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olmontanaboy
March 8, 2009, 07:23 PM
About 10 years ago I bought a can of powder at a gun show, it was called Black Mag Powder, it was a black powder subistute, It loaded the same as black powder, by volume. It left almost no residue was supposed to be totally non-corrosive and non-ariscopic (not sure about that spelling but it means it does not absorb moisture from the air). and it even gave off a white smoke upon ignition. I only used it a few times in 45-70 cases and it worked fine. I also tested it on a piece of bare steel for a few weeks to see if it rusted or eroded the metal, it didn't. I've never seen it for sale and don't know if it's still made. any one have any experience or even heard of it.

Hawg
March 8, 2009, 07:48 PM
You can still get it but it's expensive. http://www.mdm-muzzleloaders.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=M&Category_Code=POWDER Real bp and Pyrodex aren't as hydroscopic as most folk believe.

olmontanaboy
March 8, 2009, 07:56 PM
Thanks Hawg, wow, that $20 Haz-Mat fee is a kick in the backside. Do you know if any stores like cabela's carry it?

Hawg
March 8, 2009, 08:04 PM
Cabela's doesn't list it online but they do list it in their warning so it may be available at some outlets. Most stores I frequent only stock Pyrodex, Triple 7 and APP.

simonkenton
March 9, 2009, 08:55 AM
I bought some Black Mag3 a few years ago from Cabelas.
Black Mag 3 billed the stuff as "non corrosive," though it was interesting to me that Cabelas did not call it "non corrosive."
I fired one cylinder in my 1860 Colt, and let the gun set for a few weeks.
Thank God, I did run a patch down the bore, otherwise did not clean.
In two weeks the gun was covered in red rust!

Supposedly the Blackhorn 209 is non corrosive, now I need a "209 primer and ball" pistol to set it off!

olyinaz
March 9, 2009, 12:30 PM
>>>Supposedly the Blackhorn 209 is non corrosive, now I need a "209 primer and ball" pistol to set it off!<<<

I really do wish Ruger would make such a beast!

Best,
Oly

olyinaz
March 9, 2009, 12:35 PM
Here's an interesting article on the powder (with comments re. most other powders as well):

http://www.chuckhawks.com/black_mag3.htm

Cheers,
Oly

olyinaz
March 9, 2009, 12:39 PM
Here's more info:

http://www.emainehosting.com/blackmag/

Cheers,
Oly

olmontanaboy
March 10, 2009, 09:26 AM
Thanks for the info, I'd like to try it again if I could find a store that carrys it around the Phila area.