Powder names

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Rizla, Dec 17, 2012.

  1. Rizla

    Rizla Active Member

    Apr 24, 2011
    Can anyone possibly shed some light on the seemingly arbitrary alphanumeric names given to powders? I get a headache trying to read through big lists of recommended powders because, as far as I can tell, you can't deduce the burn rate from the name of the powder. The numbers just seem to be relative to other powders from the same manufacturer.
  2. Mikecr

    Mikecr Well-Known Member

    Aug 10, 2003
    I agree with you & as far as I can tell there is nothing intelligible to it.
    Of all things in ballistics, you would think POWDER would be the very first standardized in identification.
    I would have thought this prior to the Civil War...