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    02-28-2021, 04:02 AM
    Some interesting reading on binders. Seems like each person gets a different individual result, no matter what the process chosen: https://www.amateurpyro.com/forums/topic/12268-granulating-black-powder/ Vettepilot PS-> I need to check my...
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    02-28-2021, 03:40 AM
    A good number of the pyro guys use red gum or rice starch, and apparently the Chinese are quite fond of using the rice starch. I found mention in numerous sources stating it makes very durable granules with less slowing of the burn as dextrin is...
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    02-27-2021, 03:41 PM
    Reports have been variable on the success of using home-made dextrin. I suggest buying quality dextrin, and eliminating a possible variable to good black powder. Rice starch is supposedly better than dextrin. I have some to try some time. Same...
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    02-25-2021, 03:45 PM
    Yeah, I've had that thought too. When melting down scrap to make ingots, I keep a thermometer going in the pot. Don't let the temp get above about 650/675f. This has saved me grief a couple of times... Vettepilot
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    02-21-2021, 10:46 PM
    Maillemaker: what an excellent and detailed report, and thank you. Yes, the next step is some Willow, Paulowenia, (sp?), or Tree of Heaven charcoal. I have no doubt you'll get where you want to be. Vettepilot
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    02-21-2021, 04:58 PM
    Just to be clear here, Black Powder doesn't need air/oxygen to ignite. The KNO3 is the oxidizer, and thus BP has it's own built in oxygen. Having said that, I still don't think puck pressing nor dehydration of the pucks is especially dangerous...
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    02-21-2021, 04:49 PM
    Yeah, Maillemaker's is more secure AND easier to mount, and it doesn't have provision to keep the glass jar in place which we neither need nor want... Vettepilot
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    02-21-2021, 03:03 PM
    I like your design better. Vettepilot
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    02-21-2021, 05:10 AM
    What? You didn't want to jigsaw a hole in your work bench for it?? :bigsmyl2: That's cool!! Wish I was into 3d printing, but NO!! Got too many projects and too much STUFF now!! Vettepilot PS-> I had mentioned about polished powder...
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    02-20-2021, 09:37 PM
    Yeah, I've seen their videos. I doubt if anyone has enough rounds down range to know about bore wear. (Maybe the government.) From what I've read, steel jacketed ammo does cut barrel life, approximately in half. I've chosen personally not to...
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    02-19-2021, 02:12 AM
    It seems like everyone struggles to quite meet the density of commercial powder, and the only possible variable I can think of would be the charcoal itself. If anyone knows for sure, or even has a logical guess, let us know! It's a curiosity. ...
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    02-19-2021, 02:07 AM
    Your math is correct, and thanks! Vettepilot
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    02-16-2021, 12:28 PM
    Mailemaker: If your fines screen out at 4fg size, you could use it to "spice up" your 3fg for use in cartridge loading. I've not done this personally, but read many accounts of it being done with good results.... Personally, I would only try...
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    02-16-2021, 12:22 PM
    It sure looks nice! Bet you're proud of your work. (As you should be.) Now, "We want shooting results!!!" ;~) Vettepilot PS. I was just curious about the alcohol. Seems like it would dry faster, and less chance of leaching KNO3...
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    02-15-2021, 01:14 PM
    I'm seriously thinking of throwing together a vacuum chamber for drying my powder. (Already have a couple of vacuum pumps and have been toying with the idea of making a vacuum cannon for my daughter and I to play with.) Yeah, I DO love to...
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    02-15-2021, 01:07 PM
    Why's that Indian Joe? How about 50/50 alcohol/water? What of methanol, (so called "wood alcohol") instead of isopropyl? Just curious, and respect your opinions and experience... Vettepilot
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    02-12-2021, 05:37 PM
    I think a lot of people don't understand what's happening when pressing powder. No binders are needed, and barely any water at all. At above 2700 psi, (I believe the powder companies use as much as 3,500 psi), the sulphur plastisizes and glues the...
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    02-12-2021, 05:22 PM
    Well YEAH. For puck pressing, sometimes just high humidity, or a and/or a rainy day provides enough moisture in the powder for pressing. A quick, light mist is enough otherwise. If water oozes out of your powder when pressing, you used too much. ...
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    02-11-2021, 03:35 PM
    I think the official classification for ffg is pass through 16, hold on 30. At least that's the most common designator I've been able to find... One thing that trips people up is that the pyrotechnic guys often go by the "FA" grading system. ...
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    02-11-2021, 03:32 PM
    I like the larger diameter screens so I bought these. They don't carry a number 40 though, so I bought that particular one in a different style/brand, but still large diameter.
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    02-10-2021, 05:40 PM
    And there's a built in reason for buying it! Tell your wife you want to help her with her "flour sifting!" :-P Vettepilot
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    02-10-2021, 05:35 PM
    Here ya go guys! What a bargain! ;~) Vettepilot
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    02-10-2021, 04:30 PM
    From my reading, you want a max of 2% Dextrin in screened powder, and of course water to activate it. Hot water is supposedly better. I've got some Red Gum to try in my screened powder one of these days. It needs activated with alcohol. ...
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    02-09-2021, 12:14 PM
    Maillemaker: I sent you a private message. Vettepilot
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    02-09-2021, 10:34 AM
    Now that's cool. I do like how you think and operate! Vettepilot
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    02-08-2021, 07:43 PM
    I'm betting you are going to love your powder when you get around to shooting it. I've found, during my studies over the past couple years, that well made black powder can out perform commercial. I hope yours is as such. Vettepilot
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    02-08-2021, 03:36 PM
    As we know, commercial black powder is polished and graphited. Polishing knocks the points off the grains and that, along with the graphite allows the powder to flow more easily when being measured, poured, etc. Logically, those points being...
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    02-08-2021, 03:18 PM
    Maillemaker, I like how you think! You are deep into this and remind me of myself. Makes me grin every time I read your posts and I enjoy them. I too research and study everything that interests me, and strive to make everything to the highest...
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    02-08-2021, 05:35 AM
    And yeah, I have found throughout my life that it really pays dividends to take the time to mount and well secure any hand operated tool possible. Even just a little lost motion from a slightly wobbly workbench is amazingly couter-productive. ...
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    02-08-2021, 05:24 AM
    Your fines can go back into your green meal and be pressed. Vettepilot
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