Miscellaneous

Powder Burning Rate

There are a lot of powder out there to choose from. But one thing you can use to help get you on the right track is the burning rate. There is a rule of thumb for most rifles that you can use to help you decide. Slower burning powders work good for bigger magnums and faster burning powders work good for some of your smaller rifles. Here is a list from Hodgdons on there powder burning rate from fastest to slowest.

1 NORMA R1
2 Winchester WAALite
3 Vihtavouri N310
4 Alliant e3
5 Hodgdon TITEWAD
6 Alliant Red Dot
7 Hodgdon CLAYS
8 IMR, Co Hi-Skor 700-X
9 Alliant Bullseye
10 Hodgdon TITEGROUP
11 Alliant American Select
12 Accurate Arms Solo 1000
13 Alliant Green Dot
14 IMR, Co Trial Boss
15 Winchester Super Handicap
16 Hodgdon INTERNATIONAL
17 IMR, Co PB
18 Vihtavouri N320
19 Winchester WST
20 Accurate Arms No. 2
21 IMR, Co SR 7625
22 Hodgdon HP-38
23 Winchester 231
24 Alliant 20/28
25 Alliant Unique
26 Hodgdon UNIVERSAL
27 Alliant Power Pistol
28 Vihtavouri N330
29 Alliant Herco
30 Winchester WSF
31 Vihtavouri N340
32 IMR, Co Hi-Skor 800-X
33 IMR, Co SR4756
34 Accurate Arms No. 5
35 Hodgdon HS-6
36 Vihtavouri 3N37
37 Vihtavouri N350
38 Hodgdon HS-7
39 Vihtavouri 3N38
40 Alliant Blue Dot
41 Accurate Arms No. 7
42 Hodgdon LONGSHOT
43 Alliant 410
44 Alliant 2400
45 Accurate Arms No. 9
46 NORMA R123
47 Vihtavouri N110
48 Hodgdon LIL’ GUN
49 Hodgdon H110
50 Winchester 296
51 IMR, Co IMR 4227
52 Hodgdon H4227
53 IMR, Co SR4759
54 Accurate Arms 1680
55 NORMA 200
56 Alliant Reloder 7
57 IMR, Co IMR4198
58 Hodgdon H4198
59 Vihtavouri N120
60 Hodgdon H322
61 Accurate Arms 2015BR
62 Vihtavouri N130
63 IMR, Co IMR3
64 Vihtavouri N133
65 Hodgdon BENCHMARK
66 Hodgdon H335
67 Accurate Arms 2230
68 Accurate Arms 2460
69 Hodgdon H4895
70 Vihtavouri N530
71 IMR, Co IMR4895
72 Vihtavouri N135
73 Alliant Reloder 12
74 IMR, Co IMR4320
75 Accurate Arms 2495BR
76 IMR, Co IMR4064
77 NORMA 202
78 Accurate Arms 2520
79 Alliant Reloder 15
80 Vihtavouri N140
81 Hodgdon VARGET
82 Winchester 748
83 Hodgdon BL-C(2)
84 Hodgdon H380
85 IMR, Co IMR4007SSC
86 Vihtavouri N540
87 Winchester 760
88 Hodgdon H414
89 Vihtavouri N150
90 Accurate Arms 2700
91 IMR, Co IMR4350
92 Hodgdon H4350
93 Accurate Arms 4350
94 NORMA 204
95 Hodgdon HYBRID 100V
96 Vihtavouri N550
97 Alliant Reloder 19
98 IMR, Co IMR4831
99 Accurate Arms 3100
100 Vihtavouri N160
101 Hodgdon H4831 & H4831SC
102 Winchester Supreme 780
103 NORMA MRP
104 Alliant Reloder 22
105 Vihtavouri N560
106 Vihtavouri N165
107 IMR, Co IMR7828
108 Vihtavouri N17
109 Hodgdon H1000
110 Hodgdon RETUMBO
111 Vihtavouri N570
112 Accurate Arms 8700
113 Hodgdon H87
114 Vihtavouri 24N41
115 Hodgdon H50BMG
116 Hodgdon US869
117 Vihtavouri 20N29

Discussion

  • seth hernandez

    is it true that the faster a powder burns, the faster you burn the barrel? i keep getting conflicting theories on this.

  • http://longrangeshooter.com Sean

    Like you said its just a theory. I could be wrong but I just cant see how that would make any difference at all. What burns your barrel out is pushing a bullet to fast through your barrel. Your lands have a hard time picking up the bullet and after time start to burn out.

  • Jason

    The barrel has no idea how fast the projectile is moving, nor does it care, copper and lead are both softer than steel, muzzle velocity has no direct effect on barrel life. The amount of heat produced in the barrel is what’s causes it to burn out, (erode if you will), it will start to crack and peel away at the throat and procede the rest of the way down the barrel. Expansion ratio also has a pretty significant effect on barrel life but I’m not getting into that kind of detail.