What is happening in Nevada?
The Nevada Department of Wildlife will be meeting in Reno on December 6 and 7, 2013 to review current game laws. One of the petitions before them will concern the legalization of Blackhorn 209 for use during Nevada's muzzleloading season.
In September of 2011, the Board of Wildlife Commissioners specifically banned Blackhorn 209 because it was based on Nitrated Ester, which they believe made it a smokeless powder. This conclusion overlooked the simple fact that the powder base does not determine a powder's classification. It is the powder's burn characteristics.
Blackhorn 209 is recognized in the United States and internationally as a black powder substitute with the same burn characteristics as Triple 7 and Pyrodex. As such, it should be included in the list of legal powders for Nevada's muzzleloader season.
We are asking you to help Nevada residents win the right to use Blackhorn 209. Nevada resident Travis Bertrand is gathering comments and letters of support to submit to the Board of Wildlife Commissioners along with his petition for legalization.
Send your letter of support to Travis at the link below:
The Facts about Blackhorn 209
1. What is Blackhorn 209?
Blackhorn 209 is a safe, clean granular propellant designed to be loaded volumetrically in the same manner as black powder in muzzleloaders with 209 ignition systems. Blackhorn 209 is also suitable for black powder cartridges.
2. Is Blackhorn 209 is a smokeless powder?
NO. The regulatory authorities who determine the classification of energetic materials - The Explosives Bureau, U.S. D.O.T. and Canadian Energy Research Laboratories - have all determined the classification of Blackhorn 209 to be US/UN PROPELLANT, SOLID, UN0499. Smokeless powders are classified as POWDER, SMOKELESS, UN0161.