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Powder mystery -- older Unique #8458913 11/25/21 04:06 PM
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Good morning gents. I was given this Alliant / Unique powder. Its nearly full and was opened at some point. Not a strong odor to it like newer powder. Does anyone know the part #, application/use and age? Thinking shotgun powder.

Thanks for any insight.

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Re: Powder mystery -- older Unique [Re: 71Rcode] #8458950 11/25/21 04:51 PM
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I’m not sure but I wouldn’t even consider using an unknown powder in anything I own. That’s a disaster waiting to happen in the worst way. I’ve heard of numerous guns blown up this year from hand me down powders or stuff that’s been sitting around in Pa Pa’s closet from 1972 that had god knows what dumped in the jug.

Re: Powder mystery -- older Unique [Re: 71Rcode] #8458951 11/25/21 04:51 PM
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It’s not that old like 2000’s I’d load it without any concern

If you are scared of it I’d take it off your hands

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Re: Powder mystery -- older Unique [Re: 71Rcode] #8459090 11/25/21 07:09 PM
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Works great for 45 Colt standard loads.

Not hot loads. It tends to spike when pushed.

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Re: Powder mystery -- older Unique [Re: 71Rcode] #8459105 11/25/21 07:38 PM
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Probably one of the most versatile pistol powders out there. Can be used in almost any pistol, long a standard for 38 special, and there is even load data for up to 44 mag. Lots of folks use it in 9mm and .40S&W too. There are shotgun applications too.


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Re: Powder mystery -- older Unique [Re: 71Rcode] #8459137 11/25/21 08:39 PM
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Awesome thanks guys. Just for clarification is it a specific Unique part number?


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Re: Powder mystery -- older Unique [Re: 71Rcode] #8459212 11/25/21 11:15 PM
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Unique is the exact name of the powder. There is only one although they have slightly changed the formulation over the years to make it burn cleaner. They have however kept the burn rate and energy the same so old load data is still valid.


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Re: Powder mystery -- older Unique [Re: 71Rcode] #8459233 11/25/21 11:58 PM
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Should have a date on the bottom of the jug. Should smell like solvent.

Re: Powder mystery -- older Unique [Re: 71Rcode] #8459247 11/26/21 12:26 AM
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Got it. Unique is the brand and the type/part number. Thanks for the info guys. Date on the bottom of the jug is slightly cut off. Looks like Jan 2007. Also looks like this powder has been around for years and has lots of applications.

It has little odor.


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Re: Powder mystery -- older Unique [Re: 71Rcode] #8459253 11/26/21 12:39 AM
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unique is a good 20ga and 28 ga powder and many pistol aplications very similar to universal clays

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Unique is just one of many powders from Alliant. It has been around for years and the later powder but do not remember when is much cleaner burning than the old formulation but like said above the energy and burn rate are the same as before just a bit cleaner burning. Very versatile powder.

https://www.alliantpowder.com/products/powder/unique.aspx


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Re: Powder mystery -- older Unique [Re: 71Rcode] #8459377 11/26/21 03:12 AM
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Appreciate it guys!


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Re: Powder mystery -- older Unique [Re: 71Rcode] #8459486 11/26/21 12:04 PM
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Can be used for smaller shotguns but works best for pistol. It doesn't do anything great but does a lot of stuff pretty well.


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Re: Powder mystery -- older Unique [Re: 71Rcode] #8459593 11/26/21 02:46 PM
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71 Rcode, did you ever find a date on the bottle? I have a can of Unique with paper sides and metal top and bottom that I bought somewhere around the late '70s or early '80s. It has "UN 321" stamped on the bottom, but if that's a date, I can't figure it out. Could be a lot number.

Re: Powder mystery -- older Unique [Re: 71Rcode] #8460339 11/27/21 09:17 PM
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Thanks again guys. Papa, the date on the bottom of the jug is slightly cut off. Looks like Jan 2007.


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