Is there a really big difference in the powder loaded in ammo, say from hornady, Winchester... Vs the so called military ammo? Which if either Burman cleaner? Is there a difference in performance? Mainly wondereing if the military ammo Burman "dirtier" than other brand powders.
Interestingly some commercial powders are the same stuff as in the .mil ammo. The military uses WC844 powder in its 5.56 NATO rounds where you or I would only need to obtain some Hodgdon's H335 powder from our supplier to get the same thing. WC844 is available online in big jugs at somewhat lesser prices than H335. The loading data is the same for either powder.
WC846 is also the equivilent of BLC2 powder if you're interested.
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Last edited by Snakedriver; 02-28-2012 at 01:32 PM.
Depends on what your trying to achieve. If you want it to go bang with a 55grn bullet going 3100fps then military type powder works fine. Its cheap. If you want an accurate 69grn bthp load for target shooting i use varget.
I personally think the military powders are a slight bit dirtier than higher quality civilian powders but thats purely a personal perception. Its hard to quantify dirty in a burnt powder.
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Clean or dirty ammunition is directly related to the type of charcoal that is used to make gunpowder. Some types of gunpowder is made from the charcoal of Willow or Dogwood trees, other types of gunpowder is made from other sources such as coal. Different types of charcoal have different amounts of carbon to accelerate the burn rate. Some charcoal is ground into fine grain while others into courser grain. Each country could have a different source of charcoal, and process the charcoal in a different manner; therefore, having different gunpowder burn rates. The cost of processing charcoal plays into the quality. The military may not use high quality charcoal; hence have a dirtier gunpowder burn.
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Sorry, bro- but smokeless powder does not contain charcoal. It is based on nitrocellulose and nitroglycerin for the most part, with assorted additives (including graphite). Willow charcoal IS used for black powder.