Originally Posted By kjk200:
Last night, I was shooting some of my first reloads for my ar, and I was approached by an older friend that asked what I was shooting. After some small talk, he asked what kinda powder I was loading. I said that I think this batch was 4198 or what ever, but my first loads where with bl-c(2). He proceded to tell me (very politily) that I should think about sticking to a stick powder, because ball powder does not burn up entirely and in an AR or (m-16 specifically) that the residue with eventually cause a malfunction. He said that in "Nam" ball powder got a bunch of his friends killed, because the malfunctions happened when they needed their rifles the most. He admitted that my rifle would never see that kind of abuse and or use, but that I should know. I think he recommended that I use 4064, but any stick powder would be better in the AR. He is a VERY knowledgeable shooter and reloader, but I think he might be "a product of his past".
I have MANY different types of powder to pick from, so I am thinking about his suggestion.
What Say You!
He is also wrong. Today's ball powders are not cut with cheap cannon powder and (not so) inert fillers, so do not create a scale deposit and jamming issue. There are lots of good reasons to use stick powders, and lots of good reasons to use ball powders. This isn't one of them either way.