Vihtavuori Blog: Vihtavuori N160 rifle powder for large & magnum caliber hunting

N160 rifle powder

Vihtavuori's N160 rifle powder is especially suitable for large and magnum calibers starting from 30-06 (heavier bullets), .243 Winchester, .260 Remington, 6.5 Creedmoor, 6.5x55 SE, 6,5-.284 Norma, 7 mm Weatherby Magnum, .300 Winchester Magnum, .338 Winchester Magnum and all the Winchester Short Magnums.

N160 is a tubular powder type with grain dimensions of 1,3 mm length and 1,1 mm diameter. The burn rate of is medium to slow on the scale of our rifle powders. The N160 is commonly used for big game hunting ammunition especially with heavier bullets.


Recommendation by our pros:

The N160 is a great solution for a long-barreled 6,5x55 SE caliber rifle using a 8,8 g / 136 gr – 9,0 g / 139 gr OTM bullet. The Vihtavuori N160 provides excellent case filling and a reasonable speed for accurate firing to up to 800 yards / meters.

For 6,5x55 SE applications we recommend trying:

  • Load of 2,90 g / 3.07 grs
  • Bullet: Lapua 6,5 mm 8,8 g / 136 gr OTM Scenar-L
  • Cartridge overall length 80,0 mm / 3.150’’

True story: black grouse hunting in the field 

As told by hunter 'Ese', using N160 in his loads:

“The black grouse season had just started. I was hiding in a young forest by a large field with my 6,5x55 SE rifle, waiting for the birds to come and begin their autumnal courtship display in the field. And suddenly, there they were, visible in the sky in the direction of the sunrise, a big flock of those beautiful black forest birds. They landed pretty far away, approximately 320 meters from my position.N160 grouse hunting
I thought to myself, I won’t get a single one if I don´t try! So I placed my rifle on my backpack, took aim and fired. The bullet hit the ground just in front of the bird I was aiming at and the whole flock leaped up on their wings. Can´t be, I thought, they are flying away! But no, thankfully they just made a short flight and landed back in the field to continue with their mating rituals. So, I got my second chance – just 2 more clicks up, aim, fire and snap! Nailed it!

When you know you can trust your gear, it´s that easy to go home with a nice black grouse in your backpack."


The Vihtavuori N160 rifle powder is available in 1 lbs, 1 kg and 3,5 kg containers, and in the USA also in 8 lbs canisters.


For Vihtavuori N160, we offer tested reloading data for the following calibers:

.243 Winchester - 6 XC - 6 mm Remington - .240 Weatherby Magnum - .25-06 Remington - 6.5 Creedmoor - .260 Remington - 6,5 x 55 Swedish Mauser - 6,5 x 55 SE / 6,5 x 55 SKAN - 6,5 - 284 Norma - .270 WSM - .270 Winchester - .270 Weatherby Magnum - 7 mm-08 Remington - 7 x 57 - 7 x 57R - 7 x 64 - 7 mm WSM - 7 mm Remington Magnum - 7 mm Weatherby Magnum - 7 mm RUM - .30-06 Springfield - .300 H&H Magnum - .300 WSM - .300 Winchester Magnum - .300 Lapua Magnum - .300 Remington Ultra Magnum - .30-.378 Weatherby Magnum - 8 x 57 IS (8mm Mauser) - .338 Winchester Magnum - .338 Lapua Magnum - .416 Rigby.