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Gunpowder, also commonly known as black powder to distinguish it from modern smokeless powder, is the earliest known chemical explosive. It consists of a mixture of sulfur, carbon (in the form of charcoal) and potassium nitrate (saltpeter). The sulfur and carbon act as fuels while the saltpeter is an oxidizer. Gunpowder has been widely used as a propellant in firearms, artillery, rocketry, and pyrotechnics, including use as a blasting agent for explosives in quarrying, mining, and road building.
Gunpowder is classified as a low explosive because of its relatively slow decomposition rate and consequently low brisance. Low explosives deflagrate (i.e., burn at subsonic speeds), whereas high explosives detonate producing a supersonic shockwave. Ignition of gunpowder packed behind a projectile generates enough pressure to force the shot from the muzzle at high speed, but usually not enough force to rupture the gun barrel. It thus makes a good propellant, but is less suitable for shattering rock or fortifications with its low-yield explosive power. Nonetheless it was widely used to fill fused artillery shells (and used in mining and civil engineering projects) until the second half of the 19th century, when the first high explosives were put into use.
Gunpowder is one of the Four Great Inventions of China. Originally developed by the Taoists for medicinal purposes, it was first used for warfare around 904 AD. It spread across Eurasia by the end of the 13th century. Its use in weapons has declined due to smokeless powder replacing it, and it is no longer used for industrial purposes due to its relative inefficiency compared to newer alternatives such as dynamite and ammonium nitrate/fuel oil.
I have a black powder side by side shotgun up for sale.
Pedersoli made in Italy.
12ga. Percussion cap ignition
Inheritance gun I have never fired.
FFl transfer required in Washington as fast as I can tell.
Overall very good to excellent condition.
Heavy octagonal barrel. Adjustable rear sight. Metal and wood in great shape with a few light handling marks. Set trigger works properly.
I used Triple 7 for loading and Ballistol for cleaning. Also always used a bore guide when seating the ball to...
black powder 50 Cal muzzleloader with extras
comes with what is pictured
I do not know much about black powder rifles so can't answer questions on it functionality but what you see is what you get more pictures available
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I've got a pre-smokeless Smith and Wesson Safety Hammerless (New Departure) that I'd like to find some ammo for. I'm not interested in smokeless low pressure loads, I'm specifically looking for factory black powder loads or anyone with solid reloading advice for BP.
CVA Elkhorn Pro black powder muzzle loading rifle. 26" fluted barrel with bright shiny bore/rifling. Blued steel with camo pattern composite stock. Used a couple of seasons. Comes with original box and all accessories. Priced at $175. Located in Salem/Keizer
The CVA Elkhorn Pro is the first...
Knight Big Horn black powder muzzle loading rifle. 26" barrel with bright shiny bore/rifling, Stainless Steel, .50 Caliber, Composite stock. Used and priced at 1/2 it's original retail price. Come with original box, manual, and all original accessories. $350. Located in Salem/Keizer.
2 packs of 10, Hydra-Con .50 Cal, 440 Grain C.L. (basically a maxi-ball, bottom-center and upper right in the picture below). New in the package but old enough that the pre-lube is dry and flaking. They will need to be brushed-clean and re-lubed = $10 each
1 pack of 20, Thompson Center...
Shown below are a .45 Cal black powder barrel (Dixie Gun Works) and hardware for a "half-stock" style rifle. These were in my dad's inventory of parts. The barrel is an octagon, percussion cap style and is 28-3/4" long. The barrel has been cut for the front and rear sights and the rear sight...