Powders & Ammunition
Update on ADI Pistol and Shotgun Powders
12 November 2015
Those of you who use our AP and AS series powders will be acutely aware that availability of these powders has been sporadic over the past couple of years. There are a number of factors that have contributed to this situation, and if you are already aware of these, please skip over the next section to see the current status and planned availability of the specific type of powder you are interested in.
As we reported before, a production issue in 2013 rendered us temporarily unable to produce AP70N. After this was resolved, a propellant burn event at our flake (shotgun and pistol) powder drying building temporarily halted our production of these powders. Fortunately the building is operated by remote control, so none of our production personnel were injured. The clean-up of the old site, and construction and commissioning of the new facility, took more than a year to complete.
Subsequent to a review of this event, we needed to introduce process changes and controls that affected our ability to produce pistol and shotgun powders throughout the remainder of 2014 and into 2015. We are now also commissioning an entire new powder plant, and as part of this process we are making changes to our powder range to ensure that it can be made safely and sustainably on the new equipment. We are planning to manufacture a significant amount of buffer stock to ensure that powder supply continues uninterrupted during the phased switchover to the new plant, currently planned to occur during the second half of 2016. The new pistol and shotgun powders will be known as the APS (Australian Pistol and Shotgun) series of propellants, and will start becoming available from mid-2016. AS and AP series propellants will remain available at least until the middle of 2017.
The following paragraphs explain the current status and availability in our storage magazines of each type of AS or AP powder. Please allow some time for any product to be available at the retail level, as the storage, transport and distribution of smokeless propellant powders are quite heavily regulated and delays in the supply chain that are outside of our control can occur.
500g jars are in stock and we do not foresee any issues affecting availability.
2 kilogram jars are limited at the moment, but will be fully available again in December 2015. Please allow some time for these to reach retailers.
We are now finalising a batch of this powder. Provided that it passes all tests, both 500g and 2kg jars should become freely available from December 2015 onwards.
We do not have any AP50N in stock at the moment, and due to some issues we experienced with production of AP50N we do not expect to have any available for distribution until March 2016. Limited supply will be resumed in March, and AP50N should return to full availability in April 2016. Please allow some time for full supply to reach retailers.
Manufacturing a batch of powder is extremely complex and time consuming, and takes at least 6 months from start to finish. Our buffer stock of AP50N was depleted after the unusual production issues described in the background section of this notice. Please be assured that we are doing our utmost to reliably restore the supply of AP50N as quickly as possible.
Both 500g and 2kg jars will be in limited supply for the remainder of 2015, but full supply will be resumed in January 2016. Please allow some time for full supply of AP70N to reach retailers.
AP100 and Trail Boss®
No shortages in supply of these powders are currently foreseen.
Please visit our website at adi-powders.com.au for updates, reloading data and contact details for reloading enquiries. Here are the links to the “where-to-buy” pages of our official distributors:
- Nioa Trading: http://www.nioa.com.au/about/find-a-dealer
- Outdoor Sporting Agencies: http://www.osaaustralia.com.au/where-to-buy/
- Winchester Australia: https://www.winchesteraustralia.com.au/store-finder
Finally, we are aware that there are many rumours going around about ADI Powders. We urge you to only take seriously what you read on our website, or hear directly from our appointed spokespeople and official distributors.
Enjoy our sport, and stay safe out there.
Sales Director, Australian Munitions
First Ever SSAA SHOT Expo Brisbane
28 October 2015
22-23 August 2015
Australian Munitions, civilian firearms enthusiasts and professional hunters and shooters were among those that helped make the first ever Brisbane SSAA Shot Expo an astounding success.
The Sporting Shooter's Association of Australia is the nation's biggest organisation for sporting shooters. With hundreds of brands on display, celebrities and over 12,000 attendees throughout the weekend it is of no surprise those working at the event had little time to breath.
Visitors to the event had the opportunity to see, touch and purchase all those products and services we know and love, as well as a number of new brands and companies. Topics among the displays also included safety and training, conservation, ethical hunting, responsible shooting and shooter protection, not to mention the ever popular working gun dogs display. While there were many a disappointed face when told we couldn't facilitate the sale of powders or ammunition at the event, the positivity and interest around Australian Munitions, Australian Outback and ADI World Class brands was staggering and we appreciate all your support.
Our 8th edition Handloaders Guide flew off the display shelves faster than they could be filled, with rationing required by Saturday afternoon to ensure we had some left for Sunday's attendees.
Additionally, the queue of people waiting to talk to our ballistic scientists was so long at times that talks being had were more like group presentations, with our customers extending into thoroughfares 5 and 6 people deep.
Big thank you's to all those that attended for helping make the event such a success and we can't wait for the next one.
ADI Powders and Ammunition announces additional distributors
23 May 2015
ADI Powders and Ammunition will soon add Outdoor Sporting Agencies (OSA) and NIOA as distributors of ADI World Class Powders and Ammunition.
"We are very fortunate to have a company with Winchester's reach and experience distributing our products," said Ferdi Kluever, Sales Director of ADI Powders and Ammunition. "The addition of OSA and NIOA to our already highly effective distribution team will further improve customer access to our Australian-made reloading powder - the fuel of choice for the local shooting industry."
"Increasing the number of ways gunshops can get hold of our powder and ammunition can only be a good thing for the Australian shooter. The vastness of our country and the fact that the greatest need for powder is often in the most remote areas makes for very challenging powder distribution logistics, but we are confident we now have a team in place that can reach our customers, wherever they are."
ADI Powders and Ammunition will be available to dealers through OSA and NIOA from mid-August 2015.
ADI Powders releases largest ever Handloaders' Guide
20 May 2015
ADI Powders has released the 8th Edition of its Handloaders' Guide - the essential toolkit for Aussie reloaders.
Following on from the previous version, this year's guide is once again packed with essential reloading data and a raft of articles as well.
In fact, it's the largest issue ever with more than 5,500 loads, including the addition of new cartridge loads for 26 Nosler, 357 Herrett and 6mm Dasher.
Ferdi Kluever, Sales Director for ADI Powders, said the recent revamping of the guide had been a hit with the shooting community. "This is now the third edition of the new format, and adding features has proven very popular with reloaders. Our goal is to make the guide an increasingly comprehensive reference that provides not only data, but interesting insights into the sport we all love."
The guide will be available from June wherever ADI Powders are sold, as well as on the website at www.adi-powders.com.au.
CORRECTION of notice regarding ADI Pistol and Shotgun powders
31 March 2015
On 16 March, Australian Munitions released a notice regarding future developments in ADI Pistol and Shotgun powders. The notice incorrectly stated that the new range of APS powders will be phased in from May this year (2015).
The new range of APS powders will be phased in from May 2016. Until then, Australian Munitions will produce enough AS30N, AS50N, AP50N and AP70N to ensure that the forecast needs of our Australian reloading customers can be met. In addition to this, we will produce adequate stocks of these powders to allow for a period of around one year where both ranges (APS and AS/AP powders) will be available.
Australian Munitions apologises for this error, it was simply a matter of human error in getting the date wrong.
We are aware that our customers in some areas are still experiencing some difficulties getting hold of our powders. This is partly due to absolutely unprecedented demand, coupled with some localised issues with distribution logistics. Transporting significant quantities of powder - classified as a Hazard Division 1.3C material - to all corners of Australia in full compliance with the various applicable state and federal regulations remains an extremely challenging task. We are working very hard to improve the situation, as we would like every reloader in Australia to have ready access to our products.
Enjoy our sport, and stay safe.
Sales Director, Australian Munitions
NOTICE regarding ADI powder in Queensland
12 March 2015
Australian Munitions regrets to announce that we are currently experiencing some logistical difficulties with the distribution of powder in Queensland. We are working with our distributor to resolve the problem as soon as possible, and normal supply is expected to resume before the end of March. We appreciate your patience during this time, and would like to assure you that there are no production problems with most types of reloading powder we manufacture.
We do experience temporary disruptions to the supply of some powders from time to time, and currently AP50N and AP70N are affected by a disruption in manufacturing due to some changes we are making to the way we manufacture our pistol and shotgun powders. These changes are necessary to ensure that we can sustainably manufacture these products for many years to come.
We would also like to remind all reloaders of the challenges associated with transporting powder around Australia safely and in accordance with all the various state and federal regulations applicable to dangerous goods. Australian Munitions and our distributor, Winchester Australia, will continue to do our best to ensure maximum availability of the entire range of ADI powders to all corners of our vast country. We sincerely appreciate your continued support of our World-Class Australian made products.
Enjoy our sport and be safe out there.
Sales Director, Australian Munitions
NOTICE regarding ADI Pistol and Shotgun powders
12 March 2015
Australian Munitions is making some changes to the way we manufacture our pistol and shotgun powders. These changes are necessary to ensure that we can sustainably manufacture these products for many years to come. We are making changes to both the manufacturing process and formulation of the powders, in order to sustain the manufacturability and throughput of the Australian Shotgun (AS) and Australian Pistol (AP) series powders.
The result of this change will be a new series of powders that will give our customers the performance excellence you have come to expect from ADI powders in both shotgun and pistol applications. This new series of powders will be called the APS series of powders, starting with APS35 that will replace AS30N, and APS45 that will replace both AS50N and AP50N. You will see these powders start appearing on the shelves after May this year, and we will be making reloading data available for them on our website and in the 2015 edition of our reloading manual, which will be released in May. Our development of APS-series powders to replace AP70N is well under way, but we will continue to supply AP70N throughout 2015 until the new powder is ready for release. AP100 manufacture is not affected by these changes, as it is manufactured differently.
While we are making these changes, it is unfortunately possible that you may experience some difficulty obtaining AS30N, AP50N and AS50N. This is due to the fact that it is getting more difficult for us to run the old process regularly, which is an important part of the reasoning behind making the changes. We ask that you please remain patient during this time, as the changes are essential to ensuring that we can continue making these powders in Australia well into the future.
Thank you for your ongoing support, and for using our World Class powders, proudly made in Australia. We appreciate your custom.
Be safe out there, and enjoy your reloading.
Sales Director, Australian Munitions
ADI Powders return to full production
13 January 2015
For those of you affected by the disruption in manufacture of flake powders, it will no doubt come as welcome news that ADI is once again in full production of AS30N, AP50N, AS50N, AP70N and AP100.
It may take a while for us and our distributor to get AP70N to every corner of Australia, so we ask that you continue to be patient if your gunshop does not immediately receive supply. Please be assured that we are producing large volumes of powder, and that any difficulty you may have getting hold of any of our powers at the moment is most likely due to the challenges associated with physically moving powder around Australia.
Thank you for your loyalty to our proudly Australian made products during this period.
NOTICE regarding Pistol and Shotgun powders
12 June 2014
As mentioned on www.adi-powders.com, we had a production issue in 2013 that saw us unable to produce AP70N. After this was resolved, a propellant burn event at our flake (shotgun and pistol) powder drying building temporarily halted our production of these powders. Fortunately the building is operated by remote control, so none of our production personnel were injured.
Please note that this building only processed flake powder, and our rifle powder production was not affected in any way.
We are now preparing to recommission the flake powder drying facility, and will have AP70N on the shelves again towards the latter part of this year.
Our current stock of AP50 is also running low, and we expect that it may be in short supply during the second half of 2014 until we recommence production of flake propellant and get through the backlog of production of flake powders.
Please be assured that we are doing everything we can to speed up the process, but as safety is our number one priority, we are not able to restart production of flake powders until the new building is properly commissioned and can be operated to the highest safety standards.
I would like to emphasize again: production of rifle powders continues at full capacity, and we have ample stocks of all variants of rifle powders.
Thank you for your ongoing support, and for using our World Class powders, proudly made in Australia. As ever, we appreciate your custom.
Head of Sales, Australian Munitions
Disruptions to powder supply - AP70N
4 February 2014
We regret to inform reloaders that, due to an ongoing issue affecting the production of AP70N, we will not be able to supply AP70N until the middle of 2014. Please note that none of our other powders are affected, we continue to produce and stock our entire range of reloading powders. We regret any inconvenience caused by this disruption.
Disruptions to powder supply
6 June 2013
ADI Powders are aware that some of our customers may have lately experienced some difficulty in getting hold of some of our powders. We are aware of some temporary disruptions to powder supply at the moment, resulting in a few localised powder shortages. These disruptions are due to a combination of several factors, including regulatory changes, operational changes by transport contractors, and changes to our distribution arrangements. We are working with our distributor to address the issues created by these changes.
Bench Mark 8208 launches at Shot Show
13 June 2012
ADI Powders is launching its extruded Bench Mark 8208 propellant at this week's Shot Show in Sydney, responding to consumer demand for a product that has gained significant plaudits overseas.
This short grain reloading powder is already a hit in the US, where it has quickly acquired a deserved reputation among serious shooters for accuracy and stability over a wide temperature range.
The secret to the powder's success is found in ADI Powders' legendary Ballistic Temperature Independence properties. Closely guarded manufacturing techniques, developed over many decades supplying military-grade powders, ensure that Bench Mark 8208 performs with rock-solid consistency in extreme heat and cold, easing the burden performance shooters face when dealing with changing temperatures.
As with all ADI reloading powders, Bench Mark 8208 will maintain consistency from lot to lot, meaning that a load developed for this powder will need less tweaking when moving to a newly-bought can. This consistency is the result of a stringent manufacturing process that focuses on quality from start to finish, and is governed by military production standards. Every lot of ADI sporting powder is tested for ballistic performance using specialised proof barrels.
Bench Mark 8208 is now available at retailers across Australia, and is perfected for today's most popular match, varmint and hunting rounds. For a full list of suggested calibres and reloading data, please visit www.adi-powders.com.au/handloaders-guide or ask your ADI propellant stockist for a reloading data sheet for ADI Bench Mark 8208.
5th edition Handloaders' guide released
3 June 2010
The 5th edition of the ADI Powders Handloaders' Guide is now available, click here to download.
New pistol cartridges data added ...
27 October 2009
Reloading data for 18 new pistol cartridges has been added to our comprehensive range. The new cartridges include: 6.5mm TCU, 6.5mm BR, 6.5mm JDJ, 270 Ren, 7-30 Waters, 327 Federal Magnum, 38 Short Colt, 38 Long Colt, 35 Remington, 9 x 18mm Makarov, 375 Super Mag, 44 Colt, 44 Russian, 445 Super Mag, 45 GAP, 45 Super, 450 Extreme and 480 Ruger. In addition new data has also been added to some existing pistol calibres.
New rifle cartridges data added ...
20 July 2009
Reloading data for 9 new rifle cartridges has been added to our comprehensive range. The new rifle cartridges include: 20 Tactical, 221 Fireball, 22 BR Remington, 257 Kimber, 6.5mm BR, 6.5 x 50mm Japanese, 300 Ruger Compact Magnum, 338 Ruger Compact Magnum and 376 Steyr. In addition new data has also been added to some existing rifle calibres.
More data added!
19 December 2007
Reloading data for the 460 S&W Magnum pistol cartridge and 14 new rifle cartridges has been added to our extensive range of data. The new rifle cartridges include 338 Federal, 7mm BR Remington, 325 WSM, 6.8 SPC Remington, 257 Weatherby Magnum, 17 Remington Fireball, 348 Winchester, 338-378 Weatherby Magnum, 280 Ackley Improved, 40-65 Winchester, 405 Winchester, 9.3mm x 74R, 375 Ruger and 308 Marlin Express.
New propellant Trail Boss released
17 July 2007
After unprecedented success within the U.S single action shooting market - including the prestigious SASS WOOLY "Product of the year" award - Trail Boss will be available to the Australian re-loader from mid-August 2007.
After six years development, and using advanced design technology, Trail Boss is perfectly suited to the low velocity projectile loads used in single action shooting. Trail Boss allows high loading volumes of between 50 to 100% in normal applications - this yields reduced position sensitivity and decreased velocity variation - not to mention enhanced safety since double-loading becomes almost impossible. This innovative propellant also achieves superior flow characteristics even though it has a reduced bulk density. And, it has an absolutely unique appearance that makes it extremely difficult to mistake this propellant for any other.
Please follow the attached links and read the rave reviews and comments from prestigious U.S shooting magazines on this new and revolutionary propellant.
AR2206H replaces AR2206
11 July 2007
Propellant AR2206H is finally set to replace AR2206 on the Australian & New Zealand reloading market. AR2206H is an improved variation of AR2206, and is designed to optimise heavy projectile performance where it increases projectile velocity while at the same time reduces chamber pressures. It is suitable for use in a similar range of calibres and powder loads as AR2206.
AR2206H was released into the North American market in 1999, and is distributed by the Hodgdon Powder Co. under the brand name H4895. This powder has proven to be extremely popular in the USA due to its superior loading consistency and its unrivalled performance stability in severe temperature variations. Distribution to such a demanding and variable market also means that we can offer more reloading data to cover your favourite calibre-projectile combinations. Australian handloaders can now experience the many benefits of reloading with AR2206H.
Colour change of AR2205
10 May 2007
The colour of AR2205 has been made darker to align its appearance with other ADI sporting propellants sold in the US market. The change in colour has not changed the powder's ballistic performance therefore reloading data using AR2205 does not need to be altered.
Review of pack sizes for rifle powders
24 November 2006
ADI has recently reviewed propellants and the pack sizes offered in the Australian and New Zealand commercial markets. Due to low volume sales of 4kg packs of AR2205, AR2213SC and AR2217, it has been decided to offer these products in the 500 gram container only. Bench Mark 1, Bench Mark 2, AR2219 and AR2225 will also be available in the 500g pack only. However due to increase popularity of the propellant AR2206H, it will now be available in the 500g and the 4kg container sizes.
4th edition Handloaders' Guide news release
16 December 2004
The 4th edition of the ADI Powders Handloaders' Guide is now available, click HERE for more information.
New Propellant AR2225 released
6 October 2004
This new ADI propellant has a very slow burning rate and is optimised for the 300 Remington Ultra Magnum cartridge. It is also suitable for large capacity magnum cases and small overbore cartridges.
New Single Action Data!
6 September 2004
Reloading data for propellant AR2206H has been included in calibres 30-30 Winchester, 38-55 Winchester and 45-70 Government. The rifle cartridges 45-120 Sharps and 50-140 Sharps have also been introduced to our range.
30 August 2004
Reloading data for 14 new rifle cartridges has been introduced to our comprehensive range. The new rifle cartridges include: 204 Ruger, 223 WSSM, 243 WSSM, 270 WSSM, 7mm WSM, 7mm Remington Ultra Mag, 300 Remington SA Ultra Mag, 7mm Remington SA Ultra Mag, 338 Remington Ultra Mag, 6mm-250, 6.5-284, 338 Lapua Mag, 375 Remington Ultra Mag, 450 Marlin.
New propellant AR2206H released.
18 August 2004
This new ADI propellant has a burning rate slightly slower than the AR2206 powder and is in between the AR2206 and AR2208 powders. It is a very versatile powder in a range of calibres giving outstanding accuracy.
New propellant AR2219 released.
18 May 2004
This new ADI propellant was originally developed for the Australian Defence Force for use in 5.56mm weapons. The burning rate for AR2219 lies between Bench Mark 1 and Bench Mark 2. This propellant offers excellent accuracy, repeatability and reliability in small and medium capacity cartridges.