I really like GOEX, and it's pretty much been my favorite black powder for many, many years. Elephant Powder was "ok", Swiss Powder is rated as better than Goex by quite a few hunters. I tried them all over the years, but as another post said, Goex is real black powder, and real black powder is about the only thing you can pour down a flintlocks' barrel an count on it to go bang when the deer is standing in front of it.
I looked up elephant and they are out of business. Pyrodex is an OK option for some Caprock but not all. Just did a quick inventory and I.have 4 lbs of black powder left and about a pound of priming powder. That should last a little while as long as I don't shoot my cannon
I have a really bad feeling about this. I’ve thought for several years now that to control or eliminate ammunition would be gun control through the back door. If there are no US manufacturers of black powder left then simple legislation to outlaw importation of it effectively makes black powder weapons wall hangers.With the unavailability of factory loaded ammo and scarcity of components,it moves us closer to the time when only the government has workable firearms. That will not be a good time. Most parts of the population could care less. There would be spirited celebration of it in the liberal/socialist element. My devout hope is that someone will acquire the Goex facility and resume production.
This is about the worse thing that could happen to us flintlock shooters. Things will be at an uproar at the corporate level until everything gets washed out, potential profits calculated and government requirements satisfied. Then we will see how things work out and whether or not real black powder will be available.
Me? For once I'm lucky. Awhile back I ordered a 25 pound case of 2f mixed with 4f, and after that I ordered a 25 pound case of 3f. I'll need to inventory what I've got left and ration it out. The 40 caliber with light 3fg loads really stretches out a 1 lb. can., Practice with this and deer hunt with 2f if it comes to it.