BlackHorn 209 High Performance Muzzleloading Powder
A good "Black powder substitute".
This is a GOOD (Not a cure all like they make it out to be) black powder substitute. If you do your part and measure your load out carefully, duplicity is easy.
This is NOT as clean as they make it out to be, cleaner than black powder, slightly cleaner than pyrodex, this powder is dirty. It is however nearly smokeless.
The advice often heard about using 15% less is all hype, grain for grain measurement by volume = reality, 100 gr IS 100 gr.
Cleaning: It is better to use hoppies solvent to clean it out then CLP to run through the barrel, then a dry patch. Average number of patches until patch comes out clean = 18 to 20. (REALITY is just that)
November 26, 2013
Best propellant I've used!
This is by far the best propellant I've used. I can fire 20+ shots without cleaning between shots, with no noticeable effect on accuracy. No crud ring and extremely easy to clean.
Also, it doesn't draw moisture and clump together in long term storage (a problem I've had with Pyrodex). Granted, I could've taken better measures to store in a drier area, but with Blackhorn, I don't need to bother.
Don't forget to use regular shotshell primers instead of muzzleloading shotshell primers. I've had great luck with CCI 209M primers. Using 90 grs with a 250 gr TC Shockwave, I usually get 1 - 2 inch groups at 100 yds.
October 29, 2011
Blackhorn 209 Powder
This stuff is fantastic!!!.
You use less to produce the same velocity of the powder pellets and a lot less mess to cleanup later.
No more swabbing the barrel after each shoot.
Ballistics is consistent, within 20 ft/sec from shot to shot.
It does take a little more time than just dropping a preformed pellet down the barrel, but the results are well worth it.
Double check to make sure you have the right nipple on your rifle before use this powder.
September 22, 2011
I'm glad some people are having good results with BH.
I made 32 shots with this stuff and could not get a group. I also had miss fires and hang fires. I talked to the folks at western powder and was told I was probably doing a number of things wrong. Not the case. I started with a brand new rifle and a BH breech plug. I also used a CCI magnum primer which was almost impossible to find. All of the recommendations western powder made. These inline MLs will go bang with good powder. T7 and white hots always go bang. BH is finicky. Just imagine a 12 pointer in sight you drop the hammer and fsssssstt and your bullet drops out. If you still want to try bh 209 call them and ask for a sample.better yet I will give you some. I hope all you hunters have a great season.
October 9, 2014