What went wrong?

Discussion in 'Black Powder Shooting / Muzzleloaders / Handguns' started by cannonman, Jul 6, 2020.

  1. cannonman

    cannonman Active Member

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    I've made pounds and pounds of BP but this is the first time I was dismayed. My KCLO3 was prilled. This worked fine when I ran it through a coffee grinder and once ball milled it. This time I ball milled it and it came out feeling damp. I added more balls and let it run for some 30 hours. It still had a bit of a gritty feeling. I keep my float charcoal in an air tight container. After screening the stuff it never came to the same hardness as all other batches. Usually my stuff is screened - some call corning - for cannon application and is extremely hard. This time you can grab a handful and crush it into powder? I think my KCLO3 might have been damp? I only made 2# of the stuff and still have about 5# in a jar. Now what? Do you think I could put it into solution, dry it and re-mill? Or....?
     
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  2. Gun Geezer

    Gun Geezer Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Have you tried some of those desiccant pouches that look like chewing wads & come packed in some small overseas items? You can re-use them by drying them in the micr-wave or warming oven. If your problem is moisture, that should help without polluting the mixture.
     

  3. cannonman

    cannonman Active Member

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    Yurp! Thinking alike. I've got a wood moisture meter and as soon as I find where in the world I put it, I want to try it. When I lived in New Mexico, moisture was non-existent. Now here in beautiful Tennessee, well ya can drink the air. I don't puck as I only want cannon BP. I'm not sure if the pressure of pucking would help rid the humidity problem.
     
  4. ms6852

    ms6852 GUNZILLA Supporting Member

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    If your making your powder at home, next time you make another batch , try lowering the temperature in the house for a few hours by putting the A/C in the 60's. The cold air will dry up any moisture in the house.
     
  5. sharps4590

    sharps4590 Well-Known Member

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    For what I know about it, I believe your last sentence is your answer.
     
  6. cannonman

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    Thanks. I make this outdoors. Usually 5# at a time. I think I'll put this batch in the vault where I can control the humidity level. I'm wondering if I should take this batch to a slurry, dry and screen from there. I won't puck even though I make my own puck-er-izer. There about 4" in diameter so 5# would take a very long time and the only grinder I have makes about F2 which is too fast for what I want. Hope to have a good answer back here in a while.

    I have a 45-70 TC. It's scares most. I was wondering what a 45-90 is like? or a 45-110? I think the latter is as long as they get? Massive round! Awesome!
     
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  7. Wild Turkey Cogburn

    Wild Turkey Cogburn Well-Known Member

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    My "normal" .50cal muzzle loader load is 110gr.
    I tried 3 rounds at 150gr. Pretty good thump, but not as bad as 12ga goose loads. Accuracy was terrible. 110gr shoots 3-4". 150gr was 8".