Granulated Vs. Pellitized Powder

Discussion in 'Blackpowder & Musket' started by lukeisme, Apr 11, 2010.

  1. lukeisme

    lukeisme New Member

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    Why is it that granulated powder seems to produce more recoil then pellitized powder? In my CVA Wolf 50 cal I have always shot Hodgdon tripple 7 50 grain pellets. I have always used 2 pellets bringing the charge to 100 grains. Since I cant hunt with pellitized powder in CO I thought I had better get used to shooting some granulated powder. So I bought Hodgdon Pyrodex RS loaded it up with 100 grains to begin with and wham what a hit in the shoulder. It was as much as my -06. (yes I always make sure everything is seated tight). The next shot i went down to 90 grains, not as bad but still more recoil. I then went down to 80 grains and that was about the same as 100 grains of the pellitized. I am just learning about black powder shooting so please be patient. I also tried both in my Traditions Tracker inline and same basic results. So I can only assume there is some difference in either the power of the powder or the burn rate. Any ideas? I am sure there is someone here who knows a hell'va lot more then I do about this.
     
  2. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Granule powder has more surface area exposed, and burns faster. Low explosives (black powder, or substitute) are deflagrating explosives- meaning it burns, and the spread rate of the flame is slower than the speed of sound. To a degree, you will find similar differences between the grades of real black powder- fG vs fffG, etc. More fff's the finer the powder.
     
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  3. lukeisme

    lukeisme New Member

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    Thank you, I was begining to think no one could clue me in on this one!!!