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Hodgdon CFE223 Fights Copper Fouling

by J. Scott Rupp   |  October 11th, 2011 2

Hodgdon CFE223Copper fouling is the bane of centerfire shooters who shoot jacketed bullets, which is pretty much all of us. Now there’s a powder that promises to deter copper fouling while you shoot. Hodgdon’s new CFE223 (CFE stands for Copper Fouling Eraser) will benefit everyone but particularly competition guys, varminters, AR fanatics and big game hunters who spend a lot of time at the range.

Originally designed for U.S. rapid-fire military systems, CFE223 is a spherical powder, so it will meter well. Data for 27 cartridges (147 loads in all) are available at the company’s website. Hodgdon says max velocities were achieved in  .204 Ruger, .223/5.56, .22-250 and .308/7.62.

Now for the bad news: You’ll have to wait until January 2012 to get your hands on it. It’ll be available in one- and eight-pound containers. But at least you can check out Hodgdon’s Reloading Data Center and start checking CFE223’s possible applications for cartridges you load.

  • Neil Gibson

    I would guess this is based of a decoppering agent, such as bismuth (as an extremely finely powdered metal or a compound of), being added, to and incorporated with, the propellant matrix (grains). The bismuth, or other suitable material, forming a brittle alloy with the copper fouling which is removed by the action of the projectile a propellant gases.

  • Joe Murray

    What would be loading data using CFE 223 powder for Russian caliber 7.62 X 54 R with 150 grain bullet?

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