Winchester® Smokeless Propellants, a brand licensed by the Hodgdon Powder Company, is pleased to announce the release of Winchester StaBALL 6.5, the world’s first temperature-insensitive BALL® Powder, stable in extreme-hot or -cold conditions.
“Precision rifle shooters are a demanding lot,” says Ron Reiber, Hodgdon chief ballistician. “We identified a market need for a high-performing powder that metered precisely to be loaded on a progressive press, featured temperature insensitivity and a copper fouling elimination agent. Our testing revealed handloaders can load this powder much faster than traditional extruded powders on a single-stage press, which will result in less time loading and more time shooting. This powder is a game changer.”
Typical of a ball powder, precise metering contributes to improved velocity and pressure standard deviations, ingredients that are paramount to match grade accuracy. StaBALL 6.5 is ideally suited to 6 Creedmoor, 6GT, 6.5 Creedmoor, 7MM-08, 270 Winchester and many more – all loads which can now be found on the Hodgdon Reloading Center. As a ball powder, StaBALL 6.5 provides optimal loading density in cartridges appropriate for the burn speed.
This “environmentally green” propellant has copper fouling reducer additives, meaning longer durations of competition and field shooting without having to clean the bore. Velocity levels obtainable, depending on the cartridge, are 30-200 fps greater than other propellants in its class due to the density advantages of loading a ball powder.
This new Winchester powder is available to ship immediately and will be found at retailers selling reloading products. The powder is available in 1-pound and 8-pound canisters.
About Hodgdon Powder Company, Inc.
Established in 1947 by Bruce and Amy Hodgdon, today, sons JB and Bob have grown Hodgdon Powder Company into the largest US supplier of smokeless, blackpowder and blackpowder substitute propellants. The company distributes gunpowder under the Hodgdon®, IMR®, Winchester® and Goex® brands.