Skip to comments.Black Powder vs Smokeless Powder (video only)
Posted on 07/05/2013 7:38:10 PM PDT by servo1969
A basics video to show the difference between black powder and smokeless powder.
Many who hear these terms are likely not clear as to what is meant or have some misconceptions.
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Another Alliant favorite. "Bullseye," is what I use for .38 Special. But I have been told that Accurate's "Solo 1000" is a lot cleaner, and I'm going to try that.
Dont ever put smokeless powder in a an cannon.
That was BORING. It might have been better if he didn’t spend 5 minutes explaining that back in the day they didn’t call it black powder.
I watched it last night and found it interesting.
Does anyone know what powder Winchester uses in their white box 9mm? Leaves no residue.
The video gives a good explanation. I think that it is also interesting that the “active ingredients” in nearly all “smokeless” powders are nitrocellulose, and/or Nitroglycerin, and/or Nitroguanidine with various “stabilizers” which are basically absorbed into granuals of various shapes and sizes. That is why every time you open a continer of smokeless powder you always almost get the same familiar odor.
The shape and size of the granuals are designed for both burn rate and also ease of metering in some cases. Of course there are volumes of information on both the chemical and physical properties of various smokeless powders. They are produced by various processes.
As he said... it is very important to keep meticulous notes on your recipes when you are doing reloads with smokeless powders. They are designed with som many different burn rates and other characterisitics. There are many powders that take only half as much to get the same velocities out of the same cartridges. It is very fun however to test new recipes using your chronograph and various projectiles. You can spend hours experimenting to find the perfect combination.
I cast my own bullets also and he is right... sometimes times the type lube you use on them can make almost as much smoke as black powder especially if you are casting rifle bullets with lube grooves and gas checks. But it still is not as messy. It is a very fun and interesting hobby.. and saves money.. although sometimes if you figure how much you can put into equipment and supplies... it is along the same lines as how hunting and fishing reduce your food bill in the lower 48.
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Crisco works for lube,smells like frenchfries!
Many black powder shooters going to substitute powders like
Pyrodex because is safer and doesnt have the same
regulations like black powder
Black powder is a Class 1 explosive and has very strict shipping and storage regulations
Pyrodex and other substitutes is Class 3 (same as fire works) and can be shipped and stored without all the
ooh, was this one of those "Hey, hold my beer" moments? Pictures?
I have no interest in the inline modern stuff and black powder is harder to find every year.
I’ve never done it, but I’ve read stories about people who have packed smokeless powder into a cannon and it caused a detonation. There is a small amount of Nitroglycerin in smokeless powder.
I generally use a beeswax, paraffin and grease mixture that I buy already mixed. It is expensive but a little goes a long way and it works good. I “pan lube” with it... I melt the mixture then pour it into a pan with the bullets standing up and then pull them out after the mixture hardens which leaves lube in the grooves. I can see how Crisco would be easier to apply, but my concern would be that the Crisco would melt at fairly low temperatures.