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  1. SloppyShooter

    SloppyShooter Certifiable

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    Does blackpowder go bad with age?

    What do you old school black powder shooters use for patches and lube?
     


  2. lightflyer1

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    From another web site:

    Keep black powder dry, and it last forever. If it gets wet, or clumped up you only need to let it dry again, and de-clump. There isn't really to break-down or go bad. Black Powder is a mixture of Charcoal, Sulfur, and Potassium Nitrate.

    Pyrodex will also last a very, very long time if kept dry.
     
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  3. SloppyShooter

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    Thanks Lightflyer1, what I thought.

    What other site?

    Also known as charcoal, sulfur, and saltpeter.
     
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    A little off track, but....

    When I was 10 or 12, a neighborhood teenager tried to make a pipe bomb. The story is as he was screwing the cap on, it went off. IDK. What isn't in question is that it went off.

    He lost his left hand, a few fingers on his right, and hearing in his left ear. He adapted pretty quickly and pretty well, kinda like a dog that loses a leg.
     
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  7. Younggun

    Younggun Doer of Deeds TGT Supporter Admin

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    Waiting for Moonpie...and that strange fella that us to cook BP on the kitchen stove.


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  8. lightflyer1

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    Found this.

    https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091217135330AA0hdPW&guccounter=1

    Modern "smokeless powder" is many times more stable than black powder.
    Black powder can be set off by a direct impact, modern smokeless powder cannot.
    Although modern powder can be set off by a spark , it takes much more to ignite it than does black powder which can sometimes be set off just by the static charge built up on your clothing.
    Black powder does not store as well or for as long as does smokeless powder, without losing potency.
    Black powder will break down faster when exposed to sunlight for long periods, than will smokeless powder.
     
  9. Younggun

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    Merged duplicate threads.


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  10. robertc1024

    robertc1024 Just the facts Ma'am. TGT Supporter

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    Hmmm. I have a couple of pounds of 2F, sealed in cans for 50ish years. Might just try some of it, just cause.
     


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