The Good Old Days may be here again for most of the shooting sports, but shipping restrictions and detestable laws have made life hard for blackpowder shooters. Back in November, Roy Hill reported on the trials and tribulations of feeding his flintlock with the original blend of three herbs and spices: 75% potassium nitrate, 15% charcoal, and 10% sulfur.
Modern non-explosive blackpowder substitutes like Pyrodex and Shockey’s Gold may do a bang-up job of launching your Minie balls downrange, but they’re notoriously useless for flashing the pans of flintlock rifles. After talking to Chris Hodgdon (yes, that Hodgdon), I may have found a solution, at least for blackpowder shooters with a lot of friends.
Individual purchasers have to comply with a bizarre patchwork of local and federal laws, intrusive reporting requirements and outrageous shipping fees which make it nearasdammit impossible to buy more than a pound of two of ‘the good stuff’ at a time. But a unique shipping exemption allows certain distributors to ship much larger quantities to ‘shooting clubs,’ or even groups of blackpowder-shooting friends. (If you live in California, it would help if one of your shooting buddies lived in a neighboring state like Arizona, Nevada or Oregon, but you didn’t hear it from me.)
Click here for a list of Goex distributors, who can ship you (in a single huge shipment) the blackpowder as you and all your buddies can burn in year. With a muzzle-loading cannon. (Just don’t go all Mythbusters with it, m’kay?)
And happy shooting, from TTAG.