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    This is all good info guys thanks. I got some P willow in the ball mill right now. I'm going to get some alder and try it now since you dont have to season it. I didnt know about the sugar in the spring thing. I figured that if the wood isn't seasoned that that would contribute to it burning dirtier. Ive been using pine boards. When i play with the cc it really soots up my hands. This P willow i have the cc is alot cleaner not as much residue on my hands. I dont know if that means any thing but the pine is dirty. Im having alot of fun with making BP. and it works. I noticed with using pine i always get a short delay with my flint lock. I dust got a inline vortec pistol has the 209 ignition. I will see if the pine works with that. I have a couple pound of it to burn up. I just brought a Knight 54 rifle back to life that hasnt seen the light of day for 20+ years. I need to get a good boolit for it maybe a Lee REAL 380 All i have for it right now is round balls and it has a 1-28 twist. I dont want to shoot sabots.
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    A bit confused?
    commented (alder) is that the same as Box Alder?
    Paper birch works well.

    Although y'll my charcoal preference is Black Willow which happens to be imported from Oklahoma.
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    So far I have used Willow and Tree of Heaven. Haven't tried the Tree of Heaven powder in a gun yet, but it flashes fast.

    Friend gave me a good sized box of Tree of Heaven and I have a lot of it made into float. If someone would like to try it let me know. Next time he gets into Denver he tells me he has Alder for me.

    Not sure which I enjoy more. The making or the shooting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swamp View Post
    So far I have used Willow and Tree of Heaven. Haven't tried the Tree of Heaven powder in a gun yet, but it flashes fast.

    Friend gave me a good sized box of Tree of Heaven and I have a lot of it made into float. If someone would like to try it let me know. Next time he gets into Denver he tells me he has Alder for me.

    Not sure which I enjoy more. The making or the shooting.

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    I've had good luck with the Tree of Heaven, even took a White Tail with it and some squirrels in the trade gun.

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    Mr.swamp, I'd be interested in trying tree of heaven, I can even trade you some red alder if you'd like. I have it in wood or charcoal form. Overmax, the alder I use is red alder, it's a huge fast growing tree found in the north west. They use it a lot for smoking salmon, and Hercules brand sporting black powder used to use it. It makes a great black powder. Fast and clean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheOutlawKid View Post
    Mr.swamp, I'd be interested in trying tree of heaven, I can even trade you some red alder if you'd like. I have it in wood or charcoal form. Overmax, the alder I use is red alder, it's a huge fast growing tree found in the north west. They use it a lot for smoking salmon, and Hercules brand sporting black powder used to use it. It makes a great black powder. Fast and clean.

    PM me and we can work out the details.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OverMax View Post
    A bit confused?
    commented (alder) is that the same as Box Alder?
    Paper birch works well.

    Although y'll my charcoal preference is Black Willow which happens to be imported from Oklahoma.
    I have never heard of "Box Alder", but "Box ELDER" is a fast growing tree that is not very good for wood stoves but might make good charcoal. Common in Michigan.

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    "Box Alder", but "Box ELDER"
    I think? both are one in the same perhaps?

    Like Mi. here too (MN) there are two types of alder. Box alder/elder is a medium size in height 40' shade tree grown in peoples back yards. A very soft wood. As prior commented "Useless for wood stoves."
    The other alder is found in the forests growing in or quite near wet swamps. A clumped growing tree. Many use this stunted dark gray barked swamp alder for home meat smoking cabinets so I've read. {I never have.} Actually too small in trunk size for wood stove use >3~4 or 5" at best. Although quite unlike its 40' cousin >the shade tree. A old swamp alder is a 20' high leafy hard wood similar to white paper birch in texture and impervious to high wind.
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BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
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LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
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