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Do You Weigh Black Powder?

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In this video Eric discusses the reasons why you would want to measure measure black powder by weight rather than volume for the best consistenecy. Also, there were a couple of interesting results came up during data collection that are definitely worth looking into further. Stay tuned, much more on the way.

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7 thoughts on “Do You Weigh Black Powder?

  1. The only black powder shooting I have done is with a 50 caliber Hawken I built from a kit 30 years ago. I shoot only Pyrodex. It was easy, start with 60 grains by volume under a patched round ball. Shoot it over a white sheet on the ground. Increase volume of powder until you start seeing unburned powder on the sheet. Back off a few grains. Set your powder measure to that volume and never look back!

  2. Go one way or the other….shockey 3f substitute vs Swiss 2f is gonna give you different weights….plus Shockeys has no sulpher in it….your not making a good comparison here at all….just as in smokeless powders granulization has a lot to do with you charge….compare substitutes to substitutes & BP to BP….& follow the mfg instructions….Shockey’s Gold is designed for volume measure, nothing wrong with weighing your load by scale….but there is nothing wrong with measuring by volume when it comes to BP & BP substitutes….this comparison just don’t pan out….2f to 2f….3f to 3f….substitute to substitute….BP to BP….

  3. I weigh all my charges, black powder and smokeless. “Grains” is a measure of weight and so I weigh it. Takes a bit longer but it’s much more consistent, even using powders from the same container.

  4. I have some Pyrodex P and RS that I’ve had for a while and it weighs about 25% less than the volume. Pyrodex used to be made of sulfur,charcoal,potassium nitrate,a couple percent potassium perchlorate and 23% graphite. I always figured it was the graphite that made it weigh less,but I just checked Hodgdon’s website and looked at the safety data sheet for Pyrodex and it appears they have completely changed their formula at some point in the last few years. Now it’s made from potassium nitrate,potassium perchlorate and silica.

  5. Very interesting. I didn’t know this about Black Power. Thanks for the knowledge Eric.Also keep up the awesome content. IV8888 for life.

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