Pyrodex powder is a Black Powder substitute and is classed as a propellant in the UK, so does not need any form of licence to either buy or possess. In fact to buy and possess gunpowder, which is classed as an explosive, you must have an explosives licence, which perhaps surprisingly, is issued free on request. One of the disadvantages of both Black Powder and Pyrodex is that they are highly corrosive when shot and all equipment must be cleaned promptly on the day of shooting. The normal process is to dismantle guns and wash them with hot soapy water.
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