The Hodgdon Powder Company announced it would introduce a new powder in 2017. This new spherical powder is called CFE BLK, and it was specifically designed for the 300 BLK cartridge.
This powder is part of the company’s CFE line. CFE stands for Copper Fouling Eraser because it helps reduce copper residue in the barrel when used. Other powders in this line include the original CFE 223 and the more recently introduced CFE Pistol.
For the 300 BLK, the company states the powder runs supersonic and subsonic cartridges reliably in the AR platform. Additionally, Hodgdon states that CFE BLK works very well in other rifle cartridges with relatively small case capacities. For this reason, the powder is said to work well for the .218 Bee, .17 Hornet, .221 Fireball and similar cartridges. The company also states the powder performs admirably in 7.62×39 and 6.8 SPC loads.
According to the company, the powder meters exceptionally well which should allow for consistent powder charges.
Hodgdon says the powder should begin shipping in January with load data becoming available some time in December. The powder will be sold in the standard one and eight pound containers.
For those of you loading for the 300 BLK, what powder(s) are you using? Have you tried any of the company’s CFE powders? Do you see a reduction of fouling in the barrel?