IMR Announces New Powders

2017 IMR Family 1LB LR

IMR Legendary Powders announced a group of new propellants for the coming year. With simple names like Red and Target, the new powders will cover the needs of a range of handgun cartridge and shotshell reloaders.

The five new powders are:

  • IMR Target – fast burning pistol powder with fine grain, small flakes
  • IMR Red – clean burning 12 gauge shotshell powder; also good for reduced power handgun loads such as Cowboy loads
  • IMR Green – another shotshell powder; burns slower than red – good for trap handicap and sporting clays
  • IMR Unequal – small flake powder for a large number of shotshell and pistol loads
  • IMR Blue – slowest burning powder of the new introductions; good for heavy shotshell loads include 10 gauge and 3″/3.5″ 12 gauge

No pricing has been yet announced, but the company expects to start shipping these in January. All of the powders will be available in either 14 ounce or one pound containers. Additionally, four and eight pound containers will be available for all five new propellants.

The company expects to have recipes with the new powder on the Hodgdon Reloading Data Center soon. Hodgdon, if you were not already aware, is the parent company of IMR. Hodgdon purchased IMR more than 10 years ago in 2003. Hodgdon also licenses and produces Winchester’s powder.



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  • Any bets that these are aimed at the old Hercules brands, now produced by Alliant?

    Target = Bullseye
    Red = Red Dot
    Blue = Blue Dot
    Green = Green Dot
    Unequal = Unique

    The irony is that Hercules was created when DuPont’s propellant manufacturing empire was broken up due to anti-trust concerns. DuPont kept their single-base propellants, while Hercules took the double-base formulations. That said, both companies have since left the small arms propellant business, and their former brands are now marketed by other parties.

    • Sunshine_Shooter

      You make a compelling argument.

    • Sam Damiano

      I was thinking the same thing.

    • Tim Pearce

      I hope not. I gave away my bottle of Blue Dot, since even the starting loads were flattening my primers so bad, they looked like they’d turned to a liquid.

    • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

      I hope thats the case simply because Unique is impossible to find right now and IMR powders seem to be everywhere. Plus if I switch from Unique to Unequal I can have all my rifle and pistol handloads use IMR powders.

      • Wow!

        Check out Universal Clays, which should be somewhat like Unique. For all of my sub-calibers aside from magnums, I use Green dot or derivative (Red Dot, Clays, Commerical #1, etc). With pistols there really isn’t any need for load development (as far as sticking to one powder) aside from hitting the desired velocity without passing the pressure limits. I use whatever pistol powder is available, find out my desired load for each, and just swap out powder measures when I change powders.

    • Swarf

      Very interesting!

    • Wow!

      They also basically realized new shooters won’t remember a random number vs something stupid simple like “green dot”.

  • 🐒👊

    It would be interesting to know if there is actually anything “new” about these powders. Are they flash suppressed? Copper fouling agents? Do they have neat technology like Nitrochemie’s Extruded Impregnated EI® “new method of impregnating the powder kernels with burn-controlling compounds, delay the initial pressure spike, allowing a longer, more constant powder burn. This effectively delivered more energy over the powder’s full burn cycle, and the extra energy produced higher velocities than could be attained with conventional powders.” Do these have any of that?

    • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

      I know Hodgdon (IMR) was getting a lot of flack for using a number of powders made by ADI in Australia, which contributed to very long shortages. They responded by saying they were sourcing new/similar powders from propellant manufacturers here in the US and Canada.

      I’d be willing to be that’s what these are. Easier to source, more available powders so we don’t have to wait for the slow boats from Australia.

      • Wow!

        The best would be to return our chemical industry back to the US. Domestic products are going to be way faster than foreign. The only reason foreign is cheaper is because Congress doesn’t do their job by issuing tariffs. More imports than exports is a surefire way to tank your economy, which we saw with the huge inflation over the past couple of decades. And also due to environmentalism, we have way too many regulation on business practices which kill industries. Trump will fix this! MAGA!

        • HSR47

          No, the reason why imports are cheaper for particular products is that we have regulated the manufacture of those products more heavily than other countries.

          If it’s cheaper to make gunpowder in Australia and then ship it halfway across the world, that’s probably not an indication that we need to levy higher taxes, but that we need to roll back regulations and taxes that make domestic powder manufacturing globally noncompetitive.

          • Wow!

            Uh, dude… I said that.

    • Wow!

      It’s producing competition, and is expanding the line of powders available. The performance of a powder is really 100% dependent on the loads you choose to utilize the powder in.

      • 🐒👊

        Please go into detail on your last statement please.

        • Wow!

          It’s load development. If you don’t reload there isn’t any way to explain it without writing a book. Basically certain combinations of caliber, bullet, and primer require different powder burn rates to give consistent pressures that lead to that MOA or sub moa accuracy we strive for.

          • 🐒👊

            I think you should write me that book. You should name it. Piezoelectric transducer studies and firearm pressures. A study in the utilization of old ass pistol powders renamed in a effort to acquire a larger market share from old farts that shoot .45 ACP and .38 Special exclusively.

  • Sickshooter0

    I don’t have the colors “Unequal” and “Target” in my crayon box.

  • atfsux

    The article describes some of these as flake powders, but what about the others? Are they all flake powders? Any of them ball-type?

  • Edeco

    Light Green — a crisp, light bodied, fruity powder for shooting fish and poultry
    Navy — night powder for use in entry-level-priced duty-pistols, responds to loud music calls, drives a Chevy S10.
    Orange — clean, cool burning, austere Protestant powder for use in blunderbusses, arquebusses, wheel-locks, match-locks, petards and snaphaunces.
    Black, Red and Yellow — heavy, complex, costly powder for use in fluted chambers. Not to be available to private US buyers.
    Blue, White, Black and Red — powder for use in guns in leather holsters or with leather shoulder straps.
    Green, White and Red — stylish, unreliable, hot-burning powder, consumes a lot of gun oil.
    Silver — popular, tasteful powder, retains good resale value

    • SPQR9

      Thread winner