Black Powder Ask opinions of other hunters on new technology, gear, and the methods of blackpowder hunting.

Sannadex Powder

Old 05-04-2011, 08:21 AM
Typical Buck
Thread Starter
arcticap's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Central Connecticut
Posts: 748
Default 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:
arcticap is offline  
Old 05-04-2011, 08:45 AM
Boone & Crockett
falcon's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Comance county, OK
Posts: 11,345

That powder seems to give a good kick.
falcon is offline  
Old 05-04-2011, 10:07 AM
Giant Nontypical
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 6,573


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.
lemoyne is offline  
Old 05-04-2011, 02:13 PM
Giant Nontypical
Muley Hunter's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Colorado
Posts: 9,556

Oh great! Pink kitty litter.

Plant fertilizer is a good place for it.
Muley Hunter is offline  
Old 05-04-2011, 02:35 PM
Join Date: May 2011
Location: 1
Posts: 1

It's nice video. Thanks for share.
bah10yaf15 is offline  
Old 05-05-2011, 05:06 AM
Fork Horn
bigboomer's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Brandon Fl
Posts: 134

I have to start using my glasses while I'm on the computer.... I thought he said "Spandex" Powder....
bigboomer is offline  
Old 05-05-2011, 01:59 PM
Nontypical Buck
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Rivesville, WV
Posts: 3,192

I thought all the sub's were sugar based?? Tom.
HEAD0001 is offline  
Old 05-05-2011, 02:10 PM
Giant Nontypical
Muley Hunter's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Colorado
Posts: 9,556

Originally Posted by HEAD0001 View Post
I thought all the sub's were sugar based?? Tom.
Pyrodex, BH 209, White Hots, and a few others aren't.
Muley Hunter is offline  
Old 05-05-2011, 03:46 PM
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Boncarbo,Colorado
Posts: 9,186

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.
MountainDevil54 is offline  
Old 05-05-2011, 04:41 PM
Nontypical Buck
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Kerrville, Tx. USA
Posts: 2,722

"Extremely hygroscopic"

They talk like this is a good thing??
txhunter58 is offline  

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.