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Gun Powder? A misnomer? (Definition meaning: Wrong Name?)

Guns do not need powder. Ammo does.

So why is it referred to as gun powder any way????????

Purpose and intent of this subject is not how to make powder. But rather discuss the ingredients used to make ammo powder and the variations of blends (Recipes?) for making it. Also a knowledge base on the subject of ammo powder(s) and there specific types and/or any variations, if any.

Powder is in every type of ammo. But is there any difference for gun types? Gun types meaning shotgun ammo, rifle ammo and handgun ammo. If so, what is the basic ingredients and the variations of blends for each specific ammo type?

Additionally, it is often said some powders are cleaner burning while others a more dirty burning. Meaning some leave behind more or less powder residues.

Example:
Often said 22 caliber ammo is "Dirtier" then any other type of powder. Is there any truth to that? Or is it just rumor or old school understanding or misunderstandings of powders used in rim fire ammo????? Is there a difference??? in 22 ammo powder versus any other ammo caliber size or type powder(s)???

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Links for your informational interests:

This Day In History: John Browning (Browning Fire Arms and Designer)

Gun designer John Browning is born — History.com This Day in History — 1/21/1855

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Ruger Family:

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Ruger Family Crest and History

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Winchester Repeating Arms and Family:

The Winchester Family Tree - The world famous Winchester Mystery House

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The Movie - The world famous Winchester Mystery House

Marlin Fire Arms:

Marlin Family Crest and History

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Chuck Hawks Main Site Home Page:
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Handgun Types:
HANDGUN TYPES

Shotguns:
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Rim Fire Rifles:
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Handguns Info Here:
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Scopes and Optics Page:
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Reloading Information Pages:
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Remington's Defective Trigger Device:
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Remington Rifles With Defective Trigger Devices Reports:
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Remington Model 600 | 700 Lawsuit - Riff & Associates, PC

Documents Reveal Remington Wrestled with Potential Gun Safety Problems for Decades - CNBC

Remington Under Fire - CNBC

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Powder Burn Rates Here: Powder Burn Rates

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Being somewhat older than you, we called it gun powder because we poured the mixture from our powder horns directly into the gun barrel - back in the day of the blue and gray.
 
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Actually...in the strict definition of the word...gunpowder refers to "black powder"...not smokeless powder.

I've been out of reloading for a while, but some powders do indeed burn "dirtier" in specific applications. I used Bluedot in my .45 loads and though it worked fine it seemed to require more cleaning than commercial loads or my Bullseye. I believe because it was considered a slower powder..it didn't burn quite as efficiently in the shorter barrel. May also have been that I was using loads on the lower end of the scale. Closer to mid or upper mid range will normally burn cleaner.

You will also get variations in cleanliness depending on the bullet used. One with an exposed lead base will normally dirty up the gun more than one with the jacket covering the base. That may be why .22s seem to shoot dirty...that and the fact they have a wax coating. I wonder if the new "green" copper .22s are any cleaner?
 
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Hi: Vic

Good points you bring up.

Then there has to be different burn rates between powders. ??? Guessing here.

Depending upon the blends of ingredients. Which may vary between powder brands. And powder blending maybe???? Qualities of basic ingredients then also. (???)

Which is my point exactly. One then has to know which brand and blend to use in which application. If there where no differences between brands and or blends, then any brand would do fine. (???) Guessing again.

Equating all the above like blends of gasolines. Differences between gasoline brands and blends too. Basic knowledge is all gasolines are the same. However, each brand adds in it's own additives during tanker truck fill ups at the oil refinery from which they all obtain the same gasolines.

Then is it safe to say all brands of powder are equal? Equal in amounts of the basic ingredients? Regardless of which caliber is being reloaded or at the factory loaded??????

If so, then why would a 22 rim fire be so much more dirtier then other calibers. All things being equal.

Like almost everything else, the number of brands is or can be mind boggling. Confusing to say the least.... Like choices of grains of bullets...weapon used, barrel length, semi auto, bolt, lever actions....and on and on and on. wondering just how to make the correct choice for any given reload.........
 
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Powder Burn Rates

Some good basic info here....

The best way to make a choice is to compare multiple reloading manuals to get what you are looking for.
 
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I've been reading about but have not tried the new powders designed to minimize copper fouling. Couple them with Barnes bullets and I'm in heaven.
 
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I am a shooter but have not gotten into reloading, yet. (My LEE progressive is still in the box.) I can tell you from experience that there is a difference in burn rates as seen from behind the gun. I can tell from the muzzle flash.

There is also a lot of science that goes into powders for getting certain burn rates, pressures and fowling. All of it is over my head but I will see if I can find any info.

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Remington Model 700 Rifle Under Fire:
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I'm in France as news about a British SAS sniper's trial plays endlessly on the news. Others packed his kit and shipped home a gift handgun received from his Afghan friends. It' sat for a couple years. Then his room mate apparently was suspected of something so their apartment was searched and the gun and ammunition were found. In the USA there would be no crime and it would be nothing but this guy is up on serious charges. Makes me very glad I live in the USA and I can't wait to get home. Oh, and you can't find turkey and stuffing in Paris. Duck and fancy sauce 20 different ways but not good old turkey and stuffing.
 
 

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