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Bob Roller:
Never tried Elephant in a muzzle loader but loaded some 45 Colt for the BPCR shoot at Ralph Marcum's and noticed a lower leverl of power even with the compressed loads I used in that pistol.DuPont packed a wallop and was very noticeable.
Bob Roller

Jeff Murray:
I shot Elephant for a while many years ago when GOEX was not available locally.  IT seemed a little smokier.  Velocities over the chronograph were around 85-90% of those produced by GOEX.  When the charge was increased to produce the velocity that gave me the best groups with GOEX, the results were very consistent and produced tight groups.  Elephant produced some of the smallest standard deviations in velocity -shot to shot - that I recorded with that rifle.

Mad Monk:

--- Quote from: Jeff Murray on November 24, 2021, 05:40:46 AM ---I shot Elephant for a while many years ago when GOEX was not available locally.  IT seemed a little smokier.  Velocities over the chronograph were around 85-90% of those produced by GOEX.  When the charge was increased to produce the velocity that gave me the best groups with GOEX, the results were very consistent and produced tight groups.  Elephant produced some of the smallest standard deviations in velocity -shot to shot - that I recorded with that rifle.

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They did a good job of polishing the powder grains in their polishing barrels.  I wrote a booklet on how that powder plant was operated with a very large number of photos.  But dealing with the plant in Brazil on a daily basis was extremely frustrating.

Marcruger:
Dobyns, can I ask why you decided to mix all of the grades/brands of powder together?   You may have had some powder that was acceptable shooting if you had kept them separate.  You are sort of left with an indeterminate grade of low-performing powder now.  Just trying to think through you reasoning.  God Bless,  Marc

hanshi:
Around the late '90s and early 2,000s I used quite a bit of Elephant since usually that was all I could get.  I don't recall ever chronographing it.  It did it's job in the woods, was accurate so I was quite satisfied with the results.  Can't say whether or not it was "dirtier" than other powders.  I've just never, ever come across a "clean" black powder.

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