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Hodgdon CFE 223 Propellant

The Hodgdon CFE 223 Propellant was developed for the military, and contains proprietary chemistry that deters fouling.


Originally developed for the U.S. military, CFE 223 contains proprietary chemistry named “Copper Fouling Eraser,” which deters fouling while shooting; the result is lengthened periods between cleanings, and less time spent doing so.

Being a spherical propellant, CFE 223 meters easily. Handloading data for CFE 223 is currently available for 27 different cartridges, from .17 Rem. to .375 H&H Mag, in 147 loads, and is offered in 1- and 8-pound containers, retailing for $22 and $152, respectively.

Contact: Hodgdon; (913) 362-9455;

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2 Responses to Hodgdon CFE 223 Propellant

Michael wrote:
May 11, 2013

Anything that can remove copper needs to be looked at very carefully. Im all for less cleaning etc, but kids are going to be around this stuff and as of now no one has explained to me how it works or what chemicals or reactions are involved. Anyone who thinks that because our servicemen are using it so it must be OK should ask them about agent orange or a whole bunch of problems involved with inoculations given them before going to Iraq and Afghanistan. I just want to be safe, especially for my kids that shoot with me.

Don wrote:
April 27, 2012

Seems like it does reduce the degree of copper fouling....tried it in my AR and ran a couple hun. rds through, then gave it my standard cleaning, it came clean in half the time. Accuracy was very reasonable, for the first set of loads, anyway...more testing to do, but it seems like it is definitely worth consideration for those wanting to extend shooting time between cleaning at the range....'your mileage may vary', of course, but it will certainly have a place in my powder selection from now on.....good stuff, Hodgdon!