Re: Powder Question from a Newb
Many of the "other than black powder" powders shoot well in flintlock rifles....BUT they are also much harder to ignite.
I have never experienced so many delayed ignitions while using Pyrodex and Am.Pioneer Powder instead of regular old Black Powder. The burn temp of the black powder in the pan is 200-300 degrees less than the what these modern replacement powders require for optimal ignition. They do go boom, but the delay is extremely noticeable.
These guns were designed when Black Powder ruled the roost and even though they are modern versions the design has not changed. Also the cleaning procedure with HOT soapy water and non-petroleum products works as well now as they did 200 years ago.
Our forefathers didn't bury their guns. They buried those that tried to take them.