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Old July 22, 2016, 09:52 AM   #1
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Scented Gun Powders. Is it possible?

I've always found it interesting how different powders smell after firing. Some, specifically from shotgunning, I have fond memories attached to. Some smell terrible (Russian stuff typically).

I've always thought it would neat if the powder manufacturers would release limited edition powders with scents (if it's even possible). I don't know what chemicals could survive the firing process of a firearm. Vanilla, berry, pineapple, banana. Maybe something seasonal for Christmas. Pumpkin spice latte. Coffee might be nice.

Any chemists here who could comment on the feasibility?
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Old July 22, 2016, 10:10 AM   #2
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I'm sure it is possible. It is probably not worth the development expense for the minimal return on investment.
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Old July 22, 2016, 10:10 AM   #3
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Changing the make up of the powder by adding an inert ingredient will change the burn rate and probably other characteristics of the powder. Probably not a good idea but I wouldn't mind W231 smelling like bacon or licorice lol.
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Old July 22, 2016, 10:23 AM   #4
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Custom aromas for the actual gunpowder? Not likely.

A scented filler might could be done.
There has been some work with granular fillers over loads that do not fill the case. I prefer to avoid fillers but they can be managed.
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Old July 22, 2016, 10:48 AM   #5
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Or you could just carry a can of Glade in your range bag.
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Old July 22, 2016, 12:19 PM   #6
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So I'm assuming you'll be using seasoned shot with these good smelling shells? http://www.seasonshot.com/How.cfm
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Old July 22, 2016, 01:03 PM   #7
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Old July 22, 2016, 01:04 PM   #8
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I've been wondering if I can get some cologne that smells like burnt gunpowder. I think there's a candle that smells like spent brass.
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Old July 22, 2016, 01:40 PM   #9
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What do you mean? They already have custom smelling gun powders. You've got "Yellowstone Hot Pot" by Pyrodex, "Dirty kitty litter box" by Trailboss and "Ode to rusting metal" by 300 MP.
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Old July 22, 2016, 01:42 PM   #10
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Oh Yeah! Bacon scented gun smoke! What a treat! What about some Maker's Mark scented powder for us old guys? Or if someone made apple scented powder for deer hunting to attract more deer? Or slop scented for attracting hogs? The list is endless...
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Old July 22, 2016, 02:05 PM   #11
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I also remember certain odors form many many years ago when first hunting. They bring back many memories, as for scented powder-not interested.
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Old July 22, 2016, 02:14 PM   #12
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if they can make drifting tires aromatic, im sure it could be done.
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Old July 22, 2016, 02:39 PM   #13
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Please don't mess with the pistol powders. You'll only confuze this ole fart.
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Old July 22, 2016, 03:42 PM   #14
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Old July 22, 2016, 07:06 PM   #15
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Don't youz guys have a sense of humor? Why ask about scented powders? Because it's just silly, that's why...
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Old July 22, 2016, 07:35 PM   #16
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Make it smell like Hoppes.

Then you won't be able to know if you've recently cleaned your gun by smell alone.
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Old July 22, 2016, 07:47 PM   #17
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There might be a market for it? wouldn't be me. Would be my wife.
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Old July 22, 2016, 07:52 PM   #18
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A friend used to buy stuff from pyrotechnics supply houses; the places that sell materials for making fireworks. He found something that sprayed green sparklies when mixed with the powder he was reloading with. [all the usual disclaimers apply]

Bob already annoyed other shooters at the range, considering he was shooting a rebarreled Magnum Research single-shot pistol in .458 Win Mag, but the green sparklies drove some of the range "experts" nuts...

I shot a box of commercial .458 through that pistol. Recoil wasn't bad, but the beachball-sized muzzle flashes were impressive.

Oh, and I used to know a guy who raced motorcycles, who added small amounts of different "essential oils" into his premix. Didn't seem to affect the octane or plug coloring any, but you could definitely smell something in the exhaust that wasn't leaded premium... He had a bunch of people absolutely convinced he was cheating by running some kind of exotic fuel additive, but their tests didn't turn anything up...
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Old July 22, 2016, 08:28 PM   #19
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Those remembering the addictive smell of those old shotgun shells?

You weren't smelling the powder smoke.

You were smelling the wax burning out of those paper shells you were shooting.

That smell went away never to return when plastic hulls were invented.

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Old July 22, 2016, 08:35 PM   #20
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Mix in a few grains of old bay with every load.
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Old July 22, 2016, 08:44 PM   #21
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I have a friend who added pachule to his bullet lube. Every time he touched off a round, people looked around to find the hippie.
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Old July 22, 2016, 10:06 PM   #22
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It's a neat idea but I don't think I'd want any incentive to inhale more gunpowder and primer smoke than I have to.
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Old July 22, 2016, 10:24 PM   #23
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I bet it would work.
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Old July 22, 2016, 11:18 PM   #24
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As mentioned above, if shooting lead just add scent to the lube. Pretty much like scented candles.

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Old July 22, 2016, 11:32 PM   #25
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What we really need is a scent that works as an aphrodisiac to make gun haters fall in love with guns! Let's test it in California first.
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