BLC BLC-2 whats the difference


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jeeptim
December 15, 2011, 12:59 AM
I have 1lb of unopened old BLC is it the same as blc-2?

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Kevin Rohrer
December 15, 2011, 11:32 AM
The simple answer is, "No".

From Wikipedia:

In 1947, Bruce E. Hodgdon began acquisition of 80 tons of spherical powder salvaged from disassembled .303 British military rifle cartridges manufactured in the United States. By 1949, he was marketing the powder as BL type C. The C was to indicate the powder burned "cooler" than traditional Improved Military Rifle (IMR) powders...

All of the surplus BL type C had been sold by 1961. Olin Corporation had manufactured the powder as 846, and continued production for loading 7.62x51mm NATO cartridges.[1] Hodgdon began marketing post-war production as spherical BL-C lot no. 2, or BL-C(2).

If you have access to a copy of Propellent Profiles, or the issue of Handloader magazine that has that Profile in it, there may be more information. I remember reading it not long ago, but don't recall the issue.

The can may be worth something to a collector.

esheato
December 15, 2011, 11:40 AM
I have Propellant Profiles (5th ed., covering 1966-2008) and it doesn't have BL type C.

Kevin Rohrer
December 15, 2011, 08:54 PM
Escheato: does it have a page on BLC-2? If so, it should mention the original powder.

esheato
December 15, 2011, 09:16 PM
Yeah, it mentions it but doesn't tell me anything you haven't already said.

ArchAngelCD
December 17, 2011, 12:43 AM
Very good post Kevin Rohrer.

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