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Old April 2, 2011, 06:50 AM   #1
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Bullseye Vs Unique?

I have always used Bullseye for it versatility but and considering Unique, I load 45 LC , 45 acp, 40, and 38 spl. What are yoru thoughts on ONE powder for all these calibers? Pros and cons? Thank you
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Old April 2, 2011, 07:03 AM   #2
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I keep both on my bench, although I suppose you could find loads that work.

The problem with your caliber list is that you've got both high-pressure and low-pressure listed. .38 special and .45 ACP are low pressure. .40SW is high pressure. I can't talk about .45LC because I have no experience with it, but it was originally a black-powder cartridge, so I'm guessing it's a low-pressure load. However, some guys load it up above what a .44 magnum will do.

That said, there is no more versatile powder than Unique. You can use Unique in rifle, pistol and shotshell loads. Get a copy of the Lyman Cast Bullet handbook and try to count how many times a Unique load is listed.
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Old April 2, 2011, 08:01 AM   #3
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Unique is my go to powder for the 45 ACP. The only other one i use is titgroup.
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Old April 2, 2011, 11:35 AM   #4
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I currently use Unique for both .45acp and .40 S&W. The .40 S&W is quite snappy in my Ruger P944, even at 6.0 grains of Unique and 185 grain Hornady XTP bullets.

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Old April 2, 2011, 11:58 AM   #5
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I use Bullseye and Unique, also. Being slower burning than Bullseye, Unique will often deliver higher velocities (at max loadings); but, requires a heavier charge for similar velocities. Bullseye's my choice for economical mid-range loads in .38 SPL and .45 ACP. For larger cases, like .44 Mag and .45 LC, I'm happier with Unique.

I've got Tite-Group on my gonna-try list, too; but, it always seems to be sold out at my LGS.
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Old April 2, 2011, 12:03 PM   #6
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I use Bullseye a lot for .380acp, 9mm, .38 spec, .45acp. Within it's limits it's great. But you will want something slower if you want to go hotter safely.
I have used Unique. My powder measure didn't really like it much. If you can get it to meter consistantly, it's a good powder. I switched to AA#5 (from Unique) for everything but 9mm, for that I like HS-6 for warm to hot loads.
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Old April 2, 2011, 12:04 PM   #7
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Either powder will work for all the cartridges listed, but why limit yourself?

I've used Unique for 40 S&W (amongst other powders), and Bullseye for 38 Special and 45 ACP.

Bottom line, they'll work well for everything you listed.
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Old April 2, 2011, 12:32 PM   #8
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If you want to use only one powder, go with Unique. I didn't care too much for it in my 38 Spec., but it is workable...
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Old April 2, 2011, 03:11 PM   #9
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I wouldn't use Unique or Bullseye. If you really like Alliant, use Power Pistol as it is a much better all-around powder.

Hodgdon Universal is also a better powder. Shee'sh, there are lots of better powders.
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Old April 2, 2011, 04:39 PM   #10
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I have to go with the Hodgdon Universal too. I used to use Titegroup only for .357, .38 and .40 but now I use Universal for .357, .38, .40, 9mm, .45 ACP and .45 Colt...
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Old April 2, 2011, 10:31 PM   #11
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Being a many decades reloader, I use Unique and Bullseye because I have a lot of it on hand and know this product well. To anyone else I suggest trying one of the many good ball powders, which all meter very nicely.
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Old April 2, 2011, 11:42 PM   #12
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I have accepted the fact that I would not be a happy reloader with any less than three pistol powders.
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Old April 2, 2011, 11:53 PM   #13
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I use both but use alot more Unique, its so universial and performs great whats not to like about it?
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Old April 3, 2011, 07:07 AM   #14
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Bullseye burns a little cleaner for me, not much but a little. Both are good powders. I like Power Pistol too.
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Old April 3, 2011, 07:29 AM   #15
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If I had to choose one (and I could only have one powder) I would choose Unique, but everyone needs at least one fast, one medium, and one slow pistol powder, at least. If you want to stick with Alliant, then Bullseye, Unique, and 2400 could do most anything well to very well. I would hate to have to make do with just three powders though.

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Old April 3, 2011, 10:12 AM   #16
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I have been using Unique in my 45 auto and see no need to try any thing else. It does what I need it to do. And it meeters fine for me. Infact I am bummed out because I am out of it at the moment and need to use up a pound of blue dot. But blue dot also does what I need it to do, I just want to have one load worked up is the only down side.
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Old April 3, 2011, 09:17 PM   #17
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Luke,
What's your favorite loads using Universal for 38 spl. and 45 Colt ? Also how does Universal compare to Power Pistol ?
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Old April 3, 2011, 10:45 PM   #18
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I only use Unique for .45 Colt and .38/.357 and 12 guage and .380 acp. Makes my life simple.
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Old April 4, 2011, 12:45 AM   #19
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All the load data I use comes directly from the Hodgdon web site. I have not used Power Pistol but have used Longshot for +P .38 Spl loads and H110 for hot .45 Colt loads (Ruger Only).
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Old April 5, 2011, 03:58 AM   #20
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I have used both for .357 & 44mag. Unique is just a dirty powder too shoot. When I get home I always have wash my hands before touching anything and my revolver is very dirty. This is just from my plinking loads.

Bullseye is really clean, has a more sharper thump than Unique. On my 44mag, I'm at 8.5gn for my son and 6.5gn for my loads. Even my wife likes to shoot my 44mag using a 6.5gn load. I'll never change from Bullseye on my plinking loads.

For maximum loads, there's a better powder choice, 300MP, Bluedot, 2400, or H110.

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