posted on May, 3 2013 @ 09:31 PM
Well first off,don't waste your powder by sticking a wick in the can and tossing it! All you'll do is make a flash and some smoke. I realize you
were joking,of course, but some people don't realize how smokeless powder works and whats required to make use of its potential energy.
As fr as making it, I don't know that it would be easily done by an average person with the resources they might be expected to have or be able to
aquire. I've never seen it done anyway. Blackpowder can be done,although it is far more complicated than simply mixing the compnents and expecting
commercial grade performance. Also, even if you do make good black powder,it really isn't suited to many of the cartridges commonly in use today. It
tends to work best in larger capacity straight wall cases,like the 45-70 and the like. Not that it can't work to some degree in others,but if I was
going to use it I would probably stick to loading it in my .44 and .375 Winchester,with heavy for calibre cast lead bullets. I don't think you'd
have much luck loading it in something like a 9mm,although that thought does make me curious. Of course something like the old .45 "long" colt was
originally loaded with BP,so there's a viable option. Revolvers would be the way to go,as I imagine an auto would quickly foul and cease to
So,in short,I think we are kind of stuck with using modern smokeless powder,or it's back to BP and old school firearms.