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Old October 23, 2012, 01:40 PM   #1
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burnt Pyrodex Acidic or Basic?

I'm trying to figure out how to neutralize the corrosive by-products of Pyrodex RS.

I've read 2 different theories with corresponding recommendations.

Theory 1: Burnt pyrodex is basic and should be cleaned with a hot wate + Vinegar mixture.

Theory 2: Burnt pyrodex is Acidic and should be cleaned with hot water + lye soap or ammonia.

My bottle of Ballistol says it's mildly alkaline so that it would be good for neutralizing the acid in Pyrodex.

I have heard reference to several different compounds: Chlorates, Potassium Perchlorate, Sulfuric Acid.

Anyone have a strip of Litmus paper?
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