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Offline BuckskinsBP

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A little FLINTLOCK fun today!
« on: June 27, 2020, 06:43:19 PM »
Testing my reworked ( Originally was 2fa Artillery powder ) 3fg powder today. 50 yards with my Traditions Hawken Woodsman .50cal. 70gr 3fg, .020 patches and .490 round ball.

 Happy? You can't wipe the smile off my face!

 4fg Gearhart Owen in the pan. Instant ignition.

Its been a long while since I last shot the flinter. Mostly because my powder supply is always down. Shouldn't be an issue for a while!






Online goingoldskool

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Re: A little FLINTLOCK fun today!
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2020, 09:20:24 PM »
Very nice!  I'd be smiling too!!!!

Offline vtmtnman

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Re: A little FLINTLOCK fun today!
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2020, 12:56:59 PM »
Great shooting sir!

Offline doc nock

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Re: A little FLINTLOCK fun today!
« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2020, 04:04:26 PM »
Guess I am slower then some...

Are you saying you ground down 2f artillary powder to 3f size?

I've read a teeny bit on that and I thought it required wetting powder, grindin with mortar & pestil and pushing thru a precise size screen and then let dry??? ???

Offline BuckskinsBP

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Re: A little FLINTLOCK fun today!
« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2020, 05:53:45 PM »
adjustable flour mill. Artillery powder is about the size of your pinky nail. No need to wet it or anything, just run it through the mill * hand cranked * let it fall into a tub, then take it over to the screening process. Very little waste in the end.

I made 2fg - 3fg and 4fg.

My 2fg,


Just brought back another 25lb bag to do. My buddy supplies it and return, My reward is half the powder for doing all the dirty work.

This powder is also from 1974. He gave me the original packing box for this one.



Offline doc nock

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Re: A little FLINTLOCK fun today!
« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2020, 06:09:04 PM »
More power to ya!! Milling it dry?  Yikes...

BP is, I've read, viable forever nearly if it's dry, but I thought one made it damp, then grind it or mill it, then screen it and allow it to dry and you're good to go...

I buy Swiss and pay the hasmat fee...

You go boy! :):)

Offline BuckskinsBP

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Re: A little FLINTLOCK fun today!
« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2020, 06:13:21 PM »
I suggest you do some more reading on this. Theres more one way to skin a cat you know.

I guess you never heard of compressing wet BP into hockey pucks, and once its dry, break it up into small enough pieces and then run it through the flour mill. The way you know, is one of MANY ways of doing it when making it from scratch.

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Re: A little FLINTLOCK fun today!
« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2020, 06:18:55 PM »
Doesn't matter. I don't have a mill nor the temperament to give it a go...GLAD it works for ya! 

 if I had access to  Artillery powder, it might make sense to invest time and Effort to learn what you know...

Stay safe

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Re: A little FLINTLOCK fun today!
« Reply #8 on: July 24, 2020, 10:01:04 PM »
that is one helluva group!