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    Default Making your own blackpowder?

    So I just received a nice used blackpowder pistol in .44 caliber as a gift.
    My dad sent it to me and I have yet to shoot it.
    I ordered some supplies including a round ball mold to cast up some projectiles.
    I bought some caps locally but can only find some blackpowder substitutes such as Pyrodex. Nothing wrong with that but I want the real stuff.
    My dad is out of state and says he can find some black powder there and is willing to bring me some when he returns home to Kasilof.
    Anyway I am going to try making my own blackpowder and would like some of the good stuff to compare my own powder too.
    I just want to get it close anyway.
    I have made blackpowder before for a rocketry project and have almost all the tools I will need.
    The plan is to ballmill the powder for 24 hours and then corn it in a comet or star pump of the type used for making fireworks.
    I have the screens as well to get the grain size I want.
    This is supposed to get it as close to commercial Goex powder as possible.
    Making the powder is fairly easy. Making it good enough for consistent shooting out of this pistol may be the challenge.
    Anyone else here make their own blackpowder for shooting?
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    Great Northern Guns in Anchorage Sometimes has some real black. I made a small batch just to see if I could. It was about 10% less velocity than commercial powder but I wasn't using the proper type of charcoal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rbuck351 View Post
    Great Northern Guns in Anchorage Sometimes has some real black. I made a small batch just to see if I could. It was about 10% less velocity than commercial powder but I wasn't using the proper type of charcoal.
    My spruce charcoal seems to do well for rocket powder.
    If needed I'm sure I can find some willow to turn into charcoal.
    Charcoal is so easy to make that it won't be hard to test some different ones if I feel the need.
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    Life got in the way of that project. I retire in about 4 months and with luck I'll have time for some of these projects that have been on the back burner for some time. Willow is supposed to be traditional but I have read that pine or spruce can work well. We'll see.

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    I believe I read somewhere about a pet bedding sold at Wally world and similar stores was excellent for making BP charcoal as well.
    Easy to source and inexpensive.

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