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Thread: My homemade black powder

  1. #1701
    Boolit Buddy
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    Fly - I am one of those of which you speak - dont really know what was the trigger to get me doing this - maybe my stash of good powder running out - see I almost ran out of powder soon after I started shooting black (1989) - I still remember travelling my part of the country and buying every can of goex I saw in any gunshop I could find - then a friend from another club offered me a split deal to share 50pound bags of GoEx 5FA - he did the work - I took all I could handle and built a supply that lasted me most of 20 years (didnt shoot as much in later times either) - that stuff was real nice powder made in the Moosic plant but eventually we came to the end of it - what to do - Swiss is the good stuff but over 100bucks a kilo - Wano is out there available but I never liked it - anyway something set me going. I read all I could, first on a pyro forum then later found this place, as luck would have it we have willow growing on the farm - that was major - but attitude was part of it too - we (all of us humans) tend to overcomplicate things - and part of my approach the last several years to anything is look for the basic process - and here my thought was - well they did it in a cowshed in year1700 so the basic process is simple - just use the best ingredients you can find and do the basic process really well ... I made my first powder early 2015 - It shot clean and I was hooked !! .. I went to a major ML shoot in july that year and walked off the stage with three firsts shooting my flintlock against the caplock boys and using my own powder - that was screened powder not pressed and if I only shot muzzle loaders I dont believe I would change - last year I bought a chronograph and went to work testing it in cartridge rifles - made some pressed powder but that is so much more effort .. then just recently some of the guys here posted (or reposted) info on the ceramic coffee grinders - along the way Fly told me my pucks were too thick - that made sense cuz busting them up was my main headache - still is really. I have made a lot of stuff - screens, made my ball mill, press and dies for making pucks, made a workstand for the coffee grinder, still figuring something to bust up those pucks - some kind of a spiked roller affair (brass or aluminium) is rolling round in my head - I processed three kilos of dried pucks a few days ago - took most of an afternoon with the screening. Anyway at this point I can make powder thats right up close to Swiss in burn rate, shoots cleaner than any powder I ever used, we get good numbers over the chronograph. Theres a few tweaks left to find for sure but I know where to come to for info and ideas now so it will fall into lace easy I reckon.

  2. #1702
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    Had to put making powder on the back burner for a couple of weeks, got tied up with the .69 caliber left handed light Dragoon pistol build along with nicking a finger with a band saw, ouch!!.
    Looks like I've a small willow growing on the property which seems to be the charcoal of choice which is good but am still looking for a local supplier of sulfur. For the amount I shoot I really don't need to make black powder but it does sound like a fun project none the less.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie2002 View Post
    Had to put making powder on the back burner for a couple of weeks, got tied up with the .69 caliber left handed light Dragoon pistol build along with nicking a finger with a band saw, ouch!!.
    Looks like I've a small willow growing on the property which seems to be the charcoal of choice which is good but am still looking for a local supplier of sulfur. For the amount I shoot I really don't need to make black powder but it does sound like a fun project none the less.
    I'm not sure about the shipping requirements, but if it isnt considered a hazmat, I'd be happy to ship you some if you'll pay the shipping cost.

    Just one small pile of scrap lol.

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    Hey guys, I would have gladly sent anyone some sulfur, but its not cost effective for me to do it. USPS lists it as prohibited, and it would cost close to $20 for me to ship 3 lbs UPS or FedEx. Amazon has it listed at $11 for 3 lbs or $22 for 10 lbs. Those prices are including shipping. If anyone is ever close to me and wants some, just let me know ahead of time and I'll get you a bunch free of charge, but its not worth it to ship it.

    Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it. - Mark Twain
    Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, worn out, shouting "Holy Sh&$....What a ride!"

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    Cast slug propelled by my homemade black(90 gr) shot out of an 870 rem. black powder shotgun shells are fun! Got about 6" of penetration in that hackberry.

  6. #1706
    Hi all.
    I found this forum by accident and I'm pleased to meet you, I have read through a lot, but there is so much info. I'm a pyro guy with a passion for black powder rockets, however, I made a .44 cal 12 inch cannon, my powder works really well. I bought a 20kg bag of KN03, fertilizer, which has lasted 10 years, and I have plenty left. Please believe me, it is not pure. Google Richard Nakka rockets, this guy is brilliant, under fuels, go to 'purification'. The process is a pain, but worth getting 99% pure KN03

  7. #1707
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skinny Paul View Post
    Hi all.
    I found this forum by accident and I'm pleased to meet you, I have read through a lot, but there is so much info. I'm a pyro guy with a passion for black powder rockets, however, I made a .44 cal 12 inch cannon, my powder works really well. I bought a 20kg bag of KN03, fertilizer, which has lasted 10 years, and I have plenty left. Please believe me, it is not pure. Google Richard Nakka rockets, this guy is brilliant, under fuels, go to 'purification'. The process is a pain, but worth getting 99% pure KN03
    Get the greenhouse grade or (better again?) hydroponics grade fertiliser - is good stuff - my powder does better than Goex over the chronograph - GG KNO3 + yellow dusting sulphur + hybrid willow charcoal.

  8. #1708
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    Just thought you guys might be interested in another slant on charcoal making: I found it interesting anyway. Making the charcoal starts at about 1 minute in.

    https://youtu.be/V_Mp1fNzIT8

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