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what if we run out of gun powder?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by myaccount, Nov 13, 2010.

  1. myaccount

    myaccount New Member

    Ok hi guys this is my first of many post on this great forum! My question is what if the world runs out of gun powder? Can the ingredients in it be reproduced or when we are out we are out. Leave your ideas in the comment section thanks!

  2. mickeygrimreaperblueeyes

    mickeygrimreaperblueeyes Active Member

    I would say that we aren't out of gunpowder till we are out of human ingenuity. You can make anything you set your mind to. But, it's all the quality control onto your end.
  3. CHEVELLE427

    CHEVELLE427 Well-Known Member


    might get were we cant afford to buy it
  4. walker944

    walker944 Well-Known Member

    Welcome to the forum.

    From a quick search of the Google machine: "Gunpowder is formed from the chemical mixture of saltpeter (potassium nitrate) at 75%, sulphur 10 % and charcoal 15%."

    So, it looks like the answer is....just make more! :)
  5. M-Cameron

    M-Cameron member

    it is entirely possible to reload with ground match heads.
  6. Topcat

    Topcat Well-Known Member

    The ingredients are pretty common for gunpowder we would run out of other stuff alot sooner. By the time gunpowder is gone we will have rayguns or something
  7. I think you'll find that is black powder. Smokeless powder is different.

    I'm not sure what the OP means by run out. There aren't really gunpowder mines where they just scoop it out of the ground. As far as the ingredients for smokeless powder, I don't think we are in danger of running out of those anytime soon.
  8. Ret.CWO

    Ret.CWO Well-Known Member

    That is true JORG you beat me to it.
  9. dom1104

    dom1104 Well-Known Member

    This is by far the oddest post I have read on any forum so far this week.
  10. General Geoff

    General Geoff Well-Known Member

    black powder can be made by anyone who knows enough about chemistry to understand handloading.

    smokeless powder is a different animal, but as long as there's demand, there will be outfits that make it.
  11. bluetopper

    bluetopper Well-Known Member

    We are far more likely to run out of food than out of gunpowder.

    It won't happen.

    I have several pounds of powder and many thousands of primers and bullets.......I'm not worried.
  12. InkEd

    InkEd Well-Known Member

    We'll cremate Keith Richards and use him. Surely, with all the stuff he's put in hs body over the years his ashes will be highly flammable..... or at least smokeable.
  13. twofifty

    twofifty Well-Known Member

    bat guano!

    So long as Appalachian caves have bat colonies, there will be gunpowder of one sort or another.
  14. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    Since simple chemistry is used to make smokeless powder the question seems somewhat confusing and unrealistic.
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2010
  15. Justin

    Justin Moderator Staff Member

    Oh noes!

    We've reached peak gun powder!

  16. millertyme

    millertyme Well-Known Member

    Anyone ever read Comac McCarthy's Blood Meridian?
  17. bushmaster1313

    bushmaster1313 Well-Known Member

    No problem

    Gunpowder works based on the expansion of hot gas following rapid combustion of the powder.

    There is enough hot air coming from both sides of the aisle in Washington, D.C. to power however many guns we could ever have.
  18. R. Deckard

    R. Deckard Well-Known Member

    Dont you remember the episode of "Star Trek" where Kirk dumps the coal and sulfer and other ingrediants in the hollow log to make a cannon and kills the alien? :neener:

  19. bushmaster1313

    bushmaster1313 Well-Known Member

    I think he only stuns the alien and his mercy in not killing it saves the Enterprise
  20. mustang_steve

    mustang_steve Well-Known Member

    Welcome to the high road.

    My take is, everything can be produced, however the quality of production is only as good as your gear.

    I suspect you amy be talking about some future where we cannot sustain our supplies, in which case revolvers would be king for one reason: we'd have to make our own black powder once again. Semi-autos may have cyclic problems with such powders, and it would definately foul the bejeebus out of them.

    Black powder is not the safest thing to make, but it's the easiest thing to make, and can be made from ingredients around the house. It is a smelly process however, and the process of making the saltpeter would be outright hazardous if you do not have an indirect heat oven of some kind.

    Thing is, man has thought of these things in the past, so look back to the pioneer days, then move forward to the smokeless powder era and it will all start to make sense.

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