single-base powder

single-base powder

[′siŋ·gəl ¦bās ′pau̇d·ər]
(materials)
An explosive or propellant powder in which nitrocellulose is the only active ingredient.
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You would think a single-base powder (i.e., the so-called "cooler" powders) has a longer throat life than a double-base powder because the nitroglycerin in the double-base powder increases the flame temperature.
A single-base powder contains nitrocellulose, whereas a double-base powder contains nitrocellulose and nitroglycerine.
European shotshell manufacturers universally use single-base powders (made exclusively of nitro cellulose) that's made by soaking cotton in nitric acid.
In addition to ammunition, CBC produces a line of single-base powders that is available through various channels here in the United States.