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Powder Brands and Alternatives

With Goex so scarce this time of year, what are recommendations for alternative brands. I can generally find Pyrodex and Hogden Triple7. Recognizing that I will need to start fresh to fine tune a new load, I'm just interested in the wisdom and experience of the collective here.

I have a 50 Cal Lyman Deerstalker, and like the 250 Gr. Powerbelt Aerolite Bullet if that helps with recommendations.
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Comparing Goex, KIK and Elephant brands of black powder

I tried black Elephant years ago. It worked or me but I found it left a greasy residue on everything it touched and burned after just a few shots that needed to be removed. Also found some small charred twigs in the powder and this was something of a concern.

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I'm a fan of the Swiss blk powder. Its a little harder to find than goex but it burns cleaner and I dont have to use quite as much

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Go the extra mile and get the real stuff.When you do get a couple cans so you have it.
The subs ignite at about 800-900 degrees and real blackpowder is around 300 degrees.
The subs also have a different corrosion than real blackpowder.Some say they burn cleaner but are more corrosive.
Some say blackpowder is dirtier but if you have a properly patched RB it burns clean.
Some put a little blackpowder down 1st and then the subs.Why not all blackpowder?
My recommendation is either Goex or Swiss real blackpowder for less headaches.
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I tend to prefer the real as well. So next question. Anyone know where I can get my hands on some in Harrisburg/Hershey area?

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Dixon is close to you.

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This. Dixons is not real far past Cabelas on I-78 to kutztown exit, then only a few miles off the highway. They are open Sundays 12-5 also. Saw a sign that they will be closed Jan 10-19 though when I was up last. When I get it I buy an extra pound. I store the opened cans in ziplock bags as an extra precaution but someone on here mentioned vacuum seal bagging the cans and I may try that for long-term storage. My old man has a can of 4f that was bought and opened for first time 16yrs ago and been opened once a year to fill his pan charger and the powders still good as new as far as ive seen.

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Dixons Muzzle Loading — Muzzle Loading Shop - Kempton, PA

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I tend to prefer the real as well. So next question. Anyone know where I can get my hands on some in Harrisburg/Hershey area?
Ft. Chambers in Chambersburg has both Goex and Swiss. Their Shop is @ 45 minutes southwest of Harrisburg on I-81. Closed Sun./Mon. and Holidays.

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Harrisburg Hunters & Anglers do woods walks starting a week from today, and I know they've done group bulk buys of Goex in the past. If you're not in a hurry, you'd get a chance to get some good practice by shooting with them and if I remember right, the per lb cost is quite attractive.
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