Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Col. Harrumph, Jun 20, 2021.
What burns cleaner? (Nearly everything, I expect.)
Edit: That's not soot, that's unicorn dust from the magical Unique....
I would think for light 12 gauge trap loads you would want something faster than Unigue, like Red Dot, 700x etc
Never used them but Alliant says American Select and E3 are both supposed to be cleaner.
Most likely it will be more what can you get right now.
Personally, I've found American Select, Clays, Clay Dot, Titewad, and WST to be among the cleanest I've tried.
e3 and AA N100 have been available for the most part. For a long time e3 was the only Alliant powder at Powder Valley.
kind of " soot" or any of that stuff as
long as the accuracy is there.
I have many cleaning patches and
a cleaning rod for everything I shoot
I use a lot of Unique since it covers
several bases for me. There's not
much you can't use it in with the
That said, I do not shoot competitively
so my requirements don't mesh with
lots of other folks
AA Nitro 100 also works great in 45 acp.
Unique is my go to pistol powder with Universal, HP-38, BE, RD all close behind.
To me, we should be saying Less Dirty. The ones mentioned seem to be of that description.
On the other hand, maybe I shoot more rounds per gun per session than the average bear.
Amen and exactly!
I only compete with myself and my own skill levels. And I'm a pretty laid back competitor.
Dirty guns are part of shooting. I never understood folks getting all uptight about cleaning black powder or corrosive primed ammo, either. It's the same cleaning routine, even if the solvent changes a little or there's an extra brush-wipe-dry step every once in a while.
Unique is universal; but, Universal is not unique.
Not in my opinion... it's more closer to W231 than Unique. I'll tell you it doesn't behave like Unique. Further, I think it is intended for metallic handgun loads only, not shotsell.
FWIW, I like it for .45ACP and 9mm.
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