...................I recently bought a bottle of BH209, but I haven't had a chance to work up a load for my gun yet. I do have to confess, that I like the convenience of the Triple 7 pellets, over measuring loose powder, plus BH 209 is expensive.
I guess I am going to have to take OSR back to school on the cost of Triple 7 pellets compared to Blackhorn 209.
Triple 7 pellets at Wally World here cost $37. If you shoot magnum loads (3 pellets), you get 33 shots with 1 pellet left over. Or just over $1.11 per shot for just powder.
If you shoot 100 gr loads (2 pellets), you get 50 shots. Or 74 cents per shot for powder.
Blackhorn 209 in 15% more energetic than 777 pellets, so 85 gr by VOLUME will get you equal velocities.
Now Blackhorn 209 is sold in 10 oz (4375 grains) containers. Blackhorn 209 is also much lighter by WEIGHT than VOLUME, and for every 1 grain by VOLUME, you will have 0.7 grains by WEIGHT, or a 0.7 multiplier. Now let's just say that the Blackhorn 209 was the same price ($37) per container for the sake of argument, even though I can buy it of over $10 less than that per bottle.
Now to get an equivalent load to 2 Triple 7 Pellets using Blackhorn 209, you would take 100 gr by VOLUME charge, reduce it by 15% = 85 grains by weight. 85 gr WEIGHT x 0.7 = 59.5 grains by WEIGHT.
4375 gr / 59.5 = 73.529
(2 777 pellet equivqalent) shots per container. Or 50 cents per shot for BH209.
For an equivalent 3 pellet Triple 7 load of Blackhorn 209 you need 120 grains by VOLUME, which is 84 grains in WEIGHT.
4375 gr / 84 = 52.08
( 3 777 pellet equivalent) shots per container. Or 71 cents per shot for BH209.
Triple 7 = $1.11
BH209 = $0.71
100 gr Equivalent Load.
Triple 7 = $0.74
BH209 = $0.50
Looks like I could shoot magnum Blackhorn 209 loads for less than you can shoot 100 gr Equivalent loads of Triple 7 pellets!
So, now what powder is more expensive?
I paid $42
for a 10oz container of BH 209 (you paid $27
for a bottle of BH209?) , and $27 for a box of Triple 7 pellets. I only use 2 pellets (100 grs) per shot.
But you can consider me schooled, as soon as I have time, I'll start playing around with my expensive
BH 209, and I'll probably be addicted to the stuff, like I am with "Handi" toys. Speaking of which, I think I have to go looking for a new one, since my older son just absconded with my .223, after taking it to the range.
Just think, you can get quality schooling for free.
Busta, thanks again for your knowledge. BTW, I wish I could get BH for $27 a bottle, it took me going to 6 different gun & sporting goods stores, before I finally found a bottle in Ramsey, NJ., and it was the last bottle they had. Those NJ folks are crazy, they asked me for ID, just to buy the powder. I thought they weren't going to sell it to me since I wasn't a NJ resident.