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December 3rd, 2007

Hodgdon Releases Two New Powders: Hybrid 100V and Supreme 780

Starting in spring 2008, Hodgdon Powder Co. will start shipping two new powders suitable for target and hunting calibers. Hybrid 100V is designed to combine the even burn qualities of an extruded (stick) powder, with much smoother metering in a powder measure, due to its advanced kernel design. Supreme 780 is the identical ball powder loaded in Winchester’s factory Supreme® ammunition including 243 Win, 270 Win, and 300 Win Magnum.

Hodgdon Hybrid 100V powderHodgdon Hybrid 100V powder

Hybrid 100V is big news for shooters on this board, many of whom use H4350 in their 6.5-284s and medium sized 6mms such as the 6XC and 6-6.5×47. We talked to Chris Hodgdon Friday and he confirms that Hybrid 100V offers excellent velocity and accuracy, with a burn rate similar to H4350. We told Chris that H4350 is hard to beat for accuracy in many match calibers and it offers extremely low ES and SD. “Can Hybrid 100V really rival H4350’s performance?” we asked.

Chris paused, then said with obvious pride: “We’ve done a LOT of testing and this stuff is really good. Velocity is excellent, accuracy is excellent, and the new powder matches up well against anything on the market, including our own H4350″. Chris continued, “the really great thing about the powder is that the new kernel shape allows it to meter much better in powder measures. This is because the edges or ends are rounded. I think reloaders will be very happy with the Hybrid. It’s a state-of-the art kernel design, and it’s made in America, by St. Marks.” One could tell from Chris’s tone that he really believes Hybrid 100V will be a winner.

Hodgdon Hybrid 100V powder

Hodgdon’s official press release states: “HYBRID 100V marries two technologies: the chemistry of a Spherical powder with the geometry of an Extruded propellant. [It is] ideal for use in calibers that fit H4350, [delivering] velocities not seen before in a variety of popular cartridges, such as 3,310 fps for a 150-grain bullet in the 300 Weatherby Magnum. Hybrid 100V’s unique small grain, part Spherical, part Extruded shape benefits the handloader in two ways — the powder flows accurately and easily through a measure, and charge weights are consistent for ideal load density.”

Winchester Supreme 780, a ball powder, is designed for those wanting an easy-metering propellant that emulates popular factory loads. Tim Vaitekunas, Hodgdon’s director of R&D, notes that “Supreme 780 allows the handloader to duplicate Winchester Supreme factory loads.”

Load Data Already Online
Though Hybrid 100V and Supreme 780 are brand new, Hodgdon’s engineers have already posted some load data for both powders on the Hodgdon Reloading Data Center. Hodgdon has initial Hybrid 100V loads for 18 cartridge designs so far. Here are samples:

Cartridge + Starting Loads with Hybrid 100V
22-250: 55gr SP | 2.35″ COL | 36.0gr | 3254 fps | 43,500 psi
243 Win: 100gr BTSP|2.65″ COL|40.0gr|2868 fps|45,400 cup
7 WSM: 160gr SP | 2.85″ COL| 57.0gr | 2716 fps | 49,400 psi

You’ll also find data for the new Supreme 780, covering 14 different cartridges and 35 different recipes. For more info, contact Hodgdon Powder at (913) 362-9455.

Hodgdon Reloading Data Center.

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December 3rd, 2007

Winchester Releases Commemorative Ammo

Here’s an item for you cartridge collectors and history buffs out there. Winchester® Ammunition plans to release a Theodore Roosevelt commemorative line of ammunition. This celebrates 150 years of Roosevelt’s influence as a political leader, avid outdoorsman and hunter, and champion of wildlife conservation.

Roosevelt Winchester 1895 Africa

The Theodore Roosevelt cartridges feature a nickel-plated shell casing bearing a special Roosevelt head-stamp in three calibers: 30-30 Win, 45 Colt, and Roosevelt’s favorite big-bore lever-gun round, the 405 Winchester. The most powerful cartridge ever chambered in a lever gun, the 405 was used extensively by Roosevelt during his 1909-1910 African safari.

Roosevelt, along with his son Kermit, spent nine months on safari in Africa, and his adventures were widely reported by the U.S. press. After that safari, Roosevelt will forever be associated with the Winchester Model 1895 lever gun. Roosevelt brought four 1895s to Africa, one in .30-40 and three in 405 Winchester. For dangerous game, the .405 was Teddy’s cartridge of choice. Famously, Roosevelt called his 405 Winchester lever gun “Big Medicine”. Teddy’s “Big Medicine” helped make the Model 1895 rifle legendary.

Roosevelt Winchester 1895 Africa
Roosevelt Winchester 1895 Africa

The Theodore Roosevelt line of cartridges features:
– Nickel-plated shell casing bearing a Roosevelt head-stamp
– 30-30 Win with 150-gr Power-Points in 20-round box
– 405 with 300-gr jacketed flat point bullets in 20 round box
– 45 Colt with 250-gr flat nose lead bullet in 50-count box

All Theodore Roosevelt cartridges are packaged in collectible, foil-embossed boxes, each emblazoned with vintage Winchester artwork and photography.

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