Graphite and Gun Powder

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by dwm, Apr 10, 2003.

  1. dwm

    dwm Well-Known Member

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    So I have a question about the graphite that is in gun powder.

    I bought some powder a couple of years ago and when I ran out, I bought two more pounds.

    When I wen to use the new powder it looked considerable different than the previous batch.

    I e-mailed the manufacturer and they said that a new vendor was supplying the graphite that was used in the new batch of powder and that was why the color and look of the powder was different. (I was concerned that it may have gotten hot in shipping and that made the color change.)

    Finally to my question:

    Does the graphite that is a component of the gun powder we shoot, burn along with the powder or is it part of the black stuff on the patches when I clean the barrel?

    If it does not burn, then this implies that it lubricates the barrel. Sort of like an automatic molly coating of the barrel. A fouling shot is actually lubing the barrel.

    What do you guys think about this?

    Doug
     
  2. dwm

    dwm Well-Known Member

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    No one want to offer an opinion on this one?

    First, does graphite burn at the temp in the chamber?

    Doug
     

  3. Darryl Cassel

    Darryl Cassel Well-Known Member

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    DWM

    Yes, it does lube the barrel and we have found that it does work to prolong barrel life.

    This is true in powders like H870 and WC-872.

    Later
    DC