not terrific, but they were the best none-the-less) were the LRN w/ 5.1 of W231 - The Unique and Universal were pretty close. So close they may have been equal...

    All of them did better on the second go-round... not sure if it can be attributed to the gun being warm or me being warm....

    Bottom line all three of the powders I had perfomed nicely with two different bullets out of two different guns.
  12. Bovice

    Bovice Well-Known Member

    I've heard that universal is meant to be the "new" unique. DO NOT INTERCHANGE THE TWO EQUALLY, THE DATA IS DIFFERENT. But that's what I've heard.
  13. cfullgraf

    cfullgraf Well-Known Member

    I have used 700-X in 45 ACP for 30 years. Does that qualify as an "old standby"?

    Other powders suggested are good as well. Also, Accurate #5

    I have been using True Blue in 9x19 since 2009 when other powders were in short supply. I liked it and have kept using it.
  14. savanahsdad

    savanahsdad Well-Known Member

    Unique is my go to power for 45acp, I do use others , but Unique works best in my 1911,
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2012
  15. SSN Vet

    SSN Vet Well-Known Member

    I asked the same question 5 years ago when I started and decided on W231...

    I've been happy with the results and have had no other reason to try anything different.

    I may pick up a pound of Unique or Long Shot to work up some max. velocity loads.... but W231 meters like a dream, burns completely, isn't too aweful dirty, and has been accurate and reliable.
  16. BigJimP

    BigJimP Well-Known Member

    Hodgdon Universal is my primary choice....

    ( my 2nd choice would be Hodgdon TiteGroup ) ...
  17. readyeddy

    readyeddy Well-Known Member

    For me it's been W231 for the past 20 years.
  18. HKGuns

    HKGuns Well-Known Member

    Cfull, you're the only other person I've ever seen using 700X for pistol loads.

    I use it for .45ACP and 9mm as well because I have a 12 pound keg for shotgun reloading. Pretty versatile and you use hardly any of it for reloading pistol rounds.
  19. 918v

    918v Well-Known Member

    AA#7 for 9mm

    Bullseye for the 45
  20. Float Pilot

    Float Pilot Well-Known Member

    Another vote for ww 231 OR AS IT IS ALSO KNOWN hp-38

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