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I've thought about getting into black powder guns, but there are all kinds of terms being flung around that I have no idea what people are talking about. What is Pyrodex? There seem to be all kinds of different powders, so are that all just a variation of black powder?

Is this stuff naturally corrosive? I've heard guys say that you need to clean the gun immediately when you are done shooting for the day.
 

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buy a book on the subject, not that much to learn really. pyrodex is powder for use in black powder rifles. powder is rated by how finely ground it is, f, ff, fff, ffff one f is the finest, four f is the coursest. 3f is used to prime locks and often shot in pistols, 4f is used in rifles and cannons.
 

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Aw heck. I thought the ff gradings were the reverse. fff was the finest powder. Shows you how much I know about this. Maybe I should stick to guns where I just stick a cartridge into it and pull the trigger. Probably would be able to spend more time shooting than shoving things down the barrel anyway.
 

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actually your right, oops, in a hurry. it is the other way around. sorry to confuse you more higher the f the finer the powder.sorry pal, i was just trying to be helpful and wasnt watching what i was typing. but try blackpowder, its very fun and the history and nestalgia are awsome.
 

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If you want to shoot black powder please do yourself a favor and buy a beginners text on the subject.Sam fadala wrote a pretty good one,and both c.v.a and thompson-center print excellent phamplets on basic SAFE operation of your black powder gun.I have been shooting black powder for 35 years and I have seen some pretty serious accidents occur. Muzzle loaders are just about as much fun as you can have with your clothes on.but require the same safety precautions as any other firearm plus a couple of their own. Happy shooting!
 
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