Nobel Powder

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by TheGrimReaper, Sep 26, 2008.

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  1. TheGrimReaper

    TheGrimReaper Member

    Dec 13, 2007
    One of the local shops here has Nobel gunpowder. Does any of you guys know where to find some reloading data for these powders. I haven't found anything on the web.

    I hopefully will be using it in 9mm/10mm/44 Mag/.223Rem/7.62x39.
  2. Texasflyboy

    Texasflyboy Member

    Jun 23, 2008
    I have a good deal of load info for 9mm and .45ACP for AO.

    I purchased quite a bit of Nobel Sport/Vectan years ago when Graf had it on clearance.

    It took me a bit of time to track down load information. The best source of information was various burn rate charts that placed AO and other Nobel powders in their burn rate along other US powders like Bullseye and Unique.

    My load for 9 x 19mm is:

    4.0 grains AO
    Hensley & Gibbs #115 Lead Round Nose 120 grain bullet sized .358"
    Winchester Small Pistol Primer

    This round works really well in a High Power Mark III and runs about 1,000 fps.

    Let me know if you need more info.
  3. PotatoJudge

    PotatoJudge Member

    Nov 17, 2005
    I recently got 7 or 8 lbs of it for $12 each and had to track down the data. I really like the powder. SP3 is 357 mag with 180 grain bullets is awesome. TU700 in 30-06 with 180 grainers is easily sub-MOA.

    Could I get that 45 ACP data for AO? Don't think I have that. Also, the lee loading manual has some Nobel (Vectan) data.


    If anybody has data for BA9 that is for something other than the 9mm, I'd appreciate it. The store still has a couple pounds of that but I don't shoot the 9. I'm sure it'd work in 38 or something similar, maybe 7.62x25.
  4. shinz

    shinz Member

    Sep 22, 2008
    Nelson, New Zealand
    TGR, although these powders are most likely to be the Nobelsport/Vectan ones from France as mentioned above, be aware that there were earlier powders made in the UK by ICI Nobel. till they shut down production of them some time in the 80s I think it was. As suggested by TFB, placing these on a burn rate chart & then working up loads in a sensible fashion might be the only way with these.http://www.reloadersnest.com/burnrates.asp has a burn rate chart that covers these earlier Nobels powders, treat all such info with caution & work any loads up form equivalent start loads or below.
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