Hodgdon Powder Company and IMR

Inyathi Sporting Supplies are proud to be distributors of Hodgdon and IMR powder in South Africa. The Hodgdon Powder Company began in 1952 as B.E. Hodgdon, Inc., and has become a major distributor of smokeless powder for the ammunition industry, as well as for individuals who load their own ammunition by hand. The company's corporate office and manufacturing facilities are located in Kansas, United States. Hodgdon acquired IMR Powder Company in 2003. Winchester branded reloading powders have been distributed in the United States by Hodgdon since March 2006. In January 2009 Hodgdon acquired GOEX Powder, Inc., located in Minden, Louisiana, the only manufacturer of black powder in the USA.[1] Together these product lines make Hodgdon one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of gunpowder in the world.


Hodgdon’s H4895 rifle powder has been around for a long time. It was the first publicly available powder sold by Bruce Hodgdon. Hodgdon claims H4895 is “a most versatile powder,” which may be something of an understatement.

H4895 is listed for everything from the .17 Remington to the .458 Winchester Magnum and throughout that range, it has developed a reputation for providing predictably excellent accuracy. For those cartridges for which data is published it generally handles all but very heavy-for-calibre bullets. H4895 is relatively insensitive to temperature changes and produces very consistent velocities and pressures across the temperature spectrum from 0 to 125 degrees Fahrenheit. Like many other powders, H4895 has gone through some formulation updates over the years, so even if you have used it before, check the Hodgdon website for the most current data.

Fortunately, Hodgdon does a great job of publishing extensive data for nearly all cartridges on their website Their technical support has been top notch over the years and a call to 913-362-9455 will often get you information about loads and cartridges not listed.

While there are other Hodgdon powders, such as Varget, that can cover the same type of calibre range as H4895, H4895 has one great trick up its sleeve that makes it stand out from any other powder. It is the most useful powder on the market for reduced recoil and lowered velocity loads. When you are looking to reduce recoil, muzzle blast and want a softer shooting load, this powder really shines. As the Hodgdon site states “It is the slowest burning propellant that ignites uniformly at reduced charges.”