Musket and Powder Question
OK - I bummed a pound of powder from a friend last fall. In his own words, he said "It's not a new can, but I can't remember how old it is. Rolled up rounds for Perryville (70 gr., remember, I have that picky 1861.) Had trouble getting them to fire. Took some of the same rounds to an event this weekend. Same problem. 70 grains and the musket wouldn't fire the standard, non-rammed reenacting "squib." However, off-battlefield, it would fire the same charge wadded and rammed just fine. No trouble at all. Each time, I know the musket was clean and the caps were new. So, what is the problem? Is it old powder? Is there any hope for the 60 or so rounds I have left or should I just use them for something else?
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