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Which powders for muzzle flash?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by dsv424, Apr 8, 2010.

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  1. dsv424

    dsv424 Member

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    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?
     
  2. RB98SS

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    For what caliber, 10mm? Blue Dot is about the best, Power Pistol also.
     
  3. Walkalong

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    Yep. Two good ones for muzzle flash for sure.
     
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    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
     
  5. JDGray

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    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.
     
  6. dsv424

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    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.
     
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    Have you tried blackpowder yet? Seriously. (although I'm not I would want to clean a double-action afterwards)
     
  8. 918v

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    2400 should flash more than Blue Dot because it combusts less efficiently.
     
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    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.
     
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    Power pistol is flashy.

    LGB
     
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    For 44mag I'd try a bunch of H110.
     
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    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.
     
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    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)
     
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    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
     
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    WW 296 is good for flash in .357 magnum and in ruger-only .45 Colt loads. 3F blackpowder is even better.
     
  16. Marlin 45 carbine

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    RDot is a relatively low-flash powder.
     
  17. RB98SS

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    For .44 and .357, H110/W296 (same powder) None beats it.
     
  18. dsv424

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    Thanks guys. I think I'll get some H110 and try that. Appreciate the opinions.:)
     
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