Thought it was interesting and a bit funny that Alliant (ATK) is manufacturing 700X for Hodgdon........
After their legal battle over Clays VS Clays Dot it seems strange that they are now working together....
A story during Vietnam era was that Hercules (now Alliant) was making 700X for DuPont, because DuPont busy was making powder for 5.56 Nato. I don't remember if DuPont was making ball powder for Olin, or a replacement powder for the 5.56 Nato.
For the last few years prior to the IMR company being sold to Hodgdon, the packaging company for IMR located in Plattsburgh, New York was forced to reject train cars with shipments of powder, as the powder did not meed minimum standards when tested by the packaging company.
Thus the shortage of various powders such as PB at the time.
I assume that some powder was packaged that was right at the minimum standard, but that's just me speaking.
A reliable rumor (note: already an oxymoron) suggests to me that the plant in Canada where 700X is/was made was having problems with the mfg. process and asked Alliant to temporarily take on the job of making the powder which was then marketed by Hodgdon as it has for the last couple of years. Whether making the stuff is back to the Canada plant or still coming out of Alliant is not known in my rumor source.....breakemall.....Bob Dodd
Hodgdon bought out the Plattsburgh packaging contract a few years back, at the time they purchased IMR. As far as I know the Plattsburgh plant is closed.
I live maybe fifteen minutes from the old plant and have not heard any recent news, but if someone has heard it's been placed back in operation that would be great news, as we were able to get are reloads tested at the plant as the owner shot at the local club.