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#6357665 - 07/04/16 11:18 AM Unique versus Universal - same?
603Country Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 07/03/12
Posts: 5084
Loc: Central Texas
Finally ran out of Unique and couldn't find any. So, I bought what was available, which was Hodgdon Universal. They sit side by side in the Nosler book section on burn rates,,but are they essentially the same?

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#6357726 - 07/04/16 12:29 PM Re: Unique versus Universal - same? [Re: 603Country]
cblackall Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 05/12/16
Posts: 131
Loc: Lewisville, TX
They're going to be really close, and I've heard of a lot of folks using the data interchangeably. I certainly wouldn't recommend that without first working up the load as you would with any new powder. Lot to lot variation itself is a good enough reason to start low, and work up. You might find universal to meter a little better, and be a little cleaner burning as well. I searched high and low for Unique for my .45 Colt, and ended up going to Universal because that's what was available at the time.

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#6358283 - 07/04/16 10:22 PM Re: Unique versus Universal - same? [Re: 603Country]
noylj Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 12/08/10
Posts: 35
No, they are NOT the same and Universal usually uses less powder for the same velocity/pressure

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#6358505 - 07/05/16 08:40 AM Re: Unique versus Universal - same? [Re: 603Country]
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Registered: 07/03/12
Posts: 5084
Loc: Central Texas
Well, I've been reloading for decades, so I really knew the most likely answer to my question. But I admit to hoping that they might be the same powder with different names. But...a little online research tells me that they aren't. Dang it.

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#6358549 - 07/05/16 09:13 AM Re: Unique versus Universal - same? [Re: 603Country]
5 Stand Dan Offline
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Registered: 06/23/12
Posts: 1513
Loc: DFW
Universal is not even the same as it was a year ago. It was made in Australia, now it's made in Canada with a new formula.
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