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Hodgdon CFE BLK: Best Varmint Cartridge Loads

Hodgdon CFE BLK powder - a Copper Fouling Eraser propellant - is perfect for 17 Hornet, 17 Ackley Hornet, 17 Fireball, 218 Bee and 221 Fireball handholds.

Hodgdon CFE BLK: Best Varmint Cartridge Loads

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Hodgdon CFE BLK powder is in the series of Copper Fouling Eraser propellants. CFE 223 was introduced in 2012, and CFE Pistol followed in 2014. Nitroglycerine content makes them double-base propellants.

Like some other spherical powders, Hodgdon CFE BLK performs best in cartridge case capacity/bullet weight combinations that allow 90 to 100 percent load density. Slightly compressed charges often deliver the lowest shot-to-shot variations in velocity, while dropping much below 90 percent can result in high velocity spreads. Having a burn speed close to H4198 and IMR 4198 makes CFE BLK suitable for use in a variety of applications...

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