Smokeless gunpowder problems

i need help making smokeless gunpowder into a solid ball instead of loose powder

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carbon9 years ago
The first thing that comes to mind for me is to just wrap it in something. I really can't help you unless I know what it's for...
well i tried to wrap it but that didn't work, so then i tried acetone which was somewhat affective in that it made a nice solid lump but had highly flammable fumes, what i want is a solid, almost like C4, that i can pack into a tube
Making rocket motors? You do know that you are veering in to the "dangerously stupid" zone, right? I'm guessing the solvent idea is the right track, but I have no idea what would be appropriate. One of the firearm cartridge reloading manuals might have a chapter on how smokeless powder is made. You might want to study up on that and make sure your solvent isn't changing the smokeless powder into another chemical altogether. That is, if you value all your fingers. Check with the BATFE too, make sure you are not manufacturing a felony. Just out of curiosity, what brand and type of smokeless powder are you using? That stuff is around $20 a pound nowadays, right?
i am an avid shotgun shell reloader and i use Red-Dot shotgun powder, and yes it is expensive, but of course you could always pull apart rifle shells, as for the changing of chemical comp., there is none, it simply acts as a binder. i also make rocket motors, but dont use smokeless powder i use black powder. all i want is a solid propellant to use in a survival kit. P.S. i checked with BATF i\and it is not illegal, just dangerous.
I suggest drying the lumps for a longer period away from heat and flame. That's close to how I remember they make smokeless powder in the first place. Red dot is pretty fast burning by itself, but if you're making large lumps, you will lose that property. So as long as you are making just lumps, check out the price on surplus "pull down" powder. Frequently it's a fourth of the price of the name brand stuff. Specific, calibrated burning rates that do not vary between powder lots are not needed if you are just making lumps. I also assume they can sell it cheaper because there's no consumer liability insurance. It might work well in your application. You do realize I have zero experience and disclaim all responsibility. Furthermore, IANASPM (I am not a smokeless powder manufacturer) Good luck with your secret plans. Take care of those digits. (and if you are making rocket motors, others have done it differently with cheaper materials)
I'm not makeing motors. what I am trying to do is make a hot, violent burn.
 well if you want a hot violent burn, use a 50-50 mixture of powdered rust and powdered aluminium. then use magnesium ribbon as a fuse. in case that mixture sounds familiar; yes, that is thermite.
I dont know if this will work for you, but if you soak it in alcohol, squash it together and find some way to keep it in that shape it will stay.
Tombini8 years ago
Make some Flash candy, works for me...
callmeshane8 years ago
I am not sure of it's solubility OR suspendability in water or other things, but what comes to mind is adding a "binder" such as say 3 or 5% gelatin or sugar (by volume to the powder) in a enough water with perhaps a spot of detergent to wetten it properly, and then dry it.... in a warm spot for several days. Or use some sulphur dissolved in Toluene on a similar basis. Perhaps you can regell the powder in a little ether and cast it into a ball shape. ...
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