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Thread: Do red dots in Red Dot burn?

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    Do red dots in Red Dot burn?

    After extensive testing and counting out 7 dots of red and lighting the dots, I can say without a doubt they burn just like gunpowder.

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    Same with blue and green. I was under the impression it was just colored powder particles. I like the fact that I can ID the powder at a glance even though I have only one powder out at a time. I love me some blue dot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by osteodoc08 View Post
    . I love me some blue dot.

    Blue dot is like bacon. Our civilization could not exist without it.
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    Love my Red Dot, but I do have limited quantity's of both blue and green. Just toooo handy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 762 shooter View Post
    After extensive testing and counting out 7 dots of red and lighting the dots, I can say without a doubt they burn just like gunpowder.

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    Maybe cull 4 grains of red dots and load with a 230g LRN in s 45acp case and report pressure/velocity findings in a 1911? Maybe the red dots are like uranium 235 mixed in with uranium 238? I am sure you can get gubermint money for this project.

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    More likely clear celluloid dyed red...so they burn............however ,under a convention all nitro explosives have microdots included ,so the residue can be ID d by the FBI,after the nitro burns or whatever.These dots are made of dozens of layers of different coloured material,which is a code ,to ID manufacturer and batch lot ,and so who the end user was.

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    No need to test them. A typical skeet field would be buried in red dots if they did"t burn.
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    As I recall, this question was answered in a published article quite a few years ago. The author picked out enough of the red dots to load several rounds and tested them with a well known load. The difference with powder straight from the can was inconsequential.

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    I have no blue, but some red and lots of green. I am a farmer, I like green things.
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    My vintage can of Hi Skor 700X has light yellow/ white dots in it...dale

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    Those red dots can also lose their color over time. I was gifted a partial cardboard drum of red dot, probably from the 60's or early 70's, but there werent any red dots in it. The original owner was a careful loader, so I assumed the powder was red dot. I emailed Alliant and asked if the red coloring could fade over time and they said yes. I loaded a cylinder full of 38 wadcutters with that powder and a cylinder full with fresh red dot and shot them all over the chronograph. Couldn't tell the difference.

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    I think this thread must be one of the early signs of cabin fever
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    So how many dots per pound on average?
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    I just mixed all three together.. now it will handle any load.. Someone asked if my powder work on such and such .. answer is.... sure it cyan
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    Cyan Dot.......the new wonder powder.

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    Okay,that was Bar Dot.

    Now on a more serious note,does anyone recognise this reddish powder?

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    I live in Vihtavuori culture,not much ecperience in other powders.

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    Looks kinda like a vectan powder the colour code that might be AO this is AS with the pink flakes Click image for larger version. 

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    Unfortunately I don’t have any AO but this link shows it on there site http://www.vectan.fr/UK/range-of-powders
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    I just love to connect my red, blue, and green dots with a round silver dot...
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    Imagine my surprise the first can of Vectan A1 I opened.

    I thought I may have wasted my money as there was no way those big square flakes would measure well. But I was wrong. A1 is quickly becoming a favorite in .45 ACP.
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