Cannon powder?


July 24, 2008, 04:08 PM
Anyone have a contact for cannon powder? VERY corse looks like gravel. My source dried up and I'm running low for my cannon. Thanks, MG

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July 24, 2008, 04:16 PM
at one point i had a hard time finding powder too. what i did was looked on the Goex website. they have a distributor listing.

Now what i did was contacted the local distributors by email. I explained i need powder and need to know who they sell to that i can get it from. With in a day i had emails back to me on who they sold powder too. One of them was a local gunshop that had told me the previous week they were out of powder. When i learned that the distributor supplied that gun shop i wrote them back and asked if they could send them powder. The distributor contacted the gun shop arranged a shipment. A few days later i went to the gunshop asked if they had goex yet. The owner smiled and said he got a great deal on a powder purchased. So we both made out. I now seem to have no problem getting powder from this gun shop.

July 24, 2008, 04:18 PM
i believe its 1F your looking for. if all else fails you may need to try 2f

July 24, 2008, 05:20 PM
No, he needs cannon powder. Much larger grain size.

July 24, 2008, 05:43 PM
slightly OT, but what would happen if you were to use a different powder?

July 24, 2008, 08:27 PM

They have it for 14 a pound. You just have to order 25lbs at a time but you can mix and match. I also believe hazmat is included in the price the only thing extra is shipping.

July 24, 2008, 11:02 PM
Too small of grain powder in a large bore will burn too quickly and could burst the breech. Larger grain burns more slowly and pushes out the ball. BTW, bore size is 1 1/8". Fires ball, mini-ball and shot round(20 -.45 cal balls at once)Copied after a civil war "horse cannon" Taken apart and carried on a horse to a battle, set up and fired. Then taken back apart and moved to the next fight. MG BTW, thanks for the leads on the powder. MG (

July 24, 2008, 11:31 PM
that is a fantastic pic. you wouldnt happen to have a video of it

July 25, 2008, 12:31 AM
scrat, yes I have access to video... but I'm afraid my computer savvy is somewhat lacking... I'll see if my teenage daughter will help me upload it. That is a pic of this last 4th of July at the house. Firing off "blank" loads to celebrate. We fire it off 5 or 6 times then finish off with fireworks. MG

July 25, 2008, 05:22 AM
that looks like fun.

thanks for the info usmcpmi

July 25, 2008, 08:52 AM
Cannon grade or 1fg for full-scale. I prefer 1fg.

2fg: larger than .50 caliber.

3fg: pistols and small bore rifles of up to .50 caliber.

4fg: used as a primer in flintlock rifles.

BP cannon grade has gotten expenive. I still have a 25lb case I bought 8 years ago at $6.00 a pound. I remember seeing a site on the net recently which sold it around $10 a lb. I'll post it if I can find it again.

Grey Wolf
July 25, 2008, 10:37 AM
If you shoot with a group, buy a case of 25 1 lb cans of powder. You can mix the granulations. You only have to pay one $20 Hazmat fee. As noted before, look up a Goex distributor with the best price.

Here's my swivel gun / carriage gun that can be configured to suit to the event. I do rendezvous and "battles" for Texas Independence.

It has a 1 5/8" bore and fires a 1 1/2" round fishing weight. A mold came with the tube. It is lathe turned steel, so no separate breech concerns. It came from a hobbyist in Canada. Sorry, I lost his name in a hard drive crash. I use either fg or ffg. A 200 grain load is good. When I fire blanks I stuff the barrel with moss. It makes ecologically good mulch. I have painted the carriage red.
One shot is of a ball being dug out of a tree with a tomahawk, the only tool that was handy.

Hey Seafarer12, if you like to shoot BP matches we're only 50 miles away. We just had our 49th monthly shoot.

We also have a buckskinner's group that is planning Rendezvous IX in mid-November.

Come one, come all!

Joe Wolf
Canyon Lake, TX




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