/r/blackpowder

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Does anyone make their own bag molds?

I’d like to take a crack at making my own bag molds. I’m a machinist, and I’m frustrated with trying to find used ones, or trying to order through Callahan’s system. They seem relatively simple, but if anyone has experience in this area I’d appreciate whatever input/advice you may have.

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2024/06/30
03:58 UTC

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Can I use .44 Cal pistol ammo in a .50 Cal rifle?

8 Comments
2024/06/29
05:45 UTC

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Colt dragoon that showed up at my local gun store today

16 Comments
2024/06/28
16:52 UTC

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Any information on this derringer?

17 Comments
2024/06/28
05:34 UTC

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What is it?

i found that caplock pistol in my attic two years ago, my dad got it in the 90's from a gypsy.

11 Comments
2024/06/27
15:13 UTC

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Helped my LGS owner move a safe he bought and as payment, he fed me and let me dig through some of the stuff and take what I wanted. Not a bad haul for a couple hours of labor

19 Comments
2024/06/27
03:40 UTC

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Revolver kit?

Does anyone make a revolver build it yourself kit? I can find plenty of the single shot kits, but no revolver kits. I already have an Uberti 1851 Navy and I want to get a dragoon or walker, and I thought it would be really fun to finish one from a kit. I built a Hawken from a kit, so I already have most of the stuff for fitting and finishing a kit.

13 Comments
2024/06/26
23:56 UTC

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Early history in Japan

This video appeared on my YouTube feed a few days ago. Interesting for sure, but I'm particularly interested in your thoughts on the part at around 11 minutes in. They refer to the Japanese trying to replicate the muskets they had, but "couldn't figure out how to close the breech". What do you suppose was the problem they faced? And how was it solved back then? How were breech plugs (or whatever they used) made in those days?

https://youtu.be/_-jWZvPTRIA?si=FxQAS9ZNLdRno658

Anyway, enjoy the video!

17 Comments
2024/06/26
20:57 UTC

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How to clear?

Bought one of the IMA pattern 1842 officer muskets a while back and put it on the back burner for about a year. Everything else with the musket is nearly finished, just one issue. The breech plug is blocked. Zero airflow from the nipple to the powder cup. I’ve had it put in the ultra sonic for a couple 30min cycles, and one 3hr cycle. Nothing. Boiled it, nothing. Put caps on to try and blow it out of there, nothing. Put a small bit of powder under the nipple to try and boost (ik not the smartest idea but I was desperate), Nothing.

Im running out of ideas, if anyone has dealt with this please lmk, im losing my patience.

12 Comments
2024/06/26
19:19 UTC

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Struck gold finally

9 Comments
2024/06/26
14:11 UTC

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Question About Types of Nitrates Used in Black Powders

Hello. To put it shortly, I have been doing research into black powders for a story that I am writing. As I want the actual science of the story to be rather grounded, I've been looking a lot into various subjects: the nature of potassium nitrate, and potential substitutes for potassium nitrate that are feasible.

The reason I am looking into potassium nitrate substitutes, specifically, is because I am writing a story that involves the creation of synthetic black powder. The nitrate aspect being completely artificial, using technology from the late 19th to the very early 20th century. Think of the Haber-Bosch Process used to make ammonia, and the Ostwald process used to make nitric acid. It's particularly plot relevant, since natural sources of easily-accessible nitrate would torpedo about 60% of the plot, along with much of the premise.

I probably should have planned this out before I got to writing it, but I figure I can get it to work with enough chemistry. Here is what I've found out so far:

Potassium Nitrate: The traditional chemical used for gunpowder, wars have been fought over saltpeter. Valuable natural resource normally found in caves, from mining, and from guano islands.

Ammonium Nitrate: Can be used to make explosives. Infamous for that in question. Supposedly, Germany in the 1880s attempted to mix it with charcoal to make ammopulver, as a substitute for potassium nitrate in black powder. Supposedly, it didn't catch on and was an inferior product. I couldn't find much information about how it actually performed, other than vague statements saying that it "burned slower".

Sodium Nitrate: "Chilean saltpeter", used as a substitute for saltpeter when it came to fertilizer, also used in fireworks and explosives. I can't seem to find information about the performance of this if used to make black powder, either. But people have said that it's rather hygroscopic, so if it were stored anywhere that's vaguely humid, the sodium nitrate in the black powder would recrystallize and render it all useless.

I'm not too much of a whiz in chemistry myself, but to my knowledge, it's not impossible to process Ammonium Nitrate into either Potassium/Sodium Nitrate. However, I'm looking for reasons that someone might create one over the other for fertilizer. Part of my story involves a dichotomy between the obviously peaceful use of nitre as fertilizer, and the use of it in gunpowder. So, I want to know how I can make it work.

Sodium and Potassium Nitrate require access to some form of sodium and potassium; the Sodium Nitrate itself can be made with Ammonium Nitrate and Sodium Carbonate/Bicarbonate. But, for all intents and purposes, it seems that Ammonium Nitrate would be the go-to for someone making fertilizer, which in turn would mean it's allegedly not good for black powder.

I am, unfortunately, not much in a position to do any on-hands testing myself. And, if I got anything wrong above, please do correct me.

TL;DR Question: What would be the easiest chemical to manufacture, from scratch, for a story that calls for it to be used both as regular fertilizer and as the nitre in black power? If it's not possible to have both, what nitrate made for fertilizer would be easiest to convert into one that could be used in black powder?

7 Comments
2024/06/26
02:52 UTC

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Will I ever be able to shoot again

Ran out of caps last week. Cant find any anywhere online or in person.

38 Comments
2024/06/25
04:47 UTC

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The Tackle Box has #10 caps.

Picked up a tin from The Tackle Box in Lexington Park, MD. Not sure how many they got, but the guy didn’t take long finding stock.

0 Comments
2024/06/24
23:55 UTC

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Olney Texas Mowry Gunworks

Hi! My late husband worked at the Olney Mowry Gunworks in the '70's. During his employment, he purchased several long guns, and at least one shotgun. I still live in Olney. Our local museum has contacted me several times, asking that I loan the firearms for display in the museum.

I've had it suggested to me that I get the firearms insured.

My problem is, I have been unable to discover their value.

It's my understanding that Mowry black powder guns are still being made, but that the Olney ones are more desirable?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Also, any history of the Gunworks would be great 👍.

Thanks!

2 Comments
2024/06/24
22:37 UTC

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Need to find a cap musket under 200$

9 Comments
2024/06/24
22:28 UTC

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Black powder 12 gauge brass

Ok so I have a handful of Alcan 12 gauge i planned to load about 77gr of swiss 2f and a ounce of shot and I accidentally bought 10 gauge wads and cards can I still make this work? Can I cut them down if they are to big

2 Comments
2024/06/24
21:22 UTC

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Naa companion any good?

Thinking of grabbing one of these off gunbroker. Found a nice deal. Anyone have any experience with the cap and ball version of this guy? Is it well made? Does it function well? Just looking for some reviews before I drop 250. Been itching for a new gun but didn’t have the funds but found this. If its not a good buy anyone have any suggestions? Looking for a smaller caliber as well. No 44s

17 Comments
2024/06/24
17:09 UTC

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Who cares that it’s not a precision implement? Accuracy by volume is still accuracy… lol p1845 service musket, .76cal smoothbore offhand at 100yd.

17 Comments
2024/06/24
16:12 UTC

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BassPro Katy has Percussion Caps

https://www.cabelas.com/shop/en/remington-blackpowder-primers

If they have them in Katy they probably have them elsewhere

2 Comments
2024/06/24
15:36 UTC

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Front sight

Anybody have a quick and dirty way to reattach my blade front sight on the 20ga?

6 Comments
2024/06/24
10:59 UTC

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