Bulk Smokeless Powder for ML

Discussion in 'Blackpowder & Musket' started by RMc, Sep 30, 2010.

  1. RMc

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  2. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Well-Known Member

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    Blackhorn 209 isn't the same as smokeless powder. It's supposed to be very good and clean burning but I haven't tried it yet as I still have a few pounds of Jim Shokey Gold left.
     

  3. RMc

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    Bulk Smokeless

    "...an independent spectrographic and gas chromatograph analysis of Blackhorn 209 conducted by Luke Haag and published by C. Rodney James in 2009 (Single Shot Rifle Journal, Jan/Feb 2009, Vol. 62, NO. 1) revealed that it is a nitrocellulose base powder with potassium nitrate and sulfur added..."

    http://home.earthlink.net/~manzanovalph/Blackhorn209.pdf
     
  4. stalkingbear

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    Yeah but what I'm saying is it's not conventional smokeless powder due to the burn rate-lest someone out there try it at home with smokeless powder in their muzzleloader.
     
  5. RMc

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    Understand.

    That is probably why BlackHorn 209 is marketed without mention of its nitrocellulose base.
     
  6. Highpower

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    As for the rest of the story....
    http://home.earthlink.net/~manzanovalph/Blackhorn209.pdf

    It appears to me that there is a pattern of leaving out specific information about this product from both the manufacturer and reviewers. Things like the fact that is packaged in a standard 1 lb. canister, but only contains 10 ounces of power. Doesn't exactly give me a warm and fuzzy feeling about the stuff. :cool:

    I don't own an in-line muzzle loader so I have no dog in this hunt. But after looking at a few independent reviews on the web about the powder, it appears to be good stuff for some applications, but not so much for others. (Shotgun and small caliber metallic cartridges.) I have also read that the nitrocellulose base is not allowed for use in certain matches or some states for hunting?

    Also interesting is the fact that I cannot find a published MSDS sheet for the product. Just some observations from the sideline.
     
  7. quigleysharps4570

    quigleysharps4570 New Member

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    Guess I don't need to worry about it...regular ole blackpowder is all I shoot. ;)
     
  8. alsaqr

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    RMc, thanks for the link. i know a guy who left his Knight rifle uncleaned for a couple of weeks after firing it using BlackHorn. Now the bore is rusted and pitted.

    IMO: BlackHorn is too darn expensive and i will stick with Goex Pinnacle and JSG.
     
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  9. whtsmoke

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    Quigley you are my kind of guy, nothing but black. 2fdown the tube and 4f in the pan, what else could you ask for?:)
     
  10. RMc

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