Please tell me what the difference is between the "bulk" and "dense" smokeless powders that are used in shotgun shells?
Bulk smokeless powder for shotguns is equal in power, dram for dram to black powder. When loading shells if the load calls for three drams of powder this quantity of either black or the "bulk" powders such as Dupont, E. C, Schultze, Deadshot, Empire, Wolf, and Mullerite, would be O. K. and give practically the same results in velocity and power. These smokeless powders have, however, the advantages over black powder of being cleaner to shoot and possessing less recoil. The "dense" powders are much more powerful that either the black or the "bulk" and must be loaded by weight by grains and not by drams. The best known brands of this class of powders are Ballistite, Infallible, and Walsrode. I would recommend beginners to reload shells with the "bulk" powders only, as there is little danger of overcharging with this class of powder.
Fur, News. Fur News, January 1916.
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