A black powder substitute is a replacement for black powder used in muzzleloading and cartridge firearms black powder substitutes offer a number of advantages over black powder, primarily including reduced sensitivity as an explosive and increased efficiency as a propellant powder. Here is a brief overview of some of the best brands of black powder and black powder substitutes currently available on the market today to help you get started in picking the best powder for your muzzleloader before hitting the woods.
Black powder is an old propellant, formed from a blend of natural ingredients: sulfur, potassium nitrate, and charcoal classified as an explosive, few muzzleloaders use true black powder these days because of limited availability the energy produced by black powder in small arms use varies by manufacturer. Black powder is easy to ignite (480 degrees compared to 740 for alternatives) black powder alternatives, commonly used in in-lines, but also useful in most side-hammer guns, burn cleaner than black powder, but require a hotter spark to ignite.
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Black powder cannot be loaded in a progressive reloading machine unless the machine is modified to accept a powder measure that is designed for black powder black powder is susceptible to explosions caused by static electricity. Black powder black powder is a finely ground mix of charcoal, potassium nitrate, (anciently called saltpeter), and sulfur the exact proportions of the ingredients and the method of manufacture are currently highly guarded industrial secrets.
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