Early Greyish Pistol Powder

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Bryan Austin posted this 16 June 2023

Any idea what this early 1900's smokeless pistol powder is? 

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Clod Hopper posted this 17 June 2023

Put 5 grains in a .44 Super RedHawk and chronograph.  Only way I can think of.  Increase until you get normal velocity, say 800 fps.  Compare to regular loads and velocity.

Dale M. Lock

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RicinYakima posted this 17 June 2023

Went thru Sharp's 1938 book and don't have any help for you. 

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Ken Campbell Iowa posted this 17 June 2023

wonder if it might be Amberite ... " an early grey kernal bulk smokeless " ...  several references on the internet ... even a can for sale on ebay !! ..

but no pics of the powder that i found in 10 minutes of looking.

... interesting ...i used to shoot Sharpshooter, Lightning, and my favorite >>  No. 80 ... when I wuz a kid.

ken

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Bud Hyett posted this 18 June 2023

Fertilizer for the garden or flowerbed. If you have neither, then give to someone who does.

Farm boy from Illinois, living in the magical Pacific Northwest

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Bryan Austin posted this 18 June 2023

Ken, I just remembered it also looks like it could be Laflin & Rand "Marksman" which would be the same as Dupont Gallery #75. I'll have more later but still don't know what it is....hopefully we can find out!

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Bryan Austin posted this 18 June 2023

I also forgot about Laflin & Rands 45 Cal. smokeless. Disregard this powder, it is reported to be of a disc shape.

 

April 1901

 

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Bryan Austin posted this 18 June 2023

 

I found 8.4gr of a greayish smokeless powder inside Winchester's early WRACo. 45 Colt cartridges along with a 255gr lead bullet. Although I can not date the cartridge, it should be pre-1929.

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GregT posted this 19 June 2023

What about one of the old semi-smokeless powders? The picture of the old powder could fit it's description.

Greg T

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Bryan Austin posted this 19 June 2023

What about one of the old semi-smokeless powders? The picture of the old powder could fit it's description.

Greg T

I was thinking maybe SS Fg but can't find any load data to see if it may match the color and 8gr charge

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mrbill2 posted this 19 June 2023

You have a mouse in the house. How did you get him to poop in that jar ?

mrbill2

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Bryan Austin posted this 20 June 2023

To clear, the first photo I posted is the exact same example as shown in the WRACo photo below. This is only an 8.7gr example, no jar, no container etc.

 

pre-1929

255gr lead bullet
Unlike Dupont No. 2 or SR-80, this powder was a light grey color, as if to be more like Gallery or Marksman.

 

1911

250gr lead bullet

RSQ grannular has been described as "egg" shaped rather than ball shaped.

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