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No. 2 - A fast burning, low density, double base, ball propellant developed for use in .38 Special target loads. It is excellent for target loads in almost all handgun cartridges, especially where low pressure and clean burning are desirable. Its low charge weights help the handloader stretch his shooting dollar. The lasted version, No. 2 Improved, is identical to the original No. 2 in terms of charge weight while being lower density to fill up more volume in the case.

No. 5 - A relatively fast burning double base, ball propellant developed for use in the .45 ACP that is somewhat slower than Unique. No. 5 is used in more handgun cartridges than any of our other handgun propellants. This is our most popular propellant.

No. 7 - A double base, ball propellant originally developed for 9mm NATO carbine ammunition. It has become a favorite propellant for IPSC shooters. Somewhat more specialized in applications than No. 2 or No. 5, it is well suited to high intensity cartridges. It is a good choice for magnum handgun cartridges (such as .357, .41 and .44 Magnum) when slightly less than full power loads are preferred.

No. 9 - Our slowest handgun propellant, No. 9 is the best .44 Magnum powder available. This double base, ball propellant gives excellent velocities for the pressures generated, and with less flash than comparable powders. It is intended for use in large capacity handgun cartridges (.357, .41, .44 Magnum, and .454 Casull). No. 9 is also suited to some small rifle cases (.2520 Winchester, .30 M-1 Carbine) and the .410 shotgun. No. 9 performs best with heavier bullets in most cartridges. A heavy bullet pull is required for consistent performance when using lighter bullets.

5744 - Currently sold as XMP-5744, this short cut, extruded double base rifle and pistol propellant is designed for use in Sharps rifle cartridges. It also works well in large capacity handgun cartridges of both conventional and IHMSA design. Shooters of cast bullets and reduced loads will find it useful in just about everything from the .22 Hornet to the .50-140 Sharps.


1680 - A double base, ball propellant which performs well in the 7.62x39 cartridge. It is the best powder for the .22 Hornet. Also suitable for small capacity cases such as the T/CU series, the .222 Remington and the .223 Remington with lighter bullets.

2015 - Also known as XMR-2015 or 2015BR

is a single base, small-grained, extruded propel-lant developed specifically for "bench rest cartridges," such as the PPC and BR series. This powder was tested at the Bench Rest Nationals in 1990 and subsequently adopted by shooters such as Ferris Pindell and Sal Ventimiglia. 2015 is extremely flexible, giving excellent performance in many cartridges from .22 Hornet to .458 Winchester Magnum.

2230 (Formerly MR-223) - One of our most popular rifle propellants. A double base, ball propellant developed for use in the 223 Remington (5.56 NATO). 2230 is very popular with those shooters who load large quantities of .223 Remington ammo.

2460 - This medium-burning ball propel-lant is popular with NRA, IHMSA, and bench rest shooters. Useful in a wide variety of cartridges. It is slightly slower than 2230 and shows a small pressure advantage over 2230 in bores 7mm and over. An excellent choice in .308 Winchester, 2460 is appropriate for use with Ml and M14 (M1A) service rifles.

2495 - (Also known as XMR-2495 and 2495BR). Very similar to 4895, this single base, extruded propellant gives satisfactory performance in a wide variety of cartridges. It offers service rifle shooters who prefer extruded propellants an Accurate alternative to our 2520.

2520 - This medium-slow burning double base, ball propellant gives excellent results in medium capacity cases (308 class) and certain applications in large bore cartridges. This powder was in the winner's circle in NRA High Power competition before it had been on the market two years! 2520 is first choice for target shooters using 168 grain bullets in the 308 Winchester. 2520 has a pressure curve appro priate for use with M1 and M14 (M1A) service rifles. In fact, some shooters now call it the "Camp Perry" powder.

4064 - (Also known as XMR-4064). Similar to IMR 4064. This single base rifle propellant is short cut for better metering while meeting the needs of service rifle competitors and hunters who prefer the performance of extruded powders. Admirers of the .30-06 will especially like this propellant.

2700 - A double base ball propellant that fills the gap between 2520 and our 4350. It is intended to be used as a heavy bullet powder in many cartridges. Excellent in the .22-250 Remington and the .220 Swift with varmint bullets.

America's most popular reloading propellant for rifle cartridges. A single base, extruded propellant similar to IMR 4350. Delivers superb performance in cartridges from .243 Win. and .270 Win. to the largest magnums.

3100 - (Also known as XMR-3100). A single base extruded propellant that serves well from the .243 Winchester to the big magnums, particularly the 7mm Remington Magnum. It has proven to be a cost effective replacement for IMR-4831 and H-4831.

8700 - The slowest powder available to reloaders. This slow-burning double base, ball propellant is best suited to the magnum rifle cases such as the .264 Winchester Magnum, 7mm Remington Magnum, .257 Weatherby Magnum, .270 Weatherby Magnum, and .300 Weatherby Magnum. 8700 may also be used in cartridges such as the .25-06 Remington and .270 Winchester (velocity and pressure will be reduced from normal, but accuracy is outstanding). Interestingly it performs well in a large variety of cartridges for cast bullet loads. Use of a magnum primer is recommended for best results.

Accurate, the stylized logo, Nitro 100, Solo 1000, Solo 1250, No. 2, No. 5, No. 7, No. 9, 5744, 1680, 2015, 2230, 2460, 2495BR, 2520, 4064, 2700, 3100, and 8700 are trademarks of Accurate Arms Company.

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    What type of propellant does winchester use in their 270 ammunition?
    9 years ago
  • frederick thomson
    What are good powders for a 44 rem mag pistol?
    9 years ago

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