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— Posted by trowe on 12:15 pm on Mar. 22, 2002


    R.D.X., also called cyclonite, or composition C-1 (when mixed with
plasticisers) is one of the most valuable of all military explosives.  This is
because it has more than 150% of the power of T.N.T., and is much easier to
detonate.  It should not be used alone, since it can be set off by a not-too
severe shock.  It is less sensitive than mercury fulminate, or nitroglycerine,
but it is still too sensitive to be used alone.  R.D.X. can be made by the
surprisingly simple method outlined hereafter.  It is much easier to make in the
home than all other high explosives, with the possible exception of ammonium

    MATERIALS                    EQUIPMENT

    hexamine                     500 ml beaker
    methenamine                  glass stirring rod
    fuel tablets (50 g)
                                 funnel and filter paper
    nitric acid (550 ml)         ice bath container
                                 (plastic bucket)
    distilled water
                                 centigrade thermometer
    table salt
                                 blue litmus paper

    ammonium nitrate

1) Place the beaker in the ice bath, (see section 3.13, steps 3-4) and carefully
   pour 550 ml of concentrated nitric acid into the beaker.

2) When the acid has cooled to below 20 degrees centigrade, add small amounts of
  the crushed fuel tablets to the beaker.  The temperature will rise, and it
  must be kept below 30 degrees centigrade, or dire consequences could result.
  Stir the mixture.

3) Drop the temperature below zero degrees centigrade, either by adding more ice
  and salt to the old ice bath, or by creating a new ice bath.  Or, ammonium
  nitrate could be added to the old ice bath, since it becomes cold when it is
  put in water. Continue stirring the mixture, keeping the temperature below
  zero degrees centigrade for at least twenty minutes

4) Pour the mixture into a litre of crushed ice.  Shake and stir the mixture,
  and allow it to melt.  Once it has melted, filter out the crystals, and
  dispose of the corrosive liquid.

5) Place the crystals into one half a litre of boiling distilled water.  Filter
  the crystals, and test them with the blue litmus paper.  Repeat steps 4 and 5
  until the litmus paper remains blue.  This will make the crystals more stable
  and safe.

6) Store the crystals wet until ready for use. Allow them to dry completely
  using them. R.D.X. is not stable enough to use alone as an explosive.

7) Composition C-1 can be made by mixing 88.3% R.D.X. (by weight) with 11.1%
  mineral oil, and 0.6% lecithin. Kneed these material together in a plastic
  bag. This is a good way to desensitize the explosive.

8) H.M.X. is a mixture of T.N.T. and R.D.X.; the ratio is 50/50, by weight.
  it is not as sensitive, and is almost as powerful as straight R.D.X.

9) By adding ammonium nitrate to the crystals of R.D.X. after step 5, it should
  be possible to desensitize the R.D.X. and increase its power, since ammonium
  nitrate is very insensitive and powerful. Soduim or potassium nitrate could
  also be added; a small quantity is sufficient to stabilize the R.D.X.

10) R.D.X. detonates at a rate of 8550 meters/second when it is compressed to a
   density of 1.55 g/cubic cm.

— Posted by Lord Storm on 12:18 pm on Mar. 22, 2002

thx, man 🙂

— Posted by Zero the Inestimable on 12:26 pm on Mar. 22, 2002


You’re wasting quite a bit of nitric acid, there. 550 ml is severe overkil. For 75 grams of hexamine you only need 335 ml of nitric. Also, your claim of “It [RDX] should not be used alone, since it can be set off by a not-too severe shock,” is false. RDX is quite stable, and can be stored, abused, and even set on fire without fear of it detonating. That’s why the military likes it so much.

~Zero the Inestimable

— Posted by trowe on 12:37 pm on Mar. 22, 2002

whatever dude. i know what im talking about.

— Posted by Zambosan on 3:40 pm on Mar. 22, 2002

No you don’t, you just posted some “recipe” out of some dippy “cookbook” you found on TOTSE or queerpier.  Error #3: “H.M.X. is a mixture of T.N.T. and R.D.X.”  no, it isn’t.  HMX stands for High Melting eXplosive, and is the pure compound cyclotetramethylene-tetranitramine.  TNT and RDX are known as Composition B.

— Posted by OoxHighVoltagexoO on 4:18 pm on Mar. 22, 2002

Anyone evr see the movie “Friday” where D-Bo gets knocked out by Ice Cube and his old buddy comes runnin up and goes “You Got Knocked Tha Fuck Out!!!”????Welllll thats what just happened to you Trowe..PEACE

— Posted by Hergor on 10:56 am on Mar. 23, 2002

is anyone interested in making R.D.X.? i’m not and if there’s nobody on it we can regard this thread as finished.

so do you wanna go any further and discuss on a recipe?

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