- Jul 8, 2004
- Reaction score
- GREATER ST. LOUIS COUNTY
A GOOD QUESTIOON AND HARD TO CHECK. IN MY READING I HAVE COME ACROSS NUMEROUS REFERENCES TO POOR QUALITY BLACK POWDER.. THE INGREFIENTS VARIED WIDLY IN PROPORTION ETC. ARE BEST POWDER IN THOSE DAY PROBABLY AME FROM BRITIN AND DURING THE WAR OUR HOME PRODUCTION OF B POWDER WAS A MKE SHIFT PROPOSITION CREATED BY AMATEURS BUT IMPROVING AS TIME WENT ON.I know that this is likely an impossible to answer question but there are quite a few knowledgeable fellows on here that might have some insight on this.
How would blackpowder from the colonial era compare to today's blackpowder in terms of velocity? We all know that today's Goex generally produces slower velocities and pressures than today's Swiss (assuming the same granulation). GENERALLY speaking was the typical powder of that time period slower and dirtier like Goex or faster and less fouling like say Swiss?
I'm sure that just like today there were different qualities or grades if you will, just curious if the powders available back then trended in one direction or another.
BRITAIN HAD WISELY DONE A LOT TO RESTRICT OUR SELF DEFENCE BECAUSE THEY KNEWIT COULD BE USED AGAINST THEMM. THE BATTLE OF CONCORD HAPPENED BECAUSE THE BRITS SET OUT TO CONFISCATE SOME POWDER THEY THOUGHT WE HAD.