Nowadays, we all see gunpowder as an easy to come by resource. We just buy it readied and prepared in shells.
But sometimes, you won’t have access to these store-bought bullets, and you’ll have to make your own, as bullets are a useful but uncommon resource.
The hardest part of making your own bullets is getting gunpowder, which can be hard to come by on its own. However, there’s a way to make it all on your own. This is a skill any true Prepped Survivalist should learn and know, in case of the need for bullets arises.
After learning this recipe, you’ll have the best way to make homemade gunpowder. Just remember to learn all of the safety hazards and handling instructions for the materials and tools you’re using, because making gunpowder is a risky task.
This specific recipe straightforward, and easy to make, consisting of only three main ingredients. It’s a great way to learn how to make gunpowder effectively.
Here’s the detailed recipe on how to make your own gunpowder, thanks to the people over at Ready Nutrition.
First, you’ll need three ingredients. Potassium nitrate, charcoal and sulfur. All of these ingredients should be ground into a fine powder if they haven’t been already.
The ratio of these ingredients is 75% potassium nitrate, 15% charcoal, and 10% sulfur, and that ratio is by weight, not volume. These ingredients should be ground up separately before mixing. Grinding them together could cause an explosion, which wouldn’t be fun.
It should go without saying that throughout this process, you shouldn’t let any sparks, static, or open flames get anywhere near your materials.
As far as mixing them together, first add a small amount of water to each ingredient to reduce the risk of combustion; just enough to give it a dough like consistency. Now you can grind them all together with a mortar and pestle (don’t use any utensils or containers made of metal).
Most people will use a ball mill to both grind up the materials and mix them together. It’s a little safer, and will make a higher quality powder.
This moistened paste can then be pressed into a single solid mass, and as it dries you can grind it up again into tiny pellets. This is a process known as “corning.”
The product this produces will burn better and will be a bit more stable and consistent, than if you just mixed all these ingredients together all willy nilly with a bowl and spoon. After that, you’re basically done.
Now you’re ready to make your own gunpowder, and prepared to have bullets in even the worst situations.
For more details on this recipe and more survival tips, check out our friends at Ready Nutrition.
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