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Old April 18, 2013, 10:07 PM   #15
McShooty
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Join Date: January 4, 2012
Location: Northern Missouri
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Yes, something to be said for self reliance and taking care of yourself the cheap way. Folks who say they can always make black powder must be pretty sure they will have a supply of potassium nitrate, which makes up about 75% of black powder. At many points in history, saltpeter has been hard to come by. During those times squads of people scoured city neighborhoods collecting the previous night's production of urine from chamber pots. Evaporation and further rather aromatic processing was needed. It will take several thousand gallons just to get a start, so, better get going! Compared to that the charcoal and sulfur will be trivial.
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