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Old January 21, 2006, 11:49 PM   #4
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Win. 231 is fine for the .38 Special, .45 ACP and lighter loads in the .357 Mag. I started using it exactly for the same reasons--Unique wouldn't meter uniformly through a RCBS Uniflow measure.

I use 231 behind 158 lead SWCs for .38 Special loads. I've been using 4.7 grains. I've also loaded 200-grain SWC .45 ACP target loads--4.7 up to 5.0 grains depending on the pistol. It's also a great powder for 9mm loads.

You also might look at Hodgdon Universal. It burns at about the same rate as Unique and 231.

I did try 231 in the .45 Colt a few times. It didn't work as well as Unique--the standard deviation was high. I figured there was too much room in the big case.
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