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Old May 16th, 2014, 06:00 PM   #1
 
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Black powder. Who sells it?

Looking for a local or nearly local supplier for black powder. Not Pyrodex or anything like that. I like to shoot good old FFg black powder. I'm in SW Arkansas. Looking for a merchant in Arkansas or East Texas. Anyone know of a merchant?



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Howdy! I'm in Little Rock. Powder Inc. in Clarksville has everything you could ever want regarding black powder. Great people to deal with.

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Howdy! Im in s arkansas also, just wanted to say hello. I get my American Pioneer Powder fffg from Big Bucks Pawn shop in Eldo
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Most of the big box stores like Bass Pro Shop, Cabelas or Gander Mountain carry black powder. You will have to ask for it, it will not be on the shelves. Because black powder is classified as an explosive, it must be stored in a locked storage container. Keep yer powder dry..........Robin
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Looking for a local or nearly local supplier for black powder. Not Pyrodex or anything like that. I like to shoot good old FFg black powder. I'm in SW Arkansas. Looking for a merchant in Arkansas or East Texas. Anyone know of a merchant?
I don't know where in Arkansas you live but if it's a city with more than one LGS I bet one of them has it you just have to ask.
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Most of the big box stores like Bass Pro Shop, Cabelas or Gander Mountain carry black powder. You will have to ask for it, it will not be on the shelves. Because black powder is classified as an explosive, it must be stored in a locked storage container. Keep yer powder dry..........Robin
Stuff is all over the shelves here. 1 lb jugs. 8 lb jugs.
Being Explosive doesn't mean it has to be locked up in the stores. May be different in sunny Florida.
An LGS here puts theirs behind glass so no morons decide to open them up and let in a little moisture just to see what it looks like.
Cabela's, Gander Mtn, and Bass Pro have it parked on the shelves. No limits. You just have to legally be able to buy it.

Bullets use the same powder. Parked all over the shelves in nice individual containers. Cartridges. Even has the necessary ignition source plugged right in.
Surprisingly enough, they even deliver Go Fast powders directly to your house.
Just have to pay the HAZMAT fees.
Get 8# jugs sent in from Grice's Gun shop in Penn. all the time. Cheaper than anywhere I can find. Even with the HAZMAT fees, it's $100 cheaper buying 8 lbs from Grice's than if I try to hunt around for it 'Locally.'
Meaning I still have to drive an hour both ways to spend more money than pushing my mouse around for a few minutes. I like to support the local gun shops whenever possible, but it's a No brainer for me.
Brown will bring the stuff right to your door. In beautiful black 8 lb jugs.
Then I can spend more time reloading and shooting, and less time driving around looking for a good deal on powder.

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I think that ChooseWisely is confused. Just because a powder or its container are black doesn't make it Black Powder. Black Powder is comprised of earth elements, sulfur, potassium nitrate and charcoal. Smokeless powder's main ingredient is nitro cellulose, as in nitro glycerin. Black Powder burns at a very rapid rate, and the same rate, whether confined in a barrel or poured on the ground. Smokeless powder burns slowly in the open but much faster if confined. Because the BATF has classified Black Powder as an explosive, a store that is licensed to sell it must keep it in a locked storage container. Black Powder is only sold in one pound containers. If you see an eight pound container, it is smokeless powder. NEVER PUT SMOKELESS POWDER IN A MUZZLELOADER! You will blow up your gun and likely your self. Smokeless powder creates a pressure up to or slightly over 60,000 psi and Black Powder at around 10 to 12,000 psi. The design of any muzzleloader has a hole in the barrel, either in the side, or in the end, as in an inline, and that is the weakest part of the barrel, the part closest to your face and hand..........robin

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I bought my last supply from Cedar Creek in Stanford, Kentucky. It came in 50 one pound cans, and I got a mix of 2F, and 3F and a couple of cans of 4F. It was Goex, brand. I've still got about 7 or 8 cans left. That was at least 10 years ago. I used to shoot a lot of black powder both cartridges, as well as muzzle loaders, percussion and flintlock pistols, rifles and shotguns. It really is a neat sport.
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I think that ChooseWisely is confused. Just because a powder or its container are black doesn't make it Black Powder. Black Powder is comprised of earth elements, sulfur, potassium nitrate and charcoal. Smokeless powder's main ingredient is nitro cellulose, as in nitro glycerin. Black Powder burns at a very rapid rate, and the same rate, whether confined in a barrel or poured on the ground. Smokeless powder burns slowly in the open but much faster if confined. Because the BATF has classified Black Powder as an explosive, a store that is licensed to sell it must keep it in a locked storage container. Black Powder is only sold in one pound containers. If you see an eight pound container, it is smokeless powder. NEVER PUT SMOKELESS POWDER IN A MUZZLELOADER! You will blow up your gun and likely your self. Smokeless powder creates a pressure up to or slightly over 60,000 psi and Black Powder at around 10 to 12,000 psi. The design of any muzzleloader has a hole in the barrel, either in the side, or in the end, as in an inline, and that is the weakest part of the barrel, the part closest to your face and hand..........robin

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Gee Robin. Really? Just because it's in a black container? That's what you got out of it? Pffft.
Jump down off your horse.
No confusion here.

Seems I let the conversation slip from 'where can I buy black powder?', to simply buy it online. Bunch of places are more than willing to ship it to you.
Even black powder.
And real sorry they don't let you boys in Tenn. actually touch dangerous stuff like powders without adult supervision. Seems a lot of places tried to move beyond that.
Maybe they keep it locked up in Tenn for other reasons.
Regardless of what you might think or hear, black powder (as well as smokeless powder) when it's available, is sitting out on the shelves here in all the Big Box stores here in Illinois.
Some of it may even be behind a sliding glass door. Maybe that qualifies as a locked explosives storage container here in Illinois.
Oooh. Maybe Tenn has their own laws? And maybe they vary from county to county. Gun laws are so convoluted.

BTW, smokeless powder is also considered a very HIGHLY EXPLOSIVE. Even says it right on the container.
Yet, it's parked right there on the shelves in Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, among others.
My mistake, though. Black powder may not be sold in #8 jugs. I was making general reference to buying powder online. Any powders.
And nobody advocated or suggested putting smokeless powder in anybody's antiquated black powder stuff.
I have absolutely no suggestions as to what you put in your guns. Powdered Kool-aide, for all I care.
I prefer guns that can actually shoot fairly straight and are consistent. And not have to wait until the smoke clears in order to see if I actually hit what I was aiming at.
Or if it's even still standing there. Or which direction it went. Maybe it's pissed off and sprinting for some pay back. Now, as you no longer have the ability to use it as a gun, you only have a club.
Or having to make balls with absolutely zero Ballistic Coefficient.
Does it sound like I may have gone out hunting with a couple guys with black powder rifles?
As an Instructor, maybe you just poke paper, and it's satisfactory to you. Or maybe you do hunt with it, and are satisfied with the results. Doesn't cut it for me. But, to each his own.
Not my cup of tea. Guns are not some cool old wall-hanger toy to me.

I merely suggest that instead of spending a bunch of time driving around only to be disappointed by a meager powder selection, look online.
Cheaper and you get what you want. Not whatever they have on hand.

Even Black powder. Check it out.
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Gee, Choose Wisely, you really got all over Hawkens, I doubt he was aware of you're expertise in the use of modern day firearms. However, I've never had a problem waiting for the smoke to clear while shooting my Sharps 45-70 at a steel popper at 500 yards, and hearing that all familiar "clang" after what seemed like forever in the projectile getting there, or my Springfield trapdoor musket, at that same range, and circumstances. I do like going back to the old days and ways of shooting every now and then. You might try it, I think you would enjoy it. They definitely are very accurate per se.
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ChooseWisely sez:
"...smokeless powder is also considered a very HIGHLY EXPLOSIVE. Even says it right on the container."

GONRA sez: It’s just a PROPELLANT. No detonation wave……
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Gee, Choose Wisely, you really got all over Hawkens, I doubt he was aware of you're expertise in the use of modern day firearms. However, I've never had a problem waiting for the smoke to clear while shooting my Sharps 45-70 at a steel popper at 500 yards, and hearing that all familiar "clang" after what seemed like forever in the projectile getting there, or my Springfield trapdoor musket, at that same range, and circumstances. I do like going back to the old days and ways of shooting every now and then. You might try it, I think you would enjoy it. They definitely are very accurate per se.
I'll keep that in mind. But, I'm already predisposed with high power precision accuracy. Not found in any musket.
May be accurate for a musket, or an old black powder rifle, but accuracy in my book, is best defined with a hole thru the center of a target. Not somewhere close.
A round ball being projected with dirty, unstable powder has pretty poor, unreliable ballistics. In my book.
Watch them shoot black powder rifles and pistols all the time at the club.
Have never thought, "Boy, I'd really like to own one of those."
Gotta admit, they are a lot of work.
From your background as a marksman, you may be able to appreciate my not wanting to go backwards in accuracy.
Don't think I will be investing in black powder firearms any time soon.
Never find one that will replace the rush when sending one with the TAC 50.
Actually have had several black powder shooters set their stuff down and want to poke a few with the 50.
Never felt the urge with black powder.
Good on you guys that shoot the stuff.
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