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Thread: 10 Grs. Unique. The Universal Cast Boolit Rifle Load?

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    Thinking of doing the same with a 6.5X47 Lapua bench gun. Criterion barrel mounted to a savage PTA. Only have steel plates out to 200 yards at the house. Would be nice to ring the plates without killing the wallet. Mostly informal trigger time. Berger and Nosler CC bullets are expensive. Gun is in parts on the bench, need to get it back up and running.

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    Well my 13 year old son shot his first cast boolits.

    Remington 788 in 30-30 with a Lyman # 311440, 150 flat nose using 10.0 gr of Unique

    He said he loved the smell of it and asked what was that smell, am using White label 50/50 lube.
    Figure I have a winner both in the Son and load.

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    "Figure I have a winner both in the Son and load."

    Yes indeed
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    At LGS and they had some powder on sale. Got an 8lb jug of unique for $170. Not a steal but with powder prices these days I figured it would do. Haven't used unique much lately but I guess I'll be using some now. I've only used it in handguns, maybe time to try some rifle loads too. Guess I need to find a sale on cleaning rags.. (-:}

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    Unique's advantages far outweigh its supposed dirtiness. IMO/E.
    You'll use all 8# eventually!

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    Did an order from Powder Valley on Black Friday (free shipping).

    I knew I wanted 4 jugs total with two jugs of Promo & one jug of Titegroup based on existing loads I want to keep.

    I also wanted a mid range powder. I am cheap, so I was looking at 800X ($126.95), BE-86 ($129.95) & Sport Pistol ($126.95). These are all cost effective and have reports of good performance.

    The 800x eventaully got tossed as it has reports of being about the worst metering of all pistol powders.

    Eventually, BE-86 & Power pistol got tossed due to lack of load data.

    Jug #4 ended up being Unique at $132.95.

    I have never run out since I started realoding in the 70's.

    I trust it to do what I want and there is plenty of both load data and "field test" reports.

    Looks like it will start getting used more regular again.

    Oh and by the way, darn it is nice to go shopping for powder & find all of what I want in stock again.
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    Very late to this thread, but Unique is, how shall I say, unique, but not 10 grains. Here's some information: I know this is an old question, but since I use Unique with cast bullets in several different caliber rifles, I think I can provide some guidelines re how much to use: To wit, in .30cal. rifles with plain base CB's between 140gr. - 180gr., I use 8.5 - 9.0gr. For GCCB's, 12.0gr. - 12.5gr. is extremely accurate with 175gr. - 205gr. boolits. (This includes both my .30-06, 7.62 x 54R, and 8 x 57mm Mau.) For my .243Win. (Ruger #1) with 87gr. CB's, 9.0 - 10.0gr. Unique -> m.o.a. accuracy. Btw, as I only shoot paper, I consider the higher charges to be maximum though by no means dangerously so.


    P.S. 10.0gr. Unique also works very well in the 6.5 x 55mm Swedish Mau. with 130gr. - 140gr. CB's

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    Universal is also a good choice

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    Used to shoot a 405 grain boolit with 10 grains of Unique in the trapdoor. Rainbow trajectory, but pretty nice group at 100 yards.
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    Works in my Marlin 1893 38 55.

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    I am currently using Unique to load my 7MM TCU behind 120 grain cast bullets. I have had good (great) accuracy with 5.2 grains. I am only shooting at 25 yards with both T/C contender 10 and 14 inch barrels and my Savage Axis re-barreled to 7 MM TCU with a Shilen Barrel.

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    NOE clone of the Lyman 266469 out of a 6.5x55 Mauser 98 sporter w/ 4x optics. 10.0gr of Unique hasn't always been the magic in my rifles, but it was magic enough in this one. I will add that is is a very finicky rifle and I'm lucky to get the same accuracy with match grade jacketed bullets.

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    Just acquired a 14 in bull barrel for my G2 Contender in 30-30. Went to range this afternoon with 12 rounds each 7.5 gr. Unique behind 115 gr cast no gas check bullet also 7.9 grains unique behind the same 115 grain bullet. At 25 yds pretty good group, will keep fine tuning my loads for it. Any comments??

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    I use Unique powder in both of my .243 and 30-06 rifles. 10 grains in the 243 and 16 grains in the 30-06.
    Both shooting cast bullets. 243 cast at 101 grains. 30-06 cast at 178 grains.
    Have very good results in both rifles. Just got thru putting 11 rds into a 1 1/2 inch group at 50 yds, while sighting in my 243.
    Da Okie/ Now known as Vearl

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    I use 11gr Unique with 170gr Hornady Interlock jacketed bullets in a 1930 Winchester 30/30 for CLA.
    This load knocks down the 65lb steel rams at 200 yds. with recoil that is about .22lr level.
    For PCCLA my load is 6.5gr Unique with a 240gr Berry's plated bullet, in a Marlin 1894,
    recoil being negligable.
    The wife uses this load successfully at 200 yds. for CLA also.
    Also for CLA, 11.5 gr Unique works well with the 240 gr. Berry's in my .444 Marlin,
    although 12gr of 700-X burns cleaner with the same components and results.
    I also use Winchester LR primers with all these loads and have not found any problems with inconsistent ignition or having to hold the rifle up to position the powder near the primer.
    With 62 year old eyes, I have cleaned the chickens at 50yds in a couple of matches
    and 9 pigs at a 100yds a couple of times, and I'm not the greatest shot due to being
    fat, out of shape with poor eyesight.
    Last edited by J.M.Browning; 03-12-2018 at 11:03 PM. Reason: additional info

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    I discovered that a T/C Lexan blackpowder priming flask throws consistent 10.5 gr charges of Unique AND Red Dot.
    How cool is that?

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    What would you guys think max load for unique and lee 160gr cast boolits gas checked from a marlin 336w

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    Quote Originally Posted by gustavez View Post
    What would you guys think max load for unique and lee 160gr cast boolits gas checked from a marlin 336w
    After several years of putting it off, I finally loaded cast for my old micro-groove 336 (30-30) last week. Mainly working with gas checked 170's but I've had about a dozen gc 140's given to me 5 years ago by a friend that was still working on learning his casting abilities. All of the 140's measured .309 and I was just a bit hesitant to even try them for several years, then after loading/shooting a couple dozen of the 170's I finally got the guts to try the little stash of local cast 140's. I loaded them all with 9 gr of Unique and was pleasantly surprised. Shot the first 5 over the Chrony, off the bench at 50 yards. Those five averaged 1476 fps with an extreme spread of 8 fps. Wow! The next surprise was the group size - 5 shot total was 0.8" .... best 4 was 0.65".
    I had my grandson shoot the remaining few rounds and he still put them all into a 1" group.

    I don't have a real need for a bunny load in the 30-30, but the 9 gr of Unique with the 140 cast are enough reason to find a need

    jd

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texas by God View Post
    I discovered that a T/C Lexan blackpowder priming flask throws consistent 10.5 gr charges of Unique AND Red Dot.
    How cool is that?

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G930A using Tapatalk
    WAY cool.
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    I'll find out I just loaded up 40 rounds for a 30-30 Winchester test 10 rounds each 7-8-9-10 gr unique . Time will tell .

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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