Which powders for muzzle flash?


April 8, 2010, 01:54 PM
I'm looking for powders that give off a lot of flash. Mostly for pistol powders. I know Blue Dot does because when I use it for my 10MM Glock it is really pronounced. But does anyone know of powders that are even better for high muzzle flash?

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April 8, 2010, 02:29 PM
For what caliber, 10mm? Blue Dot is about the best, Power Pistol also.

April 8, 2010, 05:17 PM
Yep. Two good ones for muzzle flash for sure.

Claude Clay
April 8, 2010, 05:31 PM
if 'flash' is your goal; rather than velocity or power--
as in wanting to light up the range at dusk or picture taking--
chosse the slowest burning powder for the weight bullet you are reloading with. Lymans' 49 is a start.
perhaps you may wish to cange bullet weight after some expermenting.

me, i went in the other direction--
to minimize flash & smoke with my p-239/40
for night & flash lights shooting.

either way--a goal is to be had

April 8, 2010, 05:42 PM
Power Pistol is a good one. Never noticed just how flashy it was, until I shot inside at a poorly lit range:cool:. Outside shooting, you don't notice a thing.

April 8, 2010, 06:59 PM
Sorry guys. I should have been specific with the caliber I was trying to achieve this with. I was only using my 10MM as an example. What I'm trying to attain this muzzle flash is with a Raging Bull .44 Mag. But I just recently purchased this gun and haven't experimented with many powders yet.

April 8, 2010, 07:02 PM
Have you tried blackpowder yet? Seriously. (although I'm not I would want to clean a double-action afterwards)

April 8, 2010, 10:48 PM
2400 should flash more than Blue Dot because it combusts less efficiently.

April 8, 2010, 11:16 PM
For flash I would say, the shorter the barrel and slowest burning powder the better.
But that's just my guessing.

I shoot the 500 S&W out of a rifle and there is no flash at all. Noise is retarded quite a bit too. But the destructive power is awesome.

April 9, 2010, 12:44 AM
Power pistol is flashy.


April 9, 2010, 12:50 AM
For 44mag I'd try a bunch of H110.

April 9, 2010, 01:37 AM
In the .44 Mag W296/H110 will give the the most flash. At dusk it will put on a light show with a flame close to 1 foot past the barrel.

April 9, 2010, 10:13 AM
How about something even slower than H110, like 1680 or even Rel-7? (I think a duplex load with about 3 or 4 gn of Red Dot with a caseful of black powder on top would be interesting)

April 9, 2010, 10:16 AM
power pistol flashes pretty good out of my 9. 2400 out of my .357 magnum is a retina burner. I might be an idiot but I'm no SOCOM operator and I like a little bit of theatrics sometimes. Hands down best are my Lee 1oz Slugs out of my 12Gauge 870 - 34grains Herco - ka-blammo!

My defense and carry ammo is another story, I use Remington Golden Sabers, low flash and hard hitting

As you can tell I'm an Alliant guy when it comes to reloading

Guy de Loimbard
April 9, 2010, 11:14 AM
WW 296 is good for flash in .357 magnum and in ruger-only .45 Colt loads. 3F blackpowder is even better.

Marlin 45 carbine
April 9, 2010, 12:27 PM
RDot is a relatively low-flash powder.

April 9, 2010, 02:07 PM
For .44 and .357, H110/W296 (same powder) None beats it.

April 9, 2010, 03:34 PM
Thanks guys. I think I'll get some H110 and try that. Appreciate the opinions.:)

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