[SHOT 2023] New Winchester StaBALL Powders For 2023

Winchester Smokeless Propellants, a member of the Hodgdon family, introduced two new StaBALL powders at SHOT Show 2023 – the  StaBAll Match and  StaBALL HD.

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Hornady's New Locking Customizable Ammo Cabinet

Hornady’s 2023 product releases include the new Ammo Cabinet. It offers organization and secure storage for ammunition and reloading components. The Ammo Cabinet is also compatible with Hornady’s Square Lok accessories.

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New For 2023: Hornady Precision Lab Scale

Hornady has announced a new reloading scale for 2023 with a 0.01-grain readout. The new Precision Lab Scale promises increased accuracy for the discerning reloader, as well as some convenient features for those who are data-obsessed.

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Shooter's World Precision Powder: A Replacement For Varget?

Finding gunpowder has been extremely difficult over the last several years. Many popular options have disappeared entirely. Perennial favorites like Varget have dried up and left many shooters trying to find substitutes. One such option is Shooter’s World Precision, which looks very similar to Varget on paper. So how do these two powders compare?

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GOEX Black Powder Lives On Through Estes Energetics

In the grand scheme of things, rocket motors aren’t too far off from black powder propellants in terms of what both compounds do. Estes Energetics, a newly formed company born from the well-known Estes Industries rocket motor company, has made plans to continue the legacy that the GOEX has built by acquiring the company from Hodgdon. Back in September of 2021, Hodgdon made the decision to shut down the GOEX production facility which was a disappointment to both black powder shooters and general gun owners alike. Thankfully, the small model rocket motor company has not only picked up the GOEX line but has created an entirely new company around it.

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RCBS Introduces The ChargeMaster Link Electronic Powder Dispenser

The RCBS ChargeMaster line of powder measures is the top of the line when it comes to reloading equipment. With a grain measuring resolution of 0.1 grains and a 2000 grain capacity, the new Bluetooth compatible RCBS ChargeMaster Link is the latest addition to the ChargeMaster lineup. RCBS has recently released the full details of this new powder measure and is now taking preorders that will begin to ship in late August.

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Vihtavuori N568 – New High-Energy Rifle Powder

Nammo Vihtavuori Oy – a company most reloaders know about but almost no one can pronounce. They have now launched their new rifle powder called N568, with an aim to attract long-range shooters and hunters. The Vihtavuori N568 is said to be insensitive to humidity changes and exceptionally consistent regardless of the temperature, important features for any reloader.

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Wisdom from Vihtavuori: Powder Moisture Content

Vihtavuori has published a very interesting article telling about the moisture percentage in the powders and its influence in the burn rate, pressure and velocity. They have tested the same powder with different moisture levels and recorded the difference between the two. This little study really well demonstrates how moisture in powder can affect the performance of the cartridge. Without further ado, let’s read the Vihtavuori article ( quoted from the company’s website):

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Triple Seven FireStar: New Muzzleloading Propellant from Hodgdon

Ahead of the annual industry trade show, Hodgdon Powder Company announced a new propellant for muzzleloaders. Called the Triple Seven FireStar, the pelletized powder promises higher velocity and less residue.

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New Enduron Powder: IMR 8133

IMR recently announced an addition to its Enduron line of powders. The new powder is the IMR 8133. The 8133 is the fifth powder offering in the Enduron line.

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IMR Announces New Powders

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.

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Alliant Powder Now Shipping Reloader 16 Rifle Powder

Alliant Powder announced the company is now shipping its newest rifle powder: Reloader 16. According to the company, one of the chief characteristics of interest about this powder is its ability to deliver consistent accuracy on long range targets across a wide range of temperatures. In this way, the powder is said to be like Reloader 23 and AR Comp, two other powders offered by the company.

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ALLIANT POWDER Introduces BLUE MZ Pellets for Muzzleloaders

When it comes to muzzleloading, we are all looking for ways to make this primitive means of hunting more modern and convenient. One great convenience muzzleloaders use is pre-formed powder pellets. As opposed to pouring traditional powder, pre-formed charges are easier to carry into the field and are less bulky for the hunt. Alliant Powder is looking to get into this portion of the market with their new “Blue MZ” pellets.

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An Artist who "PAINTS" with GUNPOWDER. Originals cost $1,000.

While many equate the burning of gunpowder with the crack of a contained explosion, those familiar with its chemical properties known that burning it unconstrained typically creates on a brief flash and fire. Taking advantage of this is Wyoming artist Danny Shervin, who started experimenting with it at college in Montana.

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Muzzleloader PSA

This Youtube clip was published in 2011 but it shows some very serious safety precautions to be taken when using muzzleloaders. The shooter has an inline muzzleloader, but left his powder charge open on the table, directly underneath the rifle as it was being fired. As soon as the round fired, the entire charge ignites and engulfs him in a ball of fire. It appears that he turned out okay afterwards, but I’m sure he’ll be wearing eye protection next time, and take better care of his powder containers in the future. I’ve only had significant experience shooting traditional percussion muzzleloaders at a summer camp in New Mexico and don’t recall safety warnings about this kind of thing happening. But should I get into the sport or be around a muzzleloader, I’ve certainly learned a valuable lesson from this video. I imagine the argument could be made that this could happen alot easier with some of the older powders where you actually pour them down the muzzle, and not with the newer, inline powder pellets. However it doesn’t seem to matter, as black powder is very flammable and must be treated properly and responsibly when being used on the range. Keep your powder covered folks!

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