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Old September 23, 2014, 03:05 PM   #1
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What powder is that?

I have become obsessed with European salute guns. This video shows part of the loading process and the powder close up for a second or two. The powder is shown just before the 2 minute mark and through about 2:40.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6N8wMg82Jzk

Is that home made powder? Just seeing the guy pour a drinking glass of powder into the bore was a shocker. Talk about powder compression! Slamming the powder with a pestle and mallet.

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Old September 23, 2014, 03:39 PM   #2
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It is glazed black powder. The large size is what was used in coal mines and for quarrying stone many years ago. Also up to WW2 in the 16 inch guns on battle ships. It's the size of a raisin. I noticed that he put in either 1 F or 2 F powder as a primer charge for the large stuff (main charge) which would not ignite from the pistol percussion cap.
Great guns!!! use the recoil to shoulder it. I think it's for gopher control
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Old September 23, 2014, 06:14 PM   #3
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Perchance, do you know how they glaze BP?
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Old September 23, 2014, 07:29 PM   #4
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Glaze

It is done with powdered graphite after you have screened it to size, a minute or two in a tumbler to spread a very very thin coating. The purpose is to help keep it from clumping up and pour easier. It really has no other benefits.
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Old September 26, 2014, 03:38 AM   #5
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large grain

they have some powder as big as BB's or 0 buck shot. The numbers are screen holes per inch. so the biggest are 1/3 of an inch.

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