Hodgdon Powder Company
Hodgdon Powder, a leader in the reloading market, is a family-owned business in Kansas. It’s been at the forefront of producing top quality products for the reloader for the past 67 years. Innovation is part of the company philosophy, which brings us to their newest powder, CFE Pistol. CFE Pistol is an offshoot of CFE 223, introduced last year for rifle cartridges. They are both spherical powders, which means easier metering, especially when using a progressive press. The powder contains an additive Hodgdon calls “Copper Fouling Eraser” that does just what it says, reduces copper fouling. My daily carry gun of choice when I was flying for the Army was the General Electric GAU 2B mini gun, firing 7.62 rounds at a rate of more than 4,000 shots per minute. Even with multiple barrels, you can imagine the copper fouling build-up. The CFE powders were originally developed for the military specifically to address this kind of problem. While it doesn’t relieve you of the necessity to clean your firearms, it does greatly reduce copper fouling, which makes cleaning a lot easier and maintains accuracy when shooting for extended periods such as in competition. Check out their 2014 forecast for the availability of powder for reloading in the accompanying video.