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    Why No Pyrodex, 777, etc?

    I ask this question kind of as an aside, as I have no desire to use Pyrodex or any of the other black powder substitutes, but I must admit I am curious. Why are they against the rules?

    Finding true Holy Black is practically impossible in a lot of places. In my area, only Bass Pro carries real black powder and even so, they only offer one brand. Most stores look at you like you're crazy when you ask for REAL black powder. They point at the Pyrodex and say "It's right there." Then an explanation of the difference in black powder and black powder substitutes go right over their head. While ordering on-line is cheaper in the long run, there are a lot of folks who can come up with enough money to buy a can or two at their local store who can't comprehend buying enough at once to make the haz-mat fee break even. Even if they have the money, convincing the wife they need to spend that much on powder all at once can be a feat.

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    Simple........NONE of those are historically accurate.
    Never squat with yer spurs on!!!

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    I can buy that, but in the grand scheme of things, it seems a minor detail, similar to allowing dovetailed front sights or plastic tubes rather than paper cartridges. Not trying to change the rules by any means, as I would PREFER black powder to any of the substitutes, myself, but one must admit, it's not as easy to get your hands on as Pyrodex.

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    Many of us are shooting bullets that aren't historically accurate, either.

    But anyway. Part of it may be that BP substitutes also have higher ignition temperatures, and are thus more prone to fouling out.

    Our last local gun shop that sold BP has folded up. My only option for BP now is mail order.

    This is pretty much a "mail order hobby". Unless you are fortunate enough to live near the fort, you'll probably be buying most everything you need to participate through the mail, from clothes to guns to powder.

    Steve

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    Black powder

    Steve,
    Do you need us to bring you some powder from the Nationals?
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