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Thread: Strange Powder - Strange Bullet

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    Strange Powder - Strange Bullet

    I recently bought some 300 H & H ammo for a rifle I do not have.

    I pulled several of the bullets and powder because they were obviously reloads and I didn't want to blow up my non existent firearm.

    The powder that came out a couple of rounds was new to me. I have never seen gun powder like this. It is gunpowder because I lit it and it acted like gunpowder.

    Has anyone ever seen a powder like this?
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    Strange bullet.

    225 grain 30 cal hollow point. Appears to have 3 sections. A silver type metal for the middle collar.

    Anyone ever seen a critter like this?
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    Looks like chopped up cordite. Never seen a bullet like that before.

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    What's the headstamp on the cases? Never saw bullets like that, but wonder if they might be high-priced european factory stuff. The headstamp may help identify the powder and bullets.

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    That powder looks like something I've seen just can't put a name to it. I'll think about it tonight. That bullet looks custom or small shop to me.

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    I wonder if it is nitrocellulose without the graphite/deterrent coatings?

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    It looks sorta like universal clays but universal wouldn't work well with that bullet.

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    Looks like Solenite Smokeless Powder.

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    Both cases were headstamped Western. Boolits were cast 150 grainers.
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    Looks like the powder in some Norinco 9mm I have, looks like sand. Cleanest powder I have ever seen, fired cases look like they have been through the tumbler.

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    A little research indicates it may be Russian powder with no graphite coating.

    It's just strange that I have been looking at powders for 51 years and never seen this.

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    That bullet over 200 grains looks to be quite devastating. Weatherby made some unusual stuff for African plains game back in the day.

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