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Old 07-03-2017, 01:15 AM
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What would be the best powder for my .45 Colt Mountain Gun?

I) Unique?
II) Titegroup?
III) Clays?

Something else? Primarily, I'll use the rounds as range ammo. Punching holes in paper. Been using Titegroup for awhile. Haven't really branched out from that though.
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Old 07-03-2017, 01:41 AM
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Being bulkier, Unique will fill the case better &, depending on the charge's weight, will reduce the likelihood of having a double-charge.

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Old 07-03-2017, 02:57 AM
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Clays by Hodgdon powder is not position sensitive. So it won't have hang-fires! Depending on the bullet, a target load will be in the 5 to 7 grain area. Winchester 231 (HP-38 is the same powder) is another good 45 Colt powder and charges will be in the 6 to 8 grain area.

I have used bot of these and Unique and prefer both over Unique.

Don't let the price per pound of powder sway you. There are 7000 grains to the pound, so you get around 1000 rounds per powder, plus or minus 100 won't change your costs to make a difference in the economy of target shooting! (So if you like Tite-Group, stick with it!)

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Old 07-03-2017, 08:49 AM
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Just for paper punching I would skip the unique . I'm not a fan of unique in the 45 Colt anyway so either of the other two you asked about would be fine . I have never used the other 2 you listed in the 45 Colt . I have used titegroup in 9mm and 38spl with good results so using it in the 45 colt would probably be my choice .
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For some reason, the most accurate handloads in my .45 Colt Mointain Gun were made with 800X. Unfortunately, it does not meter well through any powder measure. If you don't want to weigh charges, and I couldn't blame you if you didn't, you might consider 231, or HS6 heavier loads.
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Old 07-03-2017, 09:23 AM
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Unique is my favorite powder in the 45 Colt. I don't load target ammo for it, but full power, or close to it.

Same for 45 ACP.
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I prefer Unique.
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Try a 250/255 grain lead bullet with 8.0grs of Unique.

BE-86 is a good alternative to Unique in 45 Colt.
I use the same 8.0grs with a 250gr RNFP bullet.
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Laser-Cast 255SWC and 9.0 grains of Power Pistol
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Old 07-03-2017, 11:18 AM
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I have used all three in my 45colt Mt.gun. I bought the Colt as it was slightly lighter and handier for all day, everyday carry. I found the 45 better suited for low to midrange loadings say 800 to 950 fps than the same in 44. For myself, Unique feels more like a blackpowder shove than the snap of the other two powders. This is why in these large volume cases I have settled on Unique. Always availabe, always consistent, and a margin of safety.
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Went to Hodgdon's data website and besides Titegroup, it's all Clays. Has anyone used Clays?
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Try AA9 with cast bullets.
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Old 07-04-2017, 06:37 AM
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For plinking/informal target shooting I use either Trailboss or Red Dot with a 200 grain RNFP sitting on top.
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Old 07-04-2017, 07:06 AM
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For mild paper punching loads, the list of suitable powders is longer than my arm , and all have people who swear by them .

If you wanted loads of 250/255gr, to approach 1,000fps , while under a particular pressure threshold, that would be a more focused discussion.
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Old 07-04-2017, 07:21 AM
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Went to Hodgdon's data website and besides Titegroup, it's all Clays. Has anyone used Clays?
Yes and Clays does seem to work fine. I can't explain why, but I prefer TiteGroup, Trail Boss, and Red Dot over Clays.
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Unique. No doubt.
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Old 07-04-2017, 11:53 AM
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Unique. I've tried accurate 5 and power pistol but coming back to the old tried and true unique.
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Old 07-05-2017, 11:36 AM
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My everyday " go to powder " in the 45 Colt is Winchester Super Field . I quit unique years ago and won't go back . My brother in law switched to Ramshot Zip yrs ago and wouldn't even consider going back to unique either . We use 255 gr cast bullets .
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I use Unique with lead, partly because I am working off an 8 pounder of the stuff. More specialized for your target shooting would be Trailboss, Tin Star, and the like that do a good job of filling the case more like black powder. For jacketed I use Power Pistol, because that is what Hornady says gave them the best results.
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I used to use a lot of W231 until I tried HS-6. Now that's all I use. I will be trying W572 soon and I can also recommend AA#5.

There are probably two dozen powders that will work well from Clays to Power Pistol with Red Dot and Unique in between.
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I am not a TG fan for anything but depends on your use. If you want mild to wild, Unique would be my choice of those three. For light target loads I actually prefer RedDot. I shot #s of it in my CAS days. It fills the case better than TG, not as finicky as Clays at the top end.
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Unique seems to be the gunpowder that everyone loves to hate. Several years ago, Alliant released the 'new Unique' which they claim burns more cleanly than before. In my experience, it is a bit more energenic than the old Unique. After trying Blue Dot, HS6, and several others, Unique is still my favorite for standard 45 Colt loads. I use 8.5 grains with a 250 to 255 grain bullet.
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When I used to do CAS I used a lot of Trail Boss. It filled up the case more and was easier to see in the case before seating the bullet..
I will say I only used it for the lighter 45 cal. bullets..
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What would be the best powder for my .45 Colt Mountain Gun?

I) Unique?
II) Titegroup?
III) Clays?

Something else? Primarily, I'll use the rounds as range ammo. Punching holes in paper. Been using Titegroup for awhile. Haven't really branched out from that though.
Of the three powders you list, the only one I have any familiarity with is Unique, and it has been very popular for many years (since about 1900) with .45 Colt shooters. I am something of a traditionalist, and I tend to stick with the old "tried and true", so out of the three I would recommend Unique.

Having said that, though, Unique is not my personal "go to" powder for pistols and revolvers. For me, the first choice is always Bullseye. Need more velocity? Then move up to Unique. Want more "oomph" than that? Well, that's where Blue Dot and 2400 come into play.

Honestly, my recommendation would be to load up a series of test cartridges with each of the three powders you listed, starting low and working up, and see which gives the most joy.
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What I don't like about titegroup is that it is so dense that just a couple of flakes and that's your load, by weight . Not hardly any powder in the case. For target loads , Red Dot would be my choice . Red Dot is not so dense so it fills the case better . 6.0-6.5 grs works well with a 255 gr cast / plated bullet . You can load lighter , that was the sweet spot for me . It's been used for target loads in revolvers for many a year.

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Would it not be prudent to determine what the performance goal is when considering the powder? I'd assume that with the paper punching as a goal, the "standard" (250-255 grain) bullet weight at roughly 900 fps would be ample. The next piece to me would be deciding the bullet configuration (I'm a reactionary and would use SWC about all the time in that caliber and especially for that purpose). BTW, such a load would also do darned near anything you needed for personal defense whether the predator is two legged or four.
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