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dandor13

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Where can I find a shop that sells black powder and caps for my 1860 Enfield .69 cal pistol near Vero Beach, Fla.?
 

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Thanks, although, talking to a local gun shop, the price of black powder nowadays has gone through the roof, along with everything else in today's world. Totally disgusted.
 

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I was told the value of this was in the $700-$900 range at an auction.
 

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I have to agree with Rifleman

homemade powder is never going to be as energetic and refined as what the factories are making

it will work, but getting a uniform product with perfect ignition? highly unlikely
 

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Frankly, I'm with the idea of buying it from a reputable dealer, but because of the stifling government we have today, they are clamping down on our freedoms and ammunition. So, I will keep searching for a dealer who sells what I want. Thanks for all the inputs. You guys are great.
 
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I’m sorry but that is not true. Mine is as good or better than Goex.
Some people can be very good at it, but many are novices that make less than optimum results. What charcoal are you using? And to be honest, how many failed batches did you have before perfecting your recipe?
 

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Some people can be very good at it, but many are novices that make less than optimum results. What charcoal are you using? And to be honest, how many failed batches did you have before perfecting your recipe?
That is true, some people don’t belong on motorcycles, some don’t belong making powder. And I think most know where they fit in. I make my charcoal from willow trees. I did a lot of research on the internet and I made about 4 not so good powder tries before I figured out what works. It is really not that hard to do. This forum won’t let me tell you how but if you want to know how just google it and google it some more. Some common sense and knowledge will get you thru it.
 

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I am making powder that is cleaner and more energetic than anything ever to come out of Goex. It took a bit of practice and an investment in equipment to get it there, but I am happy with it for now. As a bonus I am able to tailor the density and grain size to different firearms, something that can't be done with commercial powder. As for charcoal, both eastern red cedar and black willow work quite well. If you are in the west, narrow leaf willow and aspen are quite good as well.
 
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I have to agree with Rifleman

homemade powder is never going to be as energetic and refined as what the factories are making

it will work, but getting a uniform product with perfect ignition? highly unlikely
Making your own black powder has come a long way in the last 5 years. Many people are making powder with as much and in some cases more energy than Goex. It has to do with the type of wood used in the charcoal.
 
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