Reclamation of RDX from C-4 Explosives by the Jolly Roger

RDX can be obtained from C-4 explosives with the use of gasoline. It can

be used as a booster explosive for detonators or as a high explosive charge.


Material Required



C-4 explosive

2 - pint glass jars, wide mouth

Paper towels

Stirring rod (glass or wood)


Ceramic or glass dish


Heat source





NOTE: Water, Ceramic or glass dish, pan, & heat source are all optional. The

RDX can be air dried instead.





1) Place 1-1/2 teaspoons (15 grams) of C-4 explosive in one of the pint jars.

Add 1 cup (240 milliliters) of gasoline.


NOTE: These quantities can be increased to obtain more RDX. For example, use 2

gallons of gasoline per 1 cup of C-4.


2) Knead and stir the C-4 with the rod until the C-4 has broken down into small

particles. Allow mixture to stand for 1/2 hour.

3) Stir the mixture again until a fine white powder remains on the bottom of

the jar.

4) Filter the mixture through a paper towel into the other glass jar. Wash the

particles collected on the paper towel with 1/2 cup (120 milliliters) of

gasoline. Discard the waste liquid.

5) Place the RDX particles in a glass or ceramic dish. Set the dish in a pan of

hot water, not boiling and dry for a period of 1 hour.


NOTE: The RDX particles may be air dried for a period of 2 to 3 hours.

See later file...... CBIV. -= Exodus =-