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9mm with Unique?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by doc540, Mar 5, 2011.

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  1. doc540

    doc540 Member

    Nov 12, 2007
    Southeast Texas
    Caliber: 9mm

    Use: looking for soft shooting, paper punching loads (will not be used for carry or personal defense)

    Pistol: Colt Combat Commander/4.24" barrel

    Loader: Dillon SDB

    Bullets: 124 and 147 grain TCJ FMJ

    Powder: Unique (all I could find in stock locally)

    Set up and ready to work the handle for the first time.

    Your recommendations?

    (searched through many other threads, but I guess I overlooked recommendations using Unique powder)

  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Sep 17, 2007
    Eastern KS
    5.0 with the 124 and 4.0 with the 147.

  3. redbullitt

    redbullitt Member

    Nov 9, 2008
    Morgantown WV
    Unique is good stuff.

    It can be a little picky when you are throwing it through. Mine will usually throu within .2g. I just set it so I will not go over max even with a bit heavier charge.

    I use it in 45, 9mm, 38 sp and it does great. 5 grains works just fine for me in 9 mm.

    good luck
  4. rg1

    rg1 Member

    May 26, 2006
    124 grain bullet, start at 4.8 grains of Unique and work up to 5.1 grains. I agree that 5.0 grains is a good safe load with most all bullets, not maximum with Unique and 124 grain bullets in 9MM. FMJ roundnose bullets seated to 1.150" works well in my 9's. Hollowpoint bullets seated to manufacturers recommended overall length.
  5. GLOOB

    GLOOB Member

    Sep 16, 2007
    CAUTION: The following post includes loading data beyond currently published maximums for this cartridge. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK. Neither the writer, The High Road, nor the staff of THR assume any liability for any damage or injury resulting from use of this information.

    I've loaded Unique with 124 gr plated bullets anywhere from 4.2 to 6.0 with the whole gamut of OALs. The "factory plinking load" is 4.8ish, IMO. Even 4.2 will reliably cycle most of my pistols.
  6. robotboy175

    robotboy175 Member

    Jun 14, 2010
    howdy doc! 810wmb here:D

    i wrote alliant and here is what they sent me. i have used 4.3 grains with 124gr cast lead bullets for over a year now. no problems at all. cycles through my cz75b sa great.

    9mm Luger

    115 gr lead bullet
    Bullseye start 4 grs max 4.5 grs
    Unique start 4.5 max 5 grs
    Power Pistol start 5 grs max 5.5 grs

    115 gr jacketed bullet
    Bullseye start 4 grs max 4.5 grs
    Unique start 4.5 grs max 5.5 grs
    Power Pistol start 5.9 grs max 6.3 grs

    124/125 gr lead
    Bullseye start 3.8 grs max 4.3 grs
    Unique start 4 grs max 4.5 grs
    Power Pistol start 4.8 grs max 5.3 grs

    124/125 gr jacketed
    Bullseye start 3.9 grs max 4.3 grs
    Unique start 4.5 grs max 5 grs
    Power Pistol start 5 grs max 5.5 grs

    147 gr lead
    Bullseye start 2.8 grs max 3.3 grs
    Unique start 3.2 grs max 3.6 grs
    Power Pistol start 4 grs max 4.5 grs

    147 gr jacketed
    Unique start 4 grs max 4.5 grs
    Power Pistol start 4.5 grs max 5 grs

    Note: Start with the minimum charge wt. Reload just a few and be sure they will properly cycle the action of your pistol before reloading a quantity.

  7. ssyoumans

    ssyoumans Member

    Jan 15, 2010
    Interesting that Alliant is downgrading Power Pistol. Prior manuals have listed 6.7gr as max with the 115gr bullet. Hmmmm....
  8. bds
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    bds Member

    Jan 10, 2010
    Northwest Coast
    This is what currently shows on Alliant's website:
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