Vihtavuori 3N38 – the choice of ISPC pistol shooters

3N38 – the choice of practical shooters

3N38 handgun powder

Vihtavuori's 3N38 powder is designed especially for competitive handgun shooting with high-velocity loads in 9 mm, .38 Super and .40 S&W cartridges. It's a single-based, tubular powder type, and one of our small granule powders (0,6 mm length x 0,6 mm diameter). The 3N38 is a popular powder for practical shooting especially among IPSC and USPSA shooters. A relatively slow-burning powder, 3N38 is a perfect choice for making Major loads with good accuracy and clean-burning characteristics, for which Vihtavuori is renowned. 

Marika Koskinen (FIN), bronze medallist in the Open Ladies Team event in the 2017 Russia Rifle World Shoot, has been using Vihtavuori's 3N38 in her major loads for a long time.

Marika Koskinen 2017

This is how she describes our 3N38:

“I compete in IPSC Open class. In Open class it's popular to use Major class cartridges which we load ourselves. In order to succeed, it is crucial to find a well-performing and reliable powder. Vihtavuori 3N38 is a perfect choice for my needs: the powder works excellent with different powder measures and I can be sure that every cartridge is loaded with the exactly right amount of powder. This is especially important when loaded quantities are big and deviations have to be minimal.

3N38 is a slow-burning powder. The low-enough burning speed enables the use of big powder amounts while pressure stays at an acceptable level. A large amount of powder guarantees sufficient power and produces the right amount of combustion gases to make the combination work optimally.

For me, powder 3N38 means great reliability, consistency, ease of use and excellent shooting characteristics.“


Tips from our Pro’s:

Try heavy loads with 9mm Major


Reloading data is available for the following calibers:

7,62 x 25 Tokarev - 9 mm Luger - 9x21 - .40 S & W - .500 S&W Magnum

Vihtavuori 3N38 handgun powder is available in 0,5 kg and 2 kg containers and in the USA 1 lbs and 4 lbs containers.