New IMR Powders for 2017

imr powders for 2017

IMR Legendary Powders announced a new family of propellents that should appeal to a range of hand loading enthusiasts. The new powders are suitable for both shotshell and handgun cartridges. IMR states that the shotshell powders were designed to match the existing bushing charts so your current gear should work fine with the powders.

The five new powders are Target, Red, Green, Unequal and Blue.


Target is a pistol powder with a fast burn rate in a small flake consistency. IMR states the fine grain powder meters very well and is suitable for cartridges down to the tiny .25 ACP. Of course, the powder is good for other handgun calibers as well. Both the .38 Special and .45 ACP are considered to be good matches by IMR. One, four and eight pound containers will be available starting in January of 2017.


This powder was developed as a propellant for 12 gauge target loads. However, the company states it also works well for target handgun loads that use lead bullets such as the reduced loads used in cowboy competitions. Three handgun calibers specifically mentioned by IMR are .38 Special, .44 Special and .45 Colt. Red will be available in 14 ounce containers as well as larger 4 and 8 pound jugs.


IMR says the new Green powder burns slightly slower than Red, and that it will make great sporting clay and trap handicap loads. Like Red, Green is available in 14 oz, 4 pound and 8 pound containers.


It sounds like the new Unequal powder will fit a wide range of calibers and loads. It has small flakes and is supposed to offer uniform metering. Among the many calibers this powder supports are 9mm, .38 Special, .40 S&W and .45 ACP. Additionally, it is a good choice for 12, 16, 20 and 28 gauge shotshells. It can be had in the same size containers as the Red and Green powders.


If you are looking for a heavy 3″ or 3.5″ 12 gauge load, or maybe even a 10 gauge shotshell, Blue is what you should be looking at in this new line. Of all the powders IMR is introducing, it has the slowest burn rate and is a good match for shells throwing a lot of lead. One, four and 8 pound containers will be available.


According to the company, all of the powders use a new, environmentally friendly technology that make them REACH compliant. TIL, or ‘today I learned’, REACH is a standard implemented by the European Union designed to “…improve the protection of human health and the environment from the risks that can be posed by chemicals…” See there, you probably just learned something too.


IMR announced five new powders that are suitable for shotshells and handgun loads. The new powders are compliant with a EU regulation on chemical threats, and will be available for sale in January 2017

What do you think? Any of these powders pique your interest? Between these and the CFE BLK powder from Hodgdon, I’m interested in working up some new loads next year. Heck, with MEC announcing it is jumping into the metallic hand loading market, I am pretty excited to see what other things might be rolling out at the SHOT Show.

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The irony is that Hercules was created when DuPont’s propellant manufacturing empire was broken up due to anti-trust concerns. DuPont kept their single-base propellants, while Hercules took the double-base formulations.

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