November 11th, 2007

Reloder 17–New Powder From Alliant?

This falls in the “industry rumor” category, but we have it on good authority that Alliant Powder plans to introduce a new powder in the Reloader Series early next year, Reloder 17. That’s right, Seventeen. This powder should work well with many of the high-accuracy cartridges used in competition.

Alliant Reloder 17 powderAs expected from its product title, the new propellant will be a mid-range, high-energy powder that is a bit slower than Varget or Reloder 15, but slightly faster than H4350 or Reloder 19. The new Reloder 17 could be ideal for the new mid-size match cartridges such as the 6-6.5×47, 6XC, 6.5×47, and 6.5 Creedmoor. (FYI, Hornady plans to load the 6.5 Creedmoor with H4350.) We expect the new powder to be a double-base formulation for high velocities.

Reloader 15 is currently very, very similar to Norma 203B, produced by Dynamit Nobel in Europe. If Alliant is getting the new Reloder 17 from the same source, we predict RL17 may be similar to the new Norma URP (Universal Rifle Powder) released earlier this year in the USA. We have tested URP in a 6-6.5×47, and it is indeed slightly faster than Reloder 19, performing similarly to fast lots of H4350. Price at $19.00 per pound, Norma URP can be ordered through Powder Valley, (800) 227-4299.

Illustration is an “artist’s concept”. Actual packaging may differ.

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