For the first night of the Midnight 3 Gun match I was running Federal bulk-pack 115gr FMJ. After the first stage on the second night of the match, I had to break into a box of WWB ball ammo and...
That was stage two, which involved a stroll downrange on a roped off
path that started out with the shotgun and finished with some cardboard
pistol targets. In between were some steel plates and a triple plate
rack that were optional pistol/shotgun targets.
I'd been slow but accurate with the pistol and reloading the shotgun on
the clock could be timed with an hourglass, so once I broke all the clays, I ditched
the gauge and drew my pistol and on the first target noticed I had a
problem: My smokeless powder wasn't.
Gray steel and brown cardboard against beige desert dust, the whole
thing obscured by a floating cloud of smoke lit bright white with my CTC LightGuard. Without the light the targets blended almost perfectly with the
background. With the light the smoke was like fog lit by high beams.
Here is my question, internets: Was it the switch to the WWB that
produced more smoke? Or was it some trick of the weather (the air had
gotten distinctly colder and clammier as we neared the dew point)?