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Old December 8, 2009, 10:32 PM   #1
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Need someone to ID powder

I bought a pound of winchester w231 from a vendor at a gun show.
I have never seen ball powder before but when I opened the container I found this [Pictured attached] I was expecting to find little balls not flattened wafers. Well anyway I loaded up 50 rounds and now I am getting paronoid. Could someone confirm if this looks correct.

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Old December 8, 2009, 10:35 PM   #2
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I use Win 231 in every handgun I have and the powder is flat little flakes, it's just flattened to burn better and more evenly. No reason to be worried.

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Old December 8, 2009, 10:35 PM   #3
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Looks fine in the picture.
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Old December 8, 2009, 10:35 PM   #4
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Yep, thats W231. I believe they start as balls and then are crushed flat. All of the rifle powders I have used that are "ball" were actually ball, but not in the case of pistol powders. I suspect it is done to alter the burn rate on the powder. A large surface area flake should burn faster than a ball or sphere.
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Old December 8, 2009, 10:35 PM   #5
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Yes, 231. I have a can sitting on my shelf right now.
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Old December 8, 2009, 10:39 PM   #6
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whew! thanks I just had a sick feeling about it
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Old December 8, 2009, 10:43 PM   #7
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Thanks For Asking This

Ed,

I have been reloading for about 10 months and used 231 exclusively for my .45 and .38's and have never understood why they call it "ball" powder when it is flat.

I learned from this (again).

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Old December 8, 2009, 10:50 PM   #8
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Tony,

Me Neither. I have been using Tightgroup and unique for my gp100 . But heard that ball powerder meters well and picked some w-231 up at a gun show. I also just got a new pistol . A springfield 1911 GI. Making my first loads for it. 185 gr golden saber's
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Old December 8, 2009, 11:24 PM   #9
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Ed,

I think you will find your Springfield 1911 GI will give you better accuracy with lead bullets. Not to mention they are a lot cheaper.

Enjoy your pistol


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Me Neither. I have been using Tightgroup and unique for my gp100 . But heard that ball powerder meters well and picked some w-231 up at a gun show. I also just got a new pistol . A springfield 1911 GI. Making my first loads for it. 185 gr golden saber's
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