Rheinmetall and RUAG subsidiary Nitrochemie Wimmis’ brand Reload Swiss has launched its universal powder RS76 for assembling rifle ammunition.

The new powder has been introduced at the IWA&Outdoor Classics trade fair held at Nuremberg, Germany.

The lead-free RS76 is an extruded, single-based propellant powder based on nitrocellulose and suitable for low-pollution ammunition.

It is designed for use in multiple calibres, including 7mm Remington Magnum, 338 Lapua Magnum, .338 Norma Magnum and .300 Norma Magnum.

Currently, the US Special Operations Command is assessing .338 Norma Magnum and .300 Norma Magnum application.

The RS76 joins the company’s product range as the 13th powder and is developed to narrow the gap between Reload Swiss’ tested and proven powders, RS70 and RS80.

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“We endowed the RS76 with a good pressure and velocity ratio, sensible temperature independence and a de-copperizing additive.”

Reload Swiss developer Dominik Antenen said: “The RS80 was ideal for the popular .338 Lapua Magnum with 300-grain projectiles. But when it was used with the equally popular 250-grain projectile, the results were no longer quite so good.”

“The objective was to pass on the good genes of the RS70 and RS80 to the RS76. With this in mind, we endowed the RS76 with a good pressure and velocity ratio, sensible temperature independence and a decopperising additive.

“It goes almost without saying that we included a muzzle flash suppressor in the package, as well as the best-possible stabiliser.”

The first production batch of RS76 will be made available in a 1kg can and a 10kg drum in the second quarter of this year.

Reload Swiss’ powder products are also used by German corporate teams from Heckler&Koch, and the Korth team among others.