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Major Tom

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Can someone tell me if this can be used in an ejection charge? Dug them up from an inherited reloading kit. Not familiar with the numbers.
 

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Those are nitrocellulose based powders. They do not work for ejection charges without extreme confinement.
 

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Those are "useless", you should send them to AirFest so I can "dispose" of them for you :-D
 

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My M1 Garand loves IMR 4895, but my ejection charges prefer plain ol BP.

As stated by others, it is a confinement issue.
 

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Those are all rifle powders that you have. The 3031 is the fastest, and 4064 the slowest. They need quite a bit of pressure to burn completely. Personally, I wouldn't try it. You would need fairly robust containment for the charges, and I think the reliability would be iffy at best.
 

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As others have said, Smokeless powder wont generate the pressure or gas volume required for ejection. For fun, take a thimble full of BP and one of smokeless and ignite them. That will be your answer.
 

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As others have stated, no. But keep those! If you inherited a full reloading setup, load up and burn some powder!
 

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Well, as stated, smokeless propellants won't work for ejection. That said, you'll want to hold on to what you have there.

My old can of 3031 still has the price sticker on it... $7.99. Today, that same 1 lb can is $38.

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