When getting into reloading, I remember how nervous I was trying to pick out my first powder. I did all the research online to see what most people were using for 9MM and what was available in my area. I read through all my manuals (I had 2 at the time) and compared and contrasted. Finally I settled on IMR 700 at the time. Now I am using Power Pistol.
There was a lot I didn’t understand, even back then. I had to do a lot of internet searches to try to break down how a powder works. I had to understand Burn Rate, different shapes and how they will meter through the powder measure. What I should expect to see and what was too much.
Smokeless Powder is the driving force behind our bullets and the most dangerous part of reloading. Too little and you can get a squib and not know it and blow up your gun. Too much and you will over charge the round and blow up your gun. Just right and the bullet will exit and go down range…..but you could still blow up your gun LOL! I am not trying to talk anyone out of reloading, just know that when dealing with the powder, it is an explosive and it can hurt you.
Our new friends over at Widener’s Reloading and Shooting Supply have come up with an excellent article/guide explaining how smokeless powder works. They go into how it works, what it looks like and they even have a video showing what is meant by Burn Rate and how it effects different powders. I wish I had known about this guide to use as a starting point back then.
Check out Wideners Guide to Smokeless Power and let us know what you think. This is a great beginners tool!