By David Frost
Thursday, 12 July 2012
I would like to start homeloading black powder cartridges so that I can shoot with two lovely old Damascus barreled game guns.
I’m told I may get in trouble if I don’t get a special licence to buy the necessary powder.
How difficult is it to apply for this, and what sort of storage facilities will I need to install?
HOMELOADING BLACK POWDER
If you’re going to use black powder you will most definitely need to get a licence from your local police!
These are the same folk that handle your certificate application.
You have to show good reason, but possession of a gun proofed only for black powder will be sufficient.
Above: Typical black powder cartridge production kit.
There’s a limit to the quantity of explosives you can store on any premises and in most cases it will be 10kg for black powder.
There’s a detailed guide at www.hse.gov.uk/explosives/index.htm
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