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bent one
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posted 08-07-2005 01:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bent one     Edit/Delete Message
I was reading Jules Verne the other day and read about this cool stuff called guncotton. in the book instead of using gunpowder to launch a projectile to the moon they use this stuff because you can have the same effect as a lot of gunpowder but take up a whole less space. I found some sites that talk about how to make it.
You take cotton and soak it in nitric acid and there it is. the site said that it burned so fast that you could take some guncotton put it on top of a pile of gunpowder ignite it and it would burn so fast that the gunpowder would not ignite. I've been thinking about possible applications of this stuff.
I wonder how pyrodex compares?

posted 08-28-2005 10:02 AM           Edit/Delete Message
Hi Bent one, I have found something that might interest you.
While doing some research on Upnor castle in Kent, England I came across something called cornpowder,granulated gunpowder.
More details here. http://www.speer-bullets.com/default.asp?s1=6&s2=14

Regards Paul of Paul's castle.

[This message has been edited by Paul (edited 08-28-2005).]

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bent one
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posted 08-30-2005 01:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bent one     Edit/Delete Message
awesome! I had heard of granulated powder before but I didn't have a very clear idea of how they made it. It also mentions guncotten in there.
It does differ from the sites i've seen only in that it uses sulfuric acid instead of nitric. But it's got good stuff on why we use what we use. I need to look up celluloids!

Thanks Paul!

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