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Before I explain how to make gunpowder, I’m going to be honest with you about something: The equipment you need to make ammo is, unfortunately, a bit expensive. In fact, you will probably spend several hundred dollars on a handloading setup before you make a single round of ammo.
Now before you decide it’s not worth the cost and hit the back button, keep mind that in the long run, you will save a lot of money. Especially if you’re somebody who goes shooting on a regular basis. That’s why personally, I think it’s worth the effort.
What Is Gunpowder Made Of?
Homemade gunpowder is made from just three things:
- 75% saltpeter (which you can get from stump remover),
- 15% charcoal (which needs to be powdered), and
- 10% sulfur.
You can buy all of these things in department stores or online.
How Do I Make Gunpowder?
Just mix together the ingredients.
Of course, there’s a little more to it than that. You’ll have to decide how to mix them.
You can use a marble mill, a blender, or a mortar and pestle. It will take a long time, and the mortar and pestle method is very difficult.
You must be very careful when making gunpowder. I can’t stress this enough. You should wear gloves, a mask, and goggles, and you should make sure the area is extremely well ventilated.
Also, keep in mind that gunpowder is very flammable (obviously), so don’t make it near any sparks or open flames.
To make sure you’re making it properly, it’s best to follow a detailed gunpowder tutorial, just to be safe and make sure it turns outright.
Like any other product, you make yourself, homemade gunpowder will give you a sense of satisfaction and independence. Likewise, it will save you a ton of money on ammunition in the long run.
Don’t forget to stockpile your ammo! In fact, it is liable to skyrocket in price now that Democrats are starting to take back control of Washington D.C. Good luck, and be safe!