View Full Version : A follow up on my cannon thread

02-11-2012, 04:24 PM
Finished two cannons. One for a Christmas present for the son, the other for me so we could have some competition.


02-12-2012, 09:03 AM
They look Great! I'm gathering stuff for a gol ball mortor.

02-15-2012, 05:23 PM
Nice video!

Beautiful work on those too!!!!

02-16-2012, 08:29 PM
Thanks for the kind comments.
As you can tell my son sometimes forgets what a powder measure is used for.
This is one case where over kill on the build was a good thing.
I was shooting 100 grains of Pyrodex ffg powder. That stuff leaves a nasty mess when it comes time to clean them up.
Does anybody know a powder that burns a bit cleaner with less residue?

Back 25 years ago when I had a a black powder rifle and pistol, I used real black powder ( really hard to find now) It seamed to be cleaner burning than these substitutes. I loved the big sulfur smoke clouds too.


02-16-2012, 08:39 PM
Golf balls are fun projectiles. I made a pneumatic golf ball launcher for backyard use using a 3/4" irrigation valve and accumulator tank.
It maybe nothing to worry about, but will the heat from a powder launched golf ball make the covering stick in the barrel?

michigan doug
02-17-2012, 11:18 PM
Make your own black powder.

Legal in most jurisdictions in the USA, as far as the federal government is concerned. Know your local laws. I won't serve your jail time.


Safe if you take reasonable precautions.

Lots of how-to info out there. Start here:


Finest regards,