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View Poll Results: If you could only have one powder?

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  • H4895

    19 4.36%
  • Bullseye

    26 5.96%
  • Unique

    230 52.75%
  • Varget

    12 2.75%
  • Benchmark

    2 0.46%
  • RL15

    3 0.69%
  • Red Dot

    33 7.57%
  • W 231

    11 2.52%
  • W748

    1 0.23%
  • H335

    4 0.92%
  • Lil'Gun

    0 0%
  • H4350

    5 1.15%
  • RL17

    0 0%
  • Other

    90 20.64%
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Thread: If you could have only one powder?

  1. #21
    Boolit Master GhostHawk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Fargo ND
    I went through exactly this choice some 2.5 to 3 years back.
    Powder was scarse, hard to find anything other than slow rifle powder.

    I did not expect one choice to be the best at everything. But it had to be able to function in every caliber I load for. When the time came to choose Unique, bullseye, etc were not to be found at all. I was able to get quantities of Red Dot at 3 times in the last year.

    It works well in my pistols, from 7.62x25 to .45 acp. Shotguns are a slam dunk.
    And I quickly found that as long as I did not expect it to cycle the action of semi auto rifles. That it would work just fine for light loads. Now mind that a light load of 13 grains of Red Dot behind a 310 grain gas check bullet in a .444 is nothing to mess with.

    My favorite load seems to have settled in at 4.6 grains. It seems to work in everything. .223, .300BO, .357 mag, 7.62x39.

    Sitting on a nice big pile of Red Dot, with lots of primers in the box has me sleeping really well at night.
    I am as ready as I can be for whatever comes.

  2. #22
    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    Dec 2014
    UPSTATE new york
    Unique - proven as stated above repeatedly. However, I reserve to option to change if somebody tosses out good data to make a Garrand cycle properly. I know the FN49 is much more versatile.
    Also, a 3/4 vote for talcum powder.

  3. #23
    Boolit Master

    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    20 mi. W. of Camp Perry
    Thanks alot Joshua,couldn't sleep at all last night trying to decide. Unique (just hope the Garand doesn't mind a little straight pull work).
    "The remedy for evil men is not the abrogation of the rights of law abiding citizens. The remedy for evil men is the gallows." Thomas Jefferson

  4. #24
    Boolit Master davidheart's Avatar
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    Dec 2013
    South US
    So far Unique is the clear winner. It's funny to me because I've never even seen a pound of it on the shelves and I've never tried it out. Bullseye is the only thing close I've been able to get my hands on and I can use it in almost any caliber.
    He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. -Psalm 91:1

  5. #25
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    Dec 2013
    windber, pa
    i really like rel7(444 marlin, 30-40 krag, 45-70) in rifles.
    i want unique for my pistol, 44 mag.

  6. #26
    Boolit Master

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    Jan 2011
    Northern Illinois
    2400 for me
    kids that hunt and fish dont mug old ladies

  7. #27
    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Alliant 20-28 , burns like Unique and meters like Bullseye! Great in the 20 and 28ga and usable in anything Unique is (so far). 10 grains gives about 1250 in my 375Win with a Lee 250 and puts them touching at 50 yards. That would be my "big gun" and 4.5gr does small game in the 32-20. Starting to test in he 45ACP shortly. Would really miss 296 for my 410s thou

    I voted Unique cause I have a bunch and haven't finished working up loads in everything else
    “You don’t practice until you get it right. You practice until you can’t get it wrong.” Jason Elam, All-Pro kicker, Denver Broncos

  8. #28
    Boolit Master
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  9. #29
    Boolit Master
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    Dec 2012
    altoona pa
    Its a toss up between red dot and unique for me

  10. #30

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    Jul 2010
    2,714 contest as it works well with most of my cartridges.

  11. #31
    Boolit Master
    TCFAN's Avatar
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    Feb 2006
    Missouri Ozarks
    Bullseye is my number 1 favorite powder. For me it will work good in everything I load for.Maybe not the best but usable and very low cost per shot.
    If I could have 3 choices it would be Bullseye first and Unique second and 2400 third......Terry

  12. #32
    Boolit Master maxreloader's Avatar
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    Jan 2015
    Southern March 15th, 1820
    Unique then Bullseye then 2400 for me.
    Looking for Ideal molds 419181 (44 Evans Long) and 375167 (38-72)
    "Joined Dates" are deceiving if you factor-in "lurk dates."

  13. #33
    Boolit Master
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    Nov 2014
    700X would be my choice.

  14. #34
    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Unique seems to have the broadest range of application as some of the faster stuff isn't really the best for larger cartridges. LLS

  15. #35

    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    soda springs Id.
    the toss up between red-dot and unique many have teetered between is why I settled for green-dot.
    it's between red-dot and unique.
    it meters well in the Dillon and will load both 12 and 20 gauge.
    it works well at lower amounts for rifle loads without gas checks and fills the case enough to push gas checked boolits to 1800 fps without too much trouble.
    it also will push 44 mag and 45 colt loads to reasonable enough velocity's to be effective hunting tools, and still is fast enough to work in the smaller 9m type cases.

  16. #36
    Boolit Buddy Standing Bear's Avatar
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    Apr 2016
    Texas Hill Country
    Goex real BP. Most of my shooting is w a flintlock and .22. CF pistols get Clays. CF rifles get IMR4895. Uh, wait that's 3. .Oh well.
    Ain't nothin hard of you have the right tools - and know how to use 'em.

  17. #37
    Boolit Master
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    Jul 2013
    barry s wales uk
    2400 gets my vote.

  18. #38
    Boolit Master KYCaster's Avatar
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    Mar 2005
    I can't even imagine life with only one powder.....wouldn't be worth livin'.

    ....So, I suppose any ol' powder will work for that one last ditch round you're saving for yourself!

    Buzzard's luck!! Can't kill nothin', nothin'll die!!

  19. #39
    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    Oct 2014
    4895 for most, unique for some. 700x for shotgun

  20. #40
    Boolit Master yancey's Avatar
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    May 2009
    N.W Georgia
    I have other powders i like better than Unique. If i could have only one powder , Unique would be the powder for me.

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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check