reloading powder

gun powder [smokeless powder]

Smokeless powder may be the most important component for any shooter who is reloading ammo and it’s probably the most complicated as well. With different characteristics and a ton of variables, gunpowder needs to be fully understood before you attempt to reload ammunition.

This guide will take you through the basics of smokeless gunpowder, show how all smokeless powder is not the same and demonstrate how the different characteristics of powder can make your reloads more effective depending upon your intended purpose. Don’t want to read the whole thing? No problem, use the quick links below to jump to whatever section you like.

When you start looking for  gunpowder, one of the first things you’ll probably notice is that there are three companies who distribute the majority of powder throughout the country. There are other distributors and brands operating under different names, but if you purchase powder, there is a very strong chance it came through one of the following three companies.

ALLIANT POWDER

The history of Alliant Powder dates back to 1872, when they were known as Laflin & Rand. They later became the Hercules Powder Company, which was one of the most respected and trusted names in ammunition at the time. Their products included items for rifle, shotgun, and handgun cartridges as well as muzzleloading applications.

Today, Alliant provides many different powders that can be used for different purposes. They are a member of Vista Outdoor Inc., a global company that oversees numerous brands including Federal Premium Ammunition, Blazer, Bushnell, and Speer.

Hodgdon Powder

Hodgdon Powder is arguably the most successful powder company in the U.S.A. Founder Bruce Hodgdon purchased 50,000 pounds of surplus gunpowder after World War II and began selling to other gunowners who were interested in reloading. The Hodgdon company now provides a wide

Western Powders

Focusing primarily on powders for outdoor sports, especially big-game hunting, Western Powders is a brand that provides excellent products as well as reloading data, shooting accessories, and gun care supplies. Based out of Montana, it has been a leading powder distributor since 1972.

Their powder brands include Ramshot, which offers a full range of powders for hunting and marksmanship, Accurate, which is focused on shooting precision, and Blackhorn 209, which creates low-residue powder for muzzleloading. Range of smokeless and muzzleloading powders. Even the product that started the company, known as H4895, is still produced and sold. Based in Kansas, Hodgdon regularly creates innovative and technologically-advanced powders that meet the needs of many different shooters and reloaders.

 

  • 2400 4lbs – Alliant Powder

    Allinat Powder 2400

    SPECIAL ORDER

    4LB

    2400 Smokeless Pistol Powder is legendary for its performance in .44 magnum and other magnum pistol loads. Originally developed for the .22 Hornet, it is also the shooter’s choice for .410 bore and performs well in the 218 Bee. Grain shape is flake.

    WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals which are known to the the state of California cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. for more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov

  • 2460 1lb – Accurate Powder

    Accurate #2460

    Accurate Powders is a company that definitely lives up to its name. The complete line of smokeless powders for handguns, rifles, and shotguns is engineered and lab-tested to maximize the precision and performance . Accurate uses the best ballistic technicians and the highest quality components together to assure that every gun is better served with Accurate Powders.

  • 2495 1lb – Accurate Powder

    Accurate #2495

    Accurate Powders is a company that definitely lives up to its name. The complete line of smokeless powders for handguns, rifles, and shotguns is engineered and lab-tested to maximize the precision and performance . Accurate uses the best ballistic technicians and the highest quality components together to assure that every gun is better served with Accurate Powders

    Accurate2495 is a single-base, extruded rifle powder that was developed for the 308 Win and can be used over a wide range of rifle calibers. It is a very popular powder for 308 Win. NRA High Power shooting disciplines, as well as heavy bullet 223 Rem target applications. 2495 is a versatile powder with excellent ignition characteristics that provides excellent shot-to-shot consistency.

    1 lb.

    WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals which are known by the state of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to-www.P65Warning.ca.gov

  • 2520 1lb – Accurate Powder

    Accurate #2520

    Accurate Powders is a company that definitely lives up to its name. The complete line of smokeless powders for handguns, rifles, and shotguns is engineered and lab-tested to maximize the precision and performance. Accurate uses the best ballistic technicians and the highest quality components together to assure that every gun is better served with Accurate Powders.

    Accurate 2520 is a medium burning, double-base, spherical rifle propellant designed around the 308 Winchester. 2520 is a common Camp Perry powder and is extremely popular with many service shooters. 2520 also performs extremely well in 223 Remington with heavy match bullets (62 to 80 grain). This versatile powder has superb flow characteristics and is well within the threshold limit for the M14 systems.

    1 lb.

    WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals which are known by the state of california to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproducive harm. For more information go to-wwwP65Warnings.ca.gov

  • 2700 1lb – Accurate Powder

    Accurate #2700

    Accurate Powders is a company that definitely lives up to its name. The complete line of smokeless powders for handguns, rifles, and shotguns is engineered and lab-tested to maximize the precision and performance. Accurate uses the best ballistic technicians and the highest quality components together to assure that every gun is better served with Accurate Powders

    Accurate 2700 is a medium burning, double-base, spherical rifle powder that is ideally suited for the 30-06 Springfield and other medium capacity calibers such as the 22-250 Remington, 220 Swift, and the 243 Winchester. 2700 provides excellent velocities and performance in the Winchester Super Short Magnum cartridges.

    1 lb.

    WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals which are known by the state of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to- www.P65Warnings.ca.gov

  • 4000-MR 1lb – Alliant Powder

    Alliant Powder 4000-MR

    1LB

    American-made powder designed for magnum rifle calibers, Alliant Power Pro 4000-MR Powder has become a preferred choice. Because this powder produces better velocity and density, it is easier to meter. To ensure superior performance for .300 Winchester Magnum and 7mm cartridges, the powder undergoes extensive testing in a ballistics laboratory.

     

    WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals which are known by the state of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproduction harm. For information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.

  • 4350 1lb – Accurate Powder

    Accurate #4350

    Accurate Powders is a company that definitely lives up to its name. The complete line of smokeless powders for handguns, rifles, and shotguns is engineered and lab-tested to maximize the precision and performance. Accurate uses the best ballistic technicians and the highest quality components together to assure that every gun is better served with Accurate Powders

    Accurate 4350 is a short cut, single-base, extruded rifle powder in the extremely popular 4350 burn range. A highly versatile powder, 4350 can be used in a wide range of cartridges from the popular 243 Win to the 338 Win Mag with excellent results. Accurate 4350 is an exceptional choice for the 6mm Rem, 270 Win, 280 Rem and 300 WSM. This short cut extruded powder meters accurately, resulting in excellent shot-to-shot consistency.

    1 lb.

    WARNINGS: This product can expose you to chemicals which are known by the state of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to-www.P65Warnings.ca.gov

  • 700-X 4lb. – Hodgdon Powder

    SPECIAL ORDER

    Hodgdon Powder offers the largest selection of quality smokeless propellants for any reloading application. Previously an IMR powder now offered in the Hodgdon label, This extruded flake powder is ideally suited for shotshells in 12 and 16 gauge where clay target and light field loads are the norm. It doubles as an excellent pistol target powder for such cartridges as the 38 Special and 45 ACP and many more. Important Information: Do not exceed the loads displayed in the reloaders guide.

  • Accurate Powder – TCM 1lb

    Accurate TCM

    Accurate Powders is a company that definitely lives up to its name. The complete line of smokeless powders for handguns, rifles, and shotguns is engineered and lab-tested to maximize the precision and performance. Accurate uses the best ballistic technicians and the highest quality components together to assure that every gun is better served with Accurate Powders.

    No. 11FS is intended for full-power loads in magnum handguns and smaller capacity rifle cartridges. This double-base spherical propellant was developed with an eye toward personal defense and incorporates a flash-suppressant that substantially reduces muzzle signature in low light conditions. In the .300 Blackout, No. 11FS is capable of extremely high velocities with lighter bullets, making it the best propellant choice for shooters looking to maximize downrange performance.

    1 lb.

    WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals which are known by the state of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to- www.P65Warnings.ca.gov

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