You have been given most excellent advice from all of the above.skip77 said:Thank you all. I will dump it per Graybeard's post. I will not be using the cannon very often, only for holiday salutes. For that reason I would order only the smallest amount, I guess 1lb? That usually means I'll have to pay $50 plus for that amount. I'll keep looking. Thanks again guys.
Smart man, glad you asked, so many others just go do stuff without the proper knowledge and wind up missing fingers, eyes, or worse.scattered on the lawn
Smokeless powder burns it does not explode. There is no reason to assume what you suggest would work with this powder as it would with real BP. It is actually not an explosive at all but rather a progressive burning flamable.GGaskill said:While I don't think you should use this powder in any gun, don't just toss it. If you ever have any large rocks to break, you can drill a hole in the rock, fill it half full of this powder, stick in a fuse and close the hole with quikrete. After the quikrete has set, light the fuse and the rock will be reduced to smaller pieces.
No one suggested you order 20lb, but [email protected]$20/lb. While I understand the reluctance to order more powder than you think you'll use, which is why I originally suggested finding other blackpowder shooters to split the order, keep in mind that this hobby is addicting. My guess is that once you fire that little Brooks gun for the first time, you'll be needing more than 1/2 lb.skip77 said:too late - it's already scattered on the lawn out back and totally soaked in heavy rain. for reply about ordering 20lbs or something like that - i'm not really wanting to keep that much BP around my home. at the rate i will use the powder probably half a pound will last the rest of my life. thanks for comments.
I would strongly advise against using your cannon at high schools or other public events until you have accumulated a considerable amount of artillery experience. Too many things can go wrong and the liability is huge! I do not mean any disrespect, but if you are in fact a "hobby" artillerist with little to no practical first hand experience this is not the venue for you to fire your piece. It takes serious discipline and concentration to fire a cannon with distractions such as a football game. Rushing to get a shot off or making one minor mistake could cost big time...skip77 said:gulfcoast - sorry i meant to say 5lbs. i understand your points and thanks for thinking this over for me. i do not expect to become involved or addicted to shooting the cannon as you and others have suggested in other strings previously. i see that it certainly could be that way, since it is the case for most in the forum. if i didn't have other long-term hobbies it would probably get me as you has proposed. however, almost all my free time is used for fishing and tennis - these are my main hobbies. i really bought the cannon for holiday salutes and since there is no place nearby where I can fire the cannon for fun, i probably will not be jumping on it big. i will get some powder and learn how to fire and clean the cannon and then i will use it probably a couple times each year. i might make the cannon available to local high school if they would like me to start a tradition firing at touchdowns. from lessons learned in other threads here i would insist on my own area to set up and work in that case, where no visitors could intrude for safety purposes.