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arcticap 05-04-2011 08:21 AM

Sannadex Powder
In South Africa there's a pink colored sub powder that's named Sannadex.
The dex in its name refers to the fact that it's made from dextrose.

There's a photo and description of the powder on Page 3 of the following pdf:

•Locally manufactured
•Made from dextrose (sugar)
•Synthetic black powder substitute
•Extremely hygroscopic
•Less fouling than conventional black powder
•Cleaner burning
•Less dense than conventional black powder
•Cheap alternative to conventional black powder
•Available in Rifle (ffg) and Pistol (fffg) grain
•Pinkish in color
•Is totally water soluble
•Very good plant fertilizer
•Packaged in 500 gram tin
A simple Google search of Sannadex will turn up videos of guns being fired with it, photos of African hunters who used it with success and threads with information about it. Here's a good video about it, just click the arrow on the page below:

falcon 05-04-2011 08:45 AM

That powder seems to give a good kick.

lemoyne 05-04-2011 10:07 AM


Sannadex is a locally manufactured brand of black powder, characterized by its pinkish color.
It is made from dextrose (sugar) and is a cheaper, synthetic substitute to black powder.
Sannadex is extremely hygroscopic, which causes its efficiency to deteriorate over time. This however can be overcome by storing the Sannadex in an airtight container and keeping it away from sources of moisture. It is completely water soluble and makes an excellent plant fertilizer.
Sannadex burns a lot cleaner than conventional black powder, allowing you to be able to shoot more shots before cleaning the barrel of your rifle.
It is less dense than conventional black powder, thus a higher load of Sannadex will be needed to have the same effect as the same amount of conventional black powder.
Sannadex is available in Pistol and Rifle grain, pistol grain being finer than rifle grain. Pistol grain burns faster than rifle grain, and is therefore more suited for small caliber rifles and pistols.

It is made on the same principle as APP works in flint locks and has more potential energy due to a better formula.
There are some people using it in missouri, I hope it becomes available here, it is always fun to have something new to play with and for people that have trouble getting black powder for flint locks it would be very helpful.

Muley Hunter 05-04-2011 02:13 PM

Oh great! Pink kitty litter.

Plant fertilizer is a good place for it.

bah10yaf15 05-04-2011 02:35 PM

It's nice video. Thanks for share.

bigboomer 05-05-2011 05:06 AM

I have to start using my glasses while I'm on the computer.... I thought he said "Spandex" Powder....

HEAD0001 05-05-2011 01:59 PM

I thought all the sub's were sugar based?? Tom.

Muley Hunter 05-05-2011 02:10 PM

Originally Posted by HEAD0001 (Post 3805767)
I thought all the sub's were sugar based?? Tom.

Pyrodex, BH 209, White Hots, and a few others aren't.

MountainDevil54 05-05-2011 03:46 PM

you sure white hots aint sugar based? I always heard t hey were T7 without the color added.

Leaves a crud ring just like T7 as well.

txhunter58 05-05-2011 04:41 PM

"Extremely hygroscopic"

They talk like this is a good thing??

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