Making black powder

theres a lot of guides on how to make black powder, some of them really perform well
but how do i make cannon grade black powder?
all i know is that you use 6 mesh sieves, which gives you grains the size of about wheat grains
but all the guides i see result in a powder thats usually way too small

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  1. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >all i know is that you use 6 mesh sieves, which gives you grains the size of about wheat grains
    that's all you do. re-puck anything that doesn't screen as large enough and just make it like normal.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      how would i puck it in the first place?

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        with a shop press and dies.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          i dont exactly have the money or space for something that large
          also, for cannon grade black powder, i'd prefer that it be less powerful anyways, so i'd rather not corn it

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            also, it seems like i can just use my vice, but again i dont know if i want to puck it

            • 4 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              you won't get enough pressure in a vice, unless your vice is actually a huge arbor press. just do the CIA process if you don't care about performance.
              before you ask, just look up a YouTube video.

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                well, i've already looked at different methods and know about the cia method, but i was wondering if there was a method specifically for making larger grain powder or not (other than corning)

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                Extrude through a plate and scrape it off at desired length.

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >i dont exactly have the money or space for something that large
            Then why are you even asking this dumbass question? If you don't have the money& speace for a press, you don't have the money& space for a fricking cannon

            • 4 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              buying one massive costly thing isnt an excuse to buy another massive costly thing, especially when theres a cheaper way to do it that results in safer powder, i hate these dumb arguments

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                Presses are neither massive or costly.
                They are also required for making safe, effective powder.

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                fine i'll just ask my mechanic friend if he has one, and if i dont get decent results from a normal method of making powder then i'll buy a cheap press and throw it in my shed or something

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                >safer powder
                that is whatever is most consistent, which weak granual actions are not. without pucking and corning the powder will be greatly affected by your loading procedure, how it was transported, how old it is, etc. high density and high strength powder resists crumbling, doesn't settle out and maintains it's shape/grain size under ramming and handling. which makes it better in every way.
                weak powder is dangerous, which is why nobody has sold that for, I dunno, centuries.

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            You either have the space or you're going to have a very bad time buggering around with BP.
            You can weld a fricking bottle jack press out of scrap you have in your garage. Again if you have no such scrap or a garage you're going to have a very bad time.

            • 4 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              >safer powder
              that is whatever is most consistent, which weak granual actions are not. without pucking and corning the powder will be greatly affected by your loading procedure, how it was transported, how old it is, etc. high density and high strength powder resists crumbling, doesn't settle out and maintains it's shape/grain size under ramming and handling. which makes it better in every way.
              weak powder is dangerous, which is why nobody has sold that for, I dunno, centuries.

              alright then, i'd rather minimize risks when it comes to loads measured in pounds rather than grains
              i'm getting the feeling that i wouldnt even be able to make powder with a larger grain than fg since all bp making tutorials seem to result in a finer grain before they even sieve it

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                as in, i'll just get the press)

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                If you have space for a cannon you have space for a press.

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                yes i just said i'll get the press incel

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                Just hammering it home fella. Have you worked out which woods you can get hold of and how you're storing and charring it? Because you can't just tip the stuff you use for your grill in there and expect it to work well. Balsa is generally the top dog, willow and dogwood are top tier but good luck finding it (and it has to be real willow, the various creosote bushes that pass for willow in some parts of the US are going to be utter shit).

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                theres a guy online selling alder charcoal for $20 for 20lbs with $20 shipping, which should work pretty well
                for material cost alone, each pound of black powder should cost only about $2.60, with both the saltpeter and sulfur being 99% purity
                i've also watched a video about making powder that performs as well as swiss from toilet paper charcoal

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                If you go back through that guy's videos you'll see how and more importantly why to puck it too. He also has a nice grinder, which you are going to want something very similar to.

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                i missed that part

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                That lad's got a good sensible attitude to the work. You could do worse than watching all his non-meme/just shooting stuff.

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                If you go back through that guy's videos you'll see how and more importantly why to puck it too. He also has a nice grinder, which you are going to want something very similar to.

                He's working on a new video on how he does it since his process has change a lot.

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                >Just hammering it home fella. Have you worked out which woods you can get hold of and how you're storing and charring it? Because you can't just tip the stuff you use for your grill in there and expect it to work well. Balsa is generally the top dog, willow and dogwood are top tier but good luck finding it (and it has to be real willow, the various creosote bushes that pass for willow in some parts of the US are going to be utter shit).

                theres a guy online selling alder charcoal for $20 for 20lbs with $20 shipping, which should work pretty well
                for material cost alone, each pound of black powder should cost only about $2.60, with both the saltpeter and sulfur being 99% purity
                i've also watched a video about making powder that performs as well as swiss from toilet paper charcoal

                >theres a guy online selling alder charcoal for $20 for 20lbs with $20 shipping, which should work pretty well
                >for material cost alone, each pound of black powder should cost only about $2.60, with both the saltpeter and sulfur being 99% purity
                >i've also watched a video about making powder that performs as well as swiss from toilet paper charcoal

                FRICK ALL THAT NOISE USE CHARMIN

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                lmao it's a fricking smoothbore cannon, you don't need to go chasing performance.

  2. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Bump

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

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