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black powder question

Discussion in 'The Lodge' started by Lewzer, Feb 6, 2008.

  1. Lewzer

    Lewzer Powderfinger

    I have a question for the guns people. I work in techncial service and got this question today. Why would someone want to make a "tablet" of black powder?
    Wouldn't that affect the burn rate of the powder? Less surface area...

    I am interested in XXXXXX as a binder. An experiment.
    The problem with anyone making homemade black powder
    for hunting, is the fact that the powder tends to crumble.
    I figured if XXXXXX is used as a binder in the pharmaceutical
    industry, it might make a good binder for black powder. From
    what I have read, something like microcrystalline cellulose
    attracts moisture at the surface. Any thoughts ?
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 30, 2015
  2. Not necessarily due to the fact that black powder is packed tightly against the bullet, even without the binder. Also, most black powder pellets are made with a hole through the center so that the spark can actually ignite the entire way up the pellet, which should actually promote faster ignition than just lighting the rear end of the charge.

  3. Lewzer

    Lewzer Powderfinger

    So people actually make black powder pellets for use in muzzleloaders?
  4. Black powder substitute pellets have been on the market for a number of years.
  5. Lewzer

    Lewzer Powderfinger

    Thanks all. I got the info I needed from my fishing buddy who used to hunt muzzleloaders. Our polymers will have the same issues as the other binders.

    Never heard of a substitute pellet either Magis????
  6. Powders like Pyrodex, 777 and others are not black powder. They are black powder substitutes created to burn cleaner.
  7. Lundy

    Lundy Staff Member