Western Powders’ Ballistics Lab

Western Powders in Miles City, Montana distribute the Ramshot and Accurate powder lines. They also have a first-rate ballistics lab and do a great deal of ballistics testing for a lot of different companies. For example, they might test 5.56 ammo produced for government contracts to verify it meets spec and generates the necessary port pressure to reliably cycle M4 rifles.

Several years back I spent a few days working with the smart guys at the Western Powders lab trying to blow up an in-line muzzle loader while playing with black powder and various substitutes…But that is another story.

I thought you might be interested in seeing inside their facility so here are a few photos from Western Powders.

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Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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One Response to Western Powders’ Ballistics Lab

  1. Having been to Western Powders and knowing some of the people that work there, it would be hard to find a better company.

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