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I was just sitting here reading the loading data in the copy of "Complete Guide to Handloading" by Phillip B. Sharp, that I got at a gun show last year.
It's copyrighted 1937,1941,1949,1952,and 1953.

There is quite a bit of loading data here for the .45 Colt. But the Unique section was what got my attention.
The data listed in this old book is almost identicle to the data listed in the new Alliant and other current loading manuals.
Talk about consistancy.

Here is the Unique data:

BULLET...............POWDER...............BALISTICS
...WT...TYPE.....KIND,.CHARGE....5.5"TB.VEL.PRESSURE

250...Fact.Lead..Unique,..8.0..........850
.."......."......".........".......9.0..........930..............11,600
.."......."......"........."......10.0........1030..............15,000

255.....Ideal....Unique,....9.0..........940..............11,500
..".........."..........."........10.4........1045..............15,000

255...Fact.Lead..Unique,..6.0..........680
.."......."......".........".......7.0..........780................9,000
.."......."......".........".......8.9..........960..............15,000

258....Bond.F....Unique....8.0..........800
..".........."............."........9.0..........890..............11,700
..".........."............."......10.3..........990..............15,000

Notice how the velocitys and pressures are so close to what our current loading manuals are telling us.

I think if I had to choose one pistol powder for my handguns I'd choose Unique.

(Edited by author to put dots in as place holders.)
 

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Interesting your observations.

I look at data I developed over the last quarter century, and it's really remarkable, that even the canisters of "improved" Unique yield such predictable results, even when referencing data I worked up in those bygone years, the performance hasn't changed perceptably at all!

Yes, I use a whole powder magazine full of different powders, but if limited to only a few powders at my disposal, Unique would definitely be in the top three choices.

God Bless,

Marshall
 

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That's an amazing book. My dad has an earlier edition, which I've read. Don't let it go..... lots of history in those pages.
 

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The older reloading manuals are great and the data they contain is often much hotter than the manuals they publish today. I have had great luck getting them on eBay for very reasonable prices.
 
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