Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by Charlie98, Sep 27, 2021.
Some people use the second drum to Mill charcoal or other ingredients.
After looking at the price difference I would buy the two drum set up. And they are in stock at my local store. Dang! This powder making may turn in to a new hobby.
In my muzzleloader I cut my charge from 120 grain to 110 if I use 777. I personally don't care which I use. But I haven't wait a flint lock in 15 years.
I bought a fair amount of Alliant Black MZ when Sportsmans Warehouse had it on Clearance.
The newest source is Shooters World Multipurpose Black (also made by APP).
FWIW -Although not as good as BP, I have shot flintlock rifle with Pyrodex as a main charge, and 4FG BP in the pan. Traditions specifies this combination as OK in their flintlock rifles btw. Prefer BP of course.
There is always the old trick of a little 3F down the bore first and then the Sub powder on top. That will get your flinter lit up fast. I have done that with percussion loads when using Pyrodex. No hang fires ever. It only takes a small amount. I never even measure it.
I tried pyrodex and I know it has a public, but I consider it a last resort option. I'd sooner make my own BP.
What I DO remember about it, is that li it is VERY COROSSIVE. Stuff would rust almost immediately. Had to flush the barrels in hot soapy water as soon as you got home. Prodex and the replacements are supposed to be a LOT more user friendly. HATE to see the supply close, but have no Flint lock guns or cannons... so luckily it won't affect me personally.
Black Powder itself is not actually corrosive, however it absorbs moisture which will facilitate rust.
If you thought cleaning real BP was a pain or had to rush to beat the rust, just wait until you try Pyrodex.
Pyrodex has a reputation even worse for causing rust and stubborn fouling.
Thanks for the information. May have to get some Pyrodex RS to conserve my 2FG and 4FG by using layered loads of BP with Pyrodex. (BTW, I have read elsewhere that 5 gr of 4FG down the bore followed by Pyrodex also works well as a layered load in a flintlock. IIRC 5gr of BP is case capacity of an empty 22 long rifle case, would make measurement of the BP part of the charge easy.)
About 200 yrs if kept dry and actually if gotten wet can dry out and still use it, as verified by people killed from playing with civil war cannon balls that are still active, also civil war era guns still loaded and powder still viable.
did not know civil war cannons with BP was still explosive. Did the canon balls have a delay fuse?
I’m buying some BP just to keep some around!
wait wait…. they make real BP and substitute. What brand are the real stuff?
Shuetzen is a manufacturer and Swiss if you cannot find any residual Goex anywhere. As of 8 AM EST, Track of the Wild has Swiss 3F in stock but you have to buy 25 lbs minimum. $37 a pound .
25# min order ???? gezzz
I put an order in, If it happens great. If not, oh well...
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