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Being a Pyrodex user for many years and not knowing Black Powder I'm needing some instructions on its safe use. I did it, I bought a pound of Goex 2FG BP to try in my muzzle loaders. Can I put this stuff in the same type of a metal (steel) powder flask to carry and use for charging the rifle with? my adjustable brass BP powder measure is it OK to use as well? Any other things I should know on storage and use? TIA
I shot black powder for many years, and when I first started the black powder came in steel cans, so should be no problem there. I also used an adjustable brass powder measure, and used a dipper made from a .45 ACP case for my revolver. I stored my black powder away from the house in an unheated shop, and never had any problems with the powder.
We shot club competition, and I just always preferred the black powder to the substitutes.
It takes more spark (heat) to activate pyodex. Us black powder in the pan. You may have to switch to a hotter primer if you use a percussion. I sometimes use 10 grs of black powder down the barrel first as a kicker to the pyrodex.
I use goex 2f and goex 2f only in all my civil war type repro rifles and carbines for both blank and live fire. Ive used 3f in a flask for my 1860 colt army with no issues. It fires in rifles using standard rifle percussioncaps.
Most folks advise against charging directly from a flask for obvious reasons.
I use a flask and a measure.
Having managed to survive my misspent youth relatively intact, I have slowed down considerably.
I was recently caught listening to some good advice.
I've never had BP go off when I didn't want it to. Just take precautions. Sparks and static electricity are what you want to avoid. I've tried substitutes but I always go back to black. One nice thing is i'ts almost impossible to blow a decent 19th-century rifle with BP. And if you are a grain or two off (but you won't be) on your charges, it's not a disaster.
Thanks to all that gave a idea and advice. I think it would be wise to buy another powder flask for the BP. Soon as it warms up some I'll get out and do some shooting but it being below 0 right now I think I'll just have to wait. I shoot 2 rifles one is a first edition T/C Renagade with the double set triggers and the other is a T/C Encore 209X50 Mag. For the 209 rifle the T/C book lists 150 grains of FFG BP under a 370 gr cast lead slug as the max load, pretty impressive stuff to me. With a 200-250 gr sabot jacketed slug and the same load it shows just short of 2,000 fps, again impressive to me for a BP rifle. I'm thinking of a spring bear hunt this year I hear bear meat is great for tacos but to try it ya have to make the bear co-operate and they wont do that alive. Oh yes good old Gov. Brian has already backed off his letter to shoot wolves.
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