It seems that after "Gun Powder" we moved on to the Nitro 'Smokeless' Powders that were 'Single Base' or 'Double Base' powders .. then we got 'Triple Base' - but the propellant mixes have become more & more complex with additives for this and additives for that - that they really now are all multi-based.
- This next link might be a real 'time waster' as I found vast amounts of new tech stuff to think about .. I started reading it to learn how these nitro compounds were controlled as rocket fuels but NASA dragged me in and held me there for an hour or so ..
- But if you are really into the shooting sport and fancy being able to make your own ammo from the four ingredients
- that process is fairly simple if you are not a clumsy bugger who's all thumbs & not allowed in the kitchen near hot surfaces or the knife drawer .. and if that is you well you definitely shouldn't be handling firearms either.
I really find making my own rounds with a die-set on a simple 'single stage' press very satisfying and economic - but don't kid yourself that you'll save money by rolling your own as you'll be shooting MUCH MORE of it for fun and likely you'll try variations such as heavier & lighter loads plus perhaps even DUPLEX loads where legal - these are now of course banned in NZ.
I taught myself 'Hand Loading' by reading books all about it - but it might be better if you have a mate who is re-loading and happy to show you what is involved.