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Swiss Powder compare

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by BlackNet, Apr 8, 2013.

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  1. BlackNet

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    I did some photo compare on Swiss powder tonight. I have 2F, 3F, 4F and Null B.
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    Would like to open by showing the sizing chart
    from the companies website.
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    Swiss Factory tour
    Swiss Booklet



    First up is a group shot.
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    Ok 2F!
    Here we can clearly see the polishing that makes Swiss powder very top quality.
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    Next is 3F! (This is what most shoot if I am not mistaken.)
    I have to admit that 3F is way more uniform than 2F is.
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    Here is what most use in flintlocks for priming the pan, 4F.
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    Now if we compare 3F with 4F we get more of the same but finer.
    In fact at first glance 3F and 4F appeared to be the same.
    I have to admit, I have used 3F in the pan of flintlocks to prime with, it does work.
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    Ok last up we have Null B, which is also priming powder :what:
    After looking at this item very closely I think I will switch over to using that instead of 4F. :neener:
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    If we compare 4F with Null B.
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    :D Yea I am definitely going to switch. :D

    Ed
     
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  2. Rattus58

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    Neva heard of null B before.... then again... gettin any black in this place is a gift.. :D
     
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    Excellent photos, and thank you for showing us the comparison.
     
  4. Jim Watson

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    Coolness. Will have to add that to my next order. 1F and 1 1/2F. I have been considering doing a Goex vs Swiss.
     
  6. Jim Watson

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    OK.
    Also take a look at Olde Eynsford from Goex.
    It is their latest effort at a premium powder, replacing Express which was dropped when Hodgdon bought the mill.
     
  7. Crawdad1

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    Great information!!!:) I can see why you are considering changing over to the Null B powder for your priming pan. Have you changed from GOEX to Swiss powders for your main charge? How did that affect your ballistics? Better or worse?
     
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    Swiss powder typically runs 10% more efficient than Goex. Certainly with 3F, you can take your Goex load, cut 10% from it, and load with Swiss - and be very, very close.
     
  9. BlackNet

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    I would like to point to TWO documents.

    First being KIK. on page 13 note the velocity test results.
    http://www.laflinandrand.com/madmonk/KIK.pdf

    Second being Swiss, note the overall openness and the 'cut the BS' approach.
    http://www.laflinandrand.com/madmonk/Swiss_Booklet.pdf

    Regardless of the smoke/mirror and 'trade secrets' that I kept running into with Goex I did find the following. There also has been rumors, claims and so forth of using a 'blend' as well. I have to question if they really do know themselves.
    While Swiss we have the following.
    Also worth note. the PDF and site I posted at the start of the thread clearly shows the process detail of the charcoal, clearly identifying what type of wood it is, where it is grown and that it is all processed 'in house' therefore making it as uniform and consistent as possible. We even have

    The Acetone test results in Swiss powder using creosote oil and Goex using very little if any. Creosote usage is the key to 'moist burning', i.e. damp, high humidity locations.

    Just for the very disclosure and forthcoming from Swiss vs Goes alone makes one want to use Swiss exclusively.
     
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  10. mykeal

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    Actually, I want to use the least expensive powder that gives me the performance I want.

    Disclosure? Forthcoming? Gobbledegook.

    How about that phrase in the banner just under the brand name on the front of the container? How do you ignore that in favor of 'disclosure'.
     
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    BP brands

    I feel lucky to find BP period. Being able to chose between brands is beyond my wildest dreams.

    Most of today's BP will not produce a load that is "in regulation" for BP cartridge double rifles. Swiss has the reputation of being the only one that will.
     
  12. BlackNet

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    There are several powder companies that you can order from and have shipped to your door via Fedex or UPS. Currently Fedex requires a signature delivery while UPS does not (for hazmat). Some places you can order as little as 5 pounds but the max you can order is 50 pounds.

    The shipment that I just received was from powderinc.com
     
  13. boommer

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    Goex has softer fouling than Swiss.Swiss has more energy per grain,but Goex likes more compression than Swiss, so more grains per load to gain your energy on Swiss, But Swiss will still end up top for velocity and harder to control fouling, so more blow tubing,grease cookie or one more grease grove on your bullet on custom mold from Brooks or such..I'm a Swiss guy but dont rule out Goex. KIK powder is a good powder but I'll go to Goex first because softer fouling and not as much energy gain.
     
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    Has anyone chronographed and compared the different powders side by side? I would guess the proof would be which powder provides the more consistent accuracy in a rifle or revolver.
     
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    Yes, if you goto the 'swiss booklet' link I provided on page 32
     
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    According to this data it would appear that the Swiss powder company is using the proper procedures for manufacturing a more consistent powder. I would like to see some more testing comparing these powders in individual rifled bores though before switching over from GOEX. Is it just the purity of the water and the way they make their charcoal that GOEX needs to improve upon in order to attain this type of consistency in a rifled bore?

    And are there any long range black powder cartridge shooters who still use GOEX and haven’t switched over to the more consistent Swiss powders?
     
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    polishing, charcoal quality (swiss makes it in house with one type of wood, goex contracts out for that and some reports of using a blend but not 100% sure on that), creosote addition in the swiss, formula weight, also it really makes a difference in the machinery they use.

    Another look is here. http://www.laflinandrand.com/page3.htm and esp note the KIK listing they have some detailed info in this as well.
     
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    Why would creosote be a good ingredient to add to black powder? When I was researching the loads for my Podewils-Lindner (circa 1860~) the official Bavarian gunpowder recipe was alderwood charcoal, saltpeter, and sulfer, and the references concerning the other powders tested were relating to variations of the ratio and tests with willow charcoal. This thread sounds like a German beer purity argument.
     
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    Creosote is a product that is in wood already.
    Ahh yes the 'willow charcoal' context. FYI most gunpowder is not made with 'willow'. Also 'willow' charcoal is often not made from willow tree's.
     
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    There have been other discussions on other boards, mostly double rifle boards, being that a double rifle needs consistency in their ‘regulation’ that have gone on for pages arguing over the type of wood used in charcoal and the process used. A real eye opener in that I never realized how important charcoal was in this process of making black powder.

    I wish he would have delved more into the making of the potassium nitrate and the effects that would have on consistency back in the past. All that is shown is a big bag of potassium nitrate I mean how did they do it back then? Any good web-sites for this process?
     
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    Thanks for the clarification of creosote. Growing up on a farm my recollections of creosote was the sticky stuff that would run out of railroad ties and fence posts on hot summer days. That image certainly doesn't match well with easy cleanup.

    When I was doing my research there were references to using manure piles and urine to leach out potassium nitrate during civil war times. I also know that bat guano (dung) is very high in potassium nitrate and great quantities of it were removed from caves where bats resided. Knowing that, you probably don't want to make a habit of licking your fingers when handling black powder! :eek:
     
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    Yes there are a few long range top shooters in BPCR that still use Goex.
    I did do a comparison over the crony few years ago and with Goex,Swiss,kik,and diamond back powders and all those notes are lost.

    The rifle used was Shiloh Sharps 40-65 R L chambered 32" barrel 400 gr bullet.
    ALL the powders were in 2FF. The one thing that I found out is the denser the powder more energy. Goex 50 grains volume 48.5 buy weight and Swiss 50 gr buy Volume, 53.5 weight, KIK 50 vol 50 weight, diamondback 50gr vol 52gr weight, Schuetzen 50 vol 51 weight. The other thing I found out is the less dense the powder the more compression it likes as a rule. Goex heavy .500? were as Swiss likes .150 ,.200.

    Swiss will give you 50 to 75 fps more than Goex in a 45-70 tuned load deviation FPS is in the single digits.
     
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    Thanks steel horse and that’s what I have seen, also. Farmers providing the ‘Raw’ material for the potassium nitrate to take it to centralized mills for further processing but I still haven’t come upon a good source for this information however. I’ve also seen that black powder was supplied by the French and English companies in bulk to be used by the fur trading companies. But how did they make the stuff?



    And Boommer isn't that what a long range rifle shooter wants? More velocity equates to a flatter trajectory equating to more accuracy.
     
  24. Jim Watson

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    Saltpeter (potassium nitrate) can be leached out of manure. There were purpose built leaching beds to recover saltpeter. If you have an old dungheap, you can rake it over and find raw nitre naturally separated out. It can also be seen on old stable walls.

    One major source of saltpeter was seabird guano mined on tropic islands. There are a number off the South American coast. You can get it out of a bat cave but the islands were more important. Googling around, I found that there was a Guano Island Act empowering the government to claim such islands from 1856. And we still assert control over some of them.

    Chile Saltpeter (sodium nitrate) is a natural mineral that can be used in gunpowder but since it is more hygroscopic than potassium nitrate, it was mostly used in blasting powder where it could be kept in a sealed barrel or waxed paper cartridge (usually taken for dynamite in Westerns). It can be converted to potassium nitrate by reaction with potassium compounds and recrystallization.

    And the most infamous source during the War Between the States was the Saltpeter Commision chaired by John Haralson in Selma, Alabama. He managed the usual sources from caves, stables, and the like, but also had the idea of getting it fresh, as "chamber lye."
    Read a thumbnail biography of Mr Haralson and the poems written on the subject at:
    http://genforum.genealogy.com/haralson/messages/272.html
     
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    TREBLIG NOT always your trajectory is a rainbow 500gr at 1300 fps if your zeroed at 100 yd at 500 there is about 290" bullet drop then there's windage so at that point 50 fps wont make you or break you.

    Controlling your fouling is a big ticket item. shooting long range with BPRC fouling is the problem and some guys stick with a powder or lube and don't change it up because that combo works and so you don't fix what you compete well with.

    BPCR long range loading, What ever you know about smokeless just throw it to the side, this a total different animal.
     
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