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green load?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by griz, Dec 14, 2007.

  1. griz

    griz Well-Known Member

    Assuming a 38 special load with a 158 grain bullet, which would contribute less to global warming?

    A load with 3.5 grains of Titegroup.

    Or a case full of black powder.

    I know the black has a lot more volume, but it burns so ineffeciently that maybe it leaves a smaller carbon footprint. Does the smoke block that nasty sunlight that is so destructive to our planet?
  2. Kimber1911_06238

    Kimber1911_06238 Well-Known Member

    ummm....i'm not sure if you're serious or not.
  3. griz

    griz Well-Known Member

    Not very. But I was wondering how much of black powder "burns" in the sense that smokeless burns. I have read that most of it comes out as ash, soot, and plain ol unburned powder. But it would have to be about 80 or 90 percent wasted to make the useful charge be even with smokless, assuming my math is anywhere near correct.

    Sorry for the confusion.
  4. ReloaderFred

    ReloaderFred Well-Known Member

    A lot of our Cowboy Action Shooters are using that smelly ol' black powder. It's exciting to watch in dim light, but they also have trouble seeing subsequent targets if there isn't any wind. A lot of the black powder is still burning when it leaves the barrel, hence the fireworks effect.

    I'll stay with Bullseye for my loads, since I don't relish cleaning my guns after every couple of stages...........

    Hope this helps.

    Last edited: Dec 14, 2007
  5. snuffy

    snuffy Well-Known Member

    Global warming? What a crock,(COS)! It hasn't been above freezing here in tundra land since mid November! There's also a LOT more snow, so far, than the last couple of years.

    No, I don't believe in the junk science that has put out the global warming BS! So shoot whatever makes you happy, you won't affect this massive planet one iota!

    ADKWOODSMAN Well-Known Member

    Not only do black powder guns have to be cleaned, if there cartridge guns they are a mess also.
  7. Winger Ed.

    Winger Ed. Well-Known Member

    If you shoot a tree until it falls down with Black Powder loads:
    it would seem that the cloud of smoke, blocking the sun-
    and removing the tree, which used to block the sun-
    Should cancel each other out-
    at least as far as sunlight reaching the Earth is concerned.

    So I'd say the overall effect would be neutral or negligible.

  8. forquidder

    forquidder Well-Known Member

    You're probably going to have to consult Big Al on this one.
    I'm sure he'll be happy to sell you some carbon off-sets whichever load you decide to go with. :D
  9. donttellthewife

    donttellthewife Well-Known Member

    If you promise to severely limit your methane gas output for the rest of the day it should come out even:neener:

    Big Al was caught in my neck of the woods a while ago speeding in his rented SUV on the way to the coast, saving the world is the little peoples burden not the rich and famous
  10. scout26

    scout26 Well-Known Member

    Why buy them when you can get them free !!!!!!

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