Blackhorn 209 Powder

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  1. xzqzq

    xzqzq New Member

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    Has anyone tried Blackhorn 209 powder ? Any good ? Thanks, George
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    i was given some to try for a mob here , it'd be ok for percussion caps but was not a fan of it for a flintlock , it did not suit as a pan powder , but when shot , worked well so yeah if you shoot hot caps , go for it
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    We've been using BH209 for a few years now out here in our T/C inlines. The powder is designed to be used in a modern inline muzzleloader strong enough to handle the pressures, using a saboted 250 to 350 gr. bullet. The powder has to be ignited using a regular or magnum 209 primer.

    The powder is a modern nitrocellulose formulated to match the volume and similar pressure curve of BP. The residue is a very thin soot layer, and the powder is NON hydroscopic (it don't like water), so cleaning is with regular Hoppe's #9. No corrosion issues, no degradation in performance, no crud ring. My T/C Omega has shot 1/2" groups using this powder and a Barnes TMZ 250 gr. sabot at 100 yards--3" at 300 yards. We've killed deer and big hogs with this setup and it's very effective.
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    As long as you are using modern primers to ignite the powder I've had real good luck. I use in my .45-70. It is a nitrocellulose powder so clean up is just as easy as for modern smokeless powder, for the most part. When you open the container the odor is the same as 4064, 4895, or any other modern smokeless powder I've used for reloading.
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    Does anyone know if BH209 is ok for BP cartridge rifles? (Not a replica: In this case, a light frame Whitney ca. 1885, .38-40)
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    I've loaded it in my repro Sharps 1874 45/70, but got indifferent accuracy.
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    See my #4 reply. I use it in my 1886 Winchester in caliber .45-70 made in 1887. It was my grandfathers rifle and I use it at least once a year for our club's buffalo shoot. A .40 caliber or better is required and distances of 100, 150, 200 and 300 yds. I load Blackhorn 209 for the black powder class and use smokeless for the smokeless class. I've never won but have fun every year even in the January cold.
    Ocassionally I'll use it in the club's lever action shoot.
    Just don't go overboard, you should be fine.
    I might be getting a Colt Lightening pump rifle in .38-40. I never thought of using it in that rifle. I might have to try! Thanks for the idea.
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    OK, re: "not going overboard". If it is nitro based, then is it OK to NOT fill the case all the way (as you would with BP). I'd like to load it light, to start, but I don't want to induce weird pressure curves.

    Thanks,
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