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BSA70
05-30-2014, 09:47
Just got a call. I can get 7 lbs of unique pistol powder for $100. Does this sound like a deal? I don't know anything about unique, I have only used ramshot zip......

Taterhead
05-30-2014, 09:56
I'd take it for sure if you're loading pistol ammo. It will work in most hand guns. Better hurry before it is gone!

Colorado4Wheel
05-30-2014, 11:47
Gee, Your looking for a DEAL. Just buy any pistol powder you can buy. Unique is a EASY powder to load in most cartridges. Couldn't be more universal.

fredj338
05-30-2014, 12:12
Just got a call. I can get 7 lbs of unique pistol powder for $100. Does this sound like a deal? I don't know anything about unique, I have only used ramshot zip......

You bet, hell of a deal today or in 2012! Less than $15/#, yep, buy it all. If it is an unsealed 8#, pass unless you know & trust the seller.

attrapereves
05-30-2014, 14:34
Good deal. 8lb containers of pistol powder are usually around $130-150.

breacher1
05-30-2014, 14:56
I just bought 2 lbs of Unique at the local Sportsmans Warehouse for $20. per lb. and was real happy with that. They got 10 or 12 lbs in at 9am when they opened and it was all gone in about 90 min.

BSA70
05-30-2014, 14:58
You bet, hell of a deal today or in 2012! Less than $15/#, yep, buy it all. If it is an unsealed 8#, pass unless you know & trust the seller.


I'm hoping its in individual 1 pound containers. If it is unsealed, what should I look for. I don't think the guy is dishonest but may plead ignorant.

Can powder age out?

If it is unsealed, and have an agreement to try. If it seems to work ok with the reloads, should all the powder be ok?
Thanks Brian

attrapereves
05-30-2014, 16:18
I'm hoping its in individual 1 pound containers. If it is unsealed, what should I look for. I don't think the guy is dishonest but may plead ignorant.

Can powder age out?

If it is unsealed, and have an agreement to try. If it seems to work ok with the reloads, should all the powder be ok?
Thanks Brian

Powder can eventually wear out, but it takes a long time. The most damaging thing to gun powder is moisture.

PhantomF4E
05-30-2014, 17:30
Do it !

fredj338
05-30-2014, 17:51
I'm hoping its in individual 1 pound containers. If it is unsealed, what should I look for. I don't think the guy is dishonest but may plead ignorant.

Can powder age out?

If it is unsealed, and have an agreement to try. If it seems to work ok with the reloads, should all the powder be ok?
Thanks Brian

I worry less about powder degrading than some boob putting the wrong powder back into the jug. Putting 5-6oz of say Bullseye into the Unique would not be a good thing. Powder stored lid on, low temps, can last for decades.
I bought some IMR4831 from a gunshop going out of bus here. It was in the old metal cans, light rust on top, but still sealed. For $5/1# can, figure I couldn't lose, bought 4 cans. I tested one can against a new lot I had. Chrono readings were identical. That powder had to be at least 15yrs old.

SJ 40
05-30-2014, 18:11
If I could only have one powder it would be Unique.
If you figure 20.00 per pound,a real bargain in these time you are buying 5 lbs. and getting two lbs. for free. SJ 40

uzimon
05-31-2014, 06:00
Gee, Your looking for a DEAL. Just buy any pistol powder you can buy. Unique is a EASY powder to load in most cartridges. Couldn't be more universal.

Dosent flow through all powder measures reliably though.
Redneck engineering may be required:cool:

breacher1
05-31-2014, 09:50
If I could only have one powder it would be Unique.
If you figure 20.00 per pound,a real bargain in these time you are buying 5 lbs. and getting two lbs. for free. SJ 40

Why do so many people always say that? I remember hearing that back around 1982 when I first dabbled in reloading for pistol with Unique. Of course back then there probably weren't as many powders to choose from as now (when there's no weird panic). If I could only have one powder I can think of quite a few that meter better and are probably cleaner. At least Unique is a little cheaper than many other brands.

Michael Rye
05-31-2014, 09:56
I would pounce on that! In my neck of the woods pistol powder is still non-existent. Primers we got, powder not so much.

Jimmy10mm
05-31-2014, 12:09
I would jump on that like a kangaroo. My favorite powder period, and can't get an ounce of it down my way.

SJ 40
05-31-2014, 14:36
Why do so many people always say that? I remember hearing that back around 1982 when I first dabbled in reloading for pistol with Unique. Of course back then there probably weren't as many powders to choose from as now (when there's no weird panic). If I could only have one powder I can think of quite a few that meter better and are probably cleaner. At least Unique is a little cheaper than many other brands.The reason I say it is because that powder that is in that can labeled Unique,I can reload pistol,rifle and shotgun with it. SJ 40

robertrwalsh
05-31-2014, 16:53
In a word, YES.

sigman69
05-31-2014, 20:18
Buy it...none of the gun stores or cabelas have any handgun powder available here.

bcowen22001
05-31-2014, 20:45
Don't ***** about the $ in todays market with powder. its a sellers market they can get what they want. Factory ammo is more plentiful now than raw powder.

Angry Fist
05-31-2014, 20:49
If you don't want it, I'll give you $120!

jmorris
05-31-2014, 21:51
Can powder age out?

I have used powder that is at least 30 years old, likely some much older than that.

Stored properly it will last a very, very long time.

poodleplumber
06-02-2014, 10:54
I payed $28 for 1 pound last week.

Trebore
06-02-2014, 14:33
No, don't bother. Let me know where to get so that I can test it out to make sure it is good to use!

In all seriousness the last 8# jug I bought over two years ago was $130 and that was a bargain. Unique will work for both rifle and pistol. You may have to search for the data but it is out there. If you load light, make sure to check for double charges! It can happen if you are not filling the case and Unique does not fill the case. Buy it, shoot it and enjoy! :wow:

PCJim
06-02-2014, 15:52
Powder can last for years, and can also deteriorate in less than 2. I had some Unique bought locally that went bad within 2 years of purchase. Granted, I was storing powder in a S FL garage at that time. It seemed fine in 38spl lead loads, but when loaded under FMJs in 9mm it wouldn't cycle the slide. It took me a couple of days but I figured it out. Interestingly, the other powders stored side by side with it were still OK.

JDL47
06-02-2014, 20:34
I've used Unique since 1964 and I hope I'm never without it. My first 4# keg cost $9.99!:wow:

Ceapea
06-02-2014, 20:56
Wow. I haven't looked at the price of Unique and/or Bullseye in about a year and a half. Back then, I bought two 8 pound jugs of each. Unique was $102.50 and B.E. was $107.

Is Unique really going for >$120 for 8lb. jugs?