Anonymous 11/05/20 (Thu) 14:32:22 No. 126 [ D] [ DF]
Alright I'm back.
So, the first thing to anything is getting gunpowder. In many places, like in my country, it's impossible to buy it anywhere. More civilized places have the privilege of getting commercial gunpowder and substitutes like pyrodex. So I'm forced to go the old fashioned way and make some of my own. Tutorials all over the net suggest (by mass): 75% Potassium Nitrate (aka KNO3 or salpeter) 15% Charcoal, best kind is from soft woods, activated charcoal is the worst, avoid that completely. 10% Sulphur. I got all of the ingredients at a gardening store, the salpeter and sulphur was already nicely milled to a powder-like substance. What I had to do on my own was turn the bits of charcoal into powder and man that sucked. Salpeter is an alright substance, it doesn't really stick to anything nor does it travel by air in any way. Sulphur got slightly stuck to the improvised-funnel I made out of paper but it was minimal. But fucking charcoal got all over the damn place. Turning 15 grams of that stuff into powder was messy and bits of it quickly started floating in the air and getting on surfaces. The dirtiest part was funneling it into the final container for mixing (note that before this I had all the ingredients separately so it wouldn't blow up in case of something) because then it got all over the place even more. The mix looked good apart from tiny tiny bits of yellow sulfur, I don't know if that could have been fixed by mixing it more but for my first time I'd say it's good. Overall it took me around 2 hours to make 100 grams of gunpowder. Well, I actually got 96 grams so I lost 4 out of the 15 grams of charcoal when it started floating around and shit. I tested a small bit out on top of a piece of metal so I don't fuck over any surfaces that should not get fucked over and it went quite good. There was a bit of residue left, indicating that it could have been a better mix, but it should work. This powder is way too fine to be used in guns, I'll have to get it granulated, which I'll do on some other batch, which will be slightly time-consuming but rather easy. See y'all next time.
Anonymous 11/09/20 (Mon) 18:11:35 No. 128 [ D] [ DF]
It's pretty cool that you were able to make gunpowder. I always wanted to try to make it, but the only attempt I ever did wasn't successful, as it didn't really burn well. Probably had something to do with the purity of the salpeter. Oh well, maybe one day I'll try again
Anonymous 11/10/20 (Tue) 16:41:10 No. 129 [ D] [ DF]
Thanks for the feedback, anon! So it's been a day but the bits of gunpowder now don't want to ignite at all, I presume that it needs to dry more. I took one of the hardened bits and put it through a sieve, making small irregularly shaped pellets, perhaps those will dry quicker and I'll be able to spark em up sometime soon. What I am slightly worried about is if the pellets are strong enough because they fall apart into dust quite quickly, meaning that they would do the exact same thing if rammed in any gun barrel.
Regarding salpeter I managed to get about 2 pounds of the pure stuff, so my problems could be more stemming from the fact that I didn't grind up the ingredients well enough or I needed to pack the gunpowder REAL tight when I mixed it with water.
I do wish you luck in making your gunpowder if you ever try to do it again!
Anonymous 11/10/20 (Tue) 22:12:44 No. 130 [ D] [ DF]
Thanks, and good luck to you too. I will be reading this thread
Anonymous 11/11/20 (Wed) 00:08:14 No. 131 [ D] [ DF]
this is quite hilarious and i hope the gunpowder works
Anonymous 11/11/20 (Wed) 17:31:02 No. 132 [ D] [ DF]
Small update for today, looks like I didn't completely fuck over the powder and it's overall alright, so I have started to look for a muzzLELoader of my own on the interwebz. Powder's a bit slow-ish but I believe that the next batches will be better. Heck, I can try making more again tomorrow.
So far I'm thinking of getting a revolver similar to the one I used in the OP pic. However, I do not know if those niggas will ship to me so I might have to resort to some even more oldschool shit from a different seller such as single shot flintlock or single shot percussion.
Anonymous 11/11/20 (Wed) 20:15:39 No. 133 [ D] [ DF]
are you gonna wear some civil war teir outfit like the guy in the pic lol
Anonymous 11/12/20 (Thu) 15:11:57 No. 135 [ D] [ DF]
Forgot to say that pic related is the captcha that I got.
Anonymous 11/12/20 (Thu) 15:32:40 No. 136 [ D] [ DF]
And I'm back sooner than I expected, I wanted to post some of the channels I watch for muzzLELoaders
(Obviously) british fella who posts mostly about british guns, usually rifles.
>capandball https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8AyZZ9ElgU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBUBGR_TbCs
Usually does videos on the more expensive range of modern reproductions of muzzleloading guns. Good presentation and informative, though he is a huge Pedersoli shill.
>blackie thomas https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glz2OSks5Vk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vGq10TFar8
Does a range of videos, some of them address percussion guns, more amateur-ish than the previously mentioned channels, but can offer more practical advice.
Repro and antique gun reviews, shooting, similar amateur vibe as blackie thomas but I like how informative these videos are.
I hope this small list can help people who are interested about learning more about specific stuff.
Anonymous 11/14/20 (Sat) 15:12:43 No. 137 [ D] [ DF]
Found a small video which could help me and other pyromaniacs
Short version for making good powder would be
>Mix ingredients >mill them or grind them as finely as you can >add some sort of solvent (like water) >pack that shit real tight >after it's hardened get it granulated through a sieve or some sort of mesh
Anonymous 11/14/20 (Sat) 19:12:00 No. 138 [ D] [ DF]
That guy sounds like a magician
Anonymous 11/16/20 (Mon) 00:57:05 No. 139 [ D] [ DF]
Learn from him and also become a pyromancer, anon.
So, yet another small update. I made my second 100 gram batch of gunpowder, this time I ground up everything as good as I could, but what I noticed was that even despite what I did, I could still see bits of sulfur in there. I added the solvent (plain tapwater) and mixed it, and just squeezed it together with my hands as tight as I could, only then the sulfur bits disappeared, so the water part evidently is very important to the process. So now there is a 100 gram "snowball" of gunpowder drying on the radiator and it's going to be about 3 days before it becomes dry enough.
Anonymous 11/30/20 (Mon) 16:05:48 No. 140 [ D] [ DF]
Just checking in, I haven't blown myself up. I forgot to say that I split up the big ball because it was not drying on the inside into smaller bits, it dried quite quickly after that. Afterwards, I grated some of the powder blocks through a metal sieve and the resulting powder was alright. It certainly wasn't commercial-grade gunpowder that just goes POOF and disappears into smoke within a second, but it's an improvement.