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How corrosive is Pyrodex?

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by rajb123, Apr 10, 2012.

  1. rajb123

    rajb123 member

    After every shoting session, I've always cleaned my BPs with sopie water, but lately I have been using only Hoppes and non-clorinated brake cleaner.

    After the clean I use a very light coat of oil in the bore and that seems to prevent rust OK.

    Is this appropriate, or do you always need to clean with soap and water?
  2. J-Bar

    J-Bar Well-Known Member

    You will get replies from some who think Pyrodex was invented by the devil to ruin guns.
    You will get replies from others who love it.
    If you use either soapy water or Ballistol diluted with water to do a thorough cleaning within a day after shooting, your guns will survive with no damage.

    351 WINCHESTER Well-Known Member

    It is just as corrosive as real black, but doesn't crud up like black. As long as you clean it with hot water you will be fine. 777 is much better imho.
  4. Pancho

    Pancho Well-Known Member

    I use BP when I can get it and Pyrodex when I can't. Pyrodex seems to be no more corrosive than BP but then again I don't give either one a chance. I use hot water and follow up with a wipe down with ballistol and never have had a problem.
  5. rcflint

    rcflint Well-Known Member

    I found Pyrodex much more corrosive than real BP. With non-corrosive caps, in a dry climate like Arizona, the bp can go for many days without cleaning, Pyrodex cannot. It's also more corrosive on Brass in a cartridge load.
  6. josmund

    josmund Well-Known Member

    If you're shooting Pyro, plan on cleaning your gun at the end of the day.

    Can you wait 1,2 3 days? Perhaps, but why chance it. You'll need to clean it anyway so get'er done.
  7. hawkeye74

    hawkeye74 Well-Known Member

    The main difference is what causes the corrosion. With BP, the primary corrosion is caused by salts. The pyrodex produces an acid based corrosion, all of the subs do. If you clean them WELL promptly, no major problems, but it is best to use a BASE as part of the cleaning process with the subs to nuetralize the acid.

    BP can heavily pit a barrel and the barrel still perform well. The barrels where Pyrodex goes uncleaned the acid will eat the rifling out of a barrel in short order making it totally useless.
  8. BHP FAN

    BHP FAN Well-Known Member

    Pyrodex was invented by the devil to ruin guns. On one occasion, I inherited some, used it for an outing, and [ based on the results] used the rest of it for fertilizer, for which it works pretty well. I won't put that crud in my guns, but you're welcome to. It's more prone to hydrating than BP, less powerfull, and more corrosive, and while I know not everyone can get ahold of real black powder, anything Pyrodex can do, Triple Seven can do better. Other than that, it's fine.
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2012
  9. Noz

    Noz Well-Known Member

    I'm on the dis-like side. I use it in shotgun loads because I got some real cheap. I insure that the shotgun is at least wiped down right after the shoot finishes.
    I have a very nice Ithaca-SKB that I used, with Pyrodex rounds, to kill some black birds. I forgot to wipe it down and I have a pitted area on the outside of the muzzles for my punishment.
  10. doubleh

    doubleh Well-Known Member

    I can't tell any difference. I clean my guns thouroughly after each shooting session and have had no corrosion problems with either.
  11. Fingers McGee

    Fingers McGee Well-Known Member

    Count me in the 'invented by the devil' column. That's the only place that fouls smelling stuff could have come from.

    I had a bad experience with it many, many years ago in a frontstuffer at a rendezvous and have not forgotten it.
  12. ZVP

    ZVP Well-Known Member

    I've always used Pyrodex because I can't get real BP locally or even within 80 miles and have had no problems.
    Once due to illness, I didn't clean my '58 Remington for 7 days ( it only had 10 shots thru it tho ) and with a Windex and Water washdown it cleaned right up!
    I think the metal preservative you use has a lot to do with it. I use CLP Break- Free for a lube and for all metal surfaces. That stuff really works!
  13. junkman_01

    junkman_01 member

    It is not black powder nor Pyrodex that corrodes guns by itself. It is the moisture that they attract that does the corroding. If you are in a very dry place (low humidity) you won't get any corrosion with either product.
  14. Busyhands94

    Busyhands94 Well-Known Member

    I use Pyrodex, but I always clean my guns after every range trip as soon as I get home and have never opened the trunk to find all my guns coated in rust. There's a ton of ways to clean blackpowder guns, everyone has their own way and says it works better than the other ones. I personally just use soap and water, wipe it all dry, then slap a coat of Hoppes oil on there. No rust problems at all, and I've been doing that ever since I got into blackpowder.

    If I could find real blackpowder I'd buy that instead of Pyrodex, but I can't and for Christmas and my birthday my family has gotten into the habit of getting a pound of Pyrodex pistol for me. It's not bad stuff, sure I prefer Triple Seven but Pyrodex will do just fine for plinking and informal target shooting.

  15. alsaqr

    alsaqr Well-Known Member

    Pyrodex will rust your gun if its not cleaned soon after firing. Never had any rust problems from using Pyrodex. i use Windex with vinegar to clean my muzzleloaders. After the bore is swabbed dry, a patch moistened with ProTech is run through the bore. If the gun will be put away for awhile the bore is then swabbed dry and lubed with MiliTec or a light oil.
  16. zimmerstutzen

    zimmerstutzen Well-Known Member

    I bought a pound of Pyroduh back around 1983 and made the mistake of shooting it in an original trapdoor springfield. Despite three cleanings, rust kept appearing in the bore. I even put a pinch of baking soda in the hot water.

    In an older gun, there are scores of microscopic crevices in the metal, in addition to the pits and wear with age. Once the acid gets into those crevices, it is a SOB to clean out. It seems to hide and keeps coming out as rust for days.

    Holy Black fouling is easier to neutralize and doesn't keep giving the way Pyroduh fouling does. With real black in the same trapdoor, I use old WW2 surplus bore cleaner. Stinky stuff with benzene. It will neutralize the fouling from real black almost immediately and I would sometimes let the gun sit for days before a good cleaning and no rust if I gave it a good once over with the bore cleaner before I went home. (i even use that bore cleaner on my muzzle guns before leaving the range.)
  17. Plastikosmd

    Plastikosmd Well-Known Member

    I hated shooting muzzleloaders. For some reason, I did not think real BP was easily available (it is always behind the counter up here.) One day I got a fancy BP gun and some BP with it and gave it a try. No more pyrodex and now my BP stuff outnumbers my centerfires. Maybe it is the temp/humidity/area that I live, etc. but BP is much easier to ignite and clean in my firearms.
  18. AbitNutz

    AbitNutz Well-Known Member

    Man I shoot it all...black, Pyrodex, you name it. I just take the grips off my SS ROA squirt it down with Ballistol and put it in the dish washer. Then squirt it again after its dry.
  19. junkman_01

    junkman_01 member

    If you are going to just remove the grips, why not just put it in a pail of water. I think you would would reduce your water bill that way. :confused:
  20. kwhi43@kc.rr.com

    kwhi43@kc.rr.com Well-Known Member

    I remove the grips and go to the speical little room I have it the house just
    for cleaning and put it in the little white bowl that has water in it and give
    it what I call a "Flush Clean" Three or four flushes and she comes out clean.

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