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Powder Horn project

Post by Oldbloke » 13 Mar 2023, 7:30 pm

Soo, someone recently gave me a couple of bull horns. Been after a couple of cow horns for about 2 years. Anyway these two bull horns will do the job.
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Re: Powder Horn project

Post by Oldbloke » 13 Mar 2023, 7:34 pm

A few more.



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So getting close. Now to make a leather sling.
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Post by CRF » 14 Mar 2023, 8:43 am

Coming along well.

I've ordered one to be made for my by a fella in the states. Going for a style from the 1750's during the 7 years war. My current horn has a lot of engravings and they're wearing off out in the field so I'm going to turn that into my wall hanger.
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Post by flashman » 15 Mar 2023, 6:55 am

Looks nice ,it holds the powder ,how do you measure the amount of powder out in the field ............. :?
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Post by Larry » 15 Mar 2023, 7:19 am

Nice one OB think I may be hitting you up for some more detailed tips on how you made it and what you used. I saw a segment on How its made the other day they were polishing cow horns for something they said they just used a special grind paste on a calico wheel, no more info on the paste of course,
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Post by bigpete » 15 Mar 2023, 8:43 am

flashman wrote:Looks nice ,it holds the powder ,how do you measure the amount of powder out in the field ............. :?


You pour it into a powder measure
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Post by Oldbloke » 15 Mar 2023, 9:16 am

bigpete wrote:
flashman wrote:Looks nice ,it holds the powder ,how do you measure the amount of powder out in the field ............. :?


You pour it into a powder measure


Yep, beat me to it.

Here is an adjustable measure and a 30.06 shell that holds 60gr that I usually use.

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Post by bigpete » 15 Mar 2023, 9:38 am

Oldbloke wrote:
bigpete wrote:
flashman wrote:Looks nice ,it holds the powder ,how do you measure the amount of powder out in the field ............. :?


You pour it into a powder measure


Yep, beat me to it.

Here is an adjustable measure and a 30.06 shell that holds 60gr that I usually use.

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You should make one out of an antler tine,that's what the cool kids do lol
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Post by Oldbloke » 15 Mar 2023, 1:14 pm

Lol. Got none. But I'm working on it. :unknown:
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Re: Powder Horn project

Post by CRF » 15 Mar 2023, 6:10 pm

I make mine out of antler or wood. A thoroughly dried piece of redgum makes a decent looking powder measure.
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Post by flashman » 16 Mar 2023, 7:04 am

All good thanks for the info , what kind of weapon is it ??
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Post by Oldbloke » 16 Mar 2023, 7:13 pm

flashman wrote:All good thanks for the info , what kind of weapon is it ??


It's a CVA Percusion rifle. 1/2" ball. They are a cheap replica. But considering I only paid $250 I'm happy.

It's just a toy but will take it hunting if I get a chance.
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Post by Oldbloke » 16 Mar 2023, 8:08 pm

CRF wrote:I make mine out of antler or wood. A thoroughly dried piece of redgum makes a decent looking powder measure.



I was thinking bone or the horn tip.
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Post by bigpete » 17 Mar 2023, 7:05 am

Oldbloke wrote:
flashman wrote:All good thanks for the info , what kind of weapon is it ??


It's a CVA Percusion rifle. 1/2" ball. They are a cheap replica. But considering I only paid $250 I'm happy.

It's just a toy but will take it hunting if I get a chance.


Don't think of it as a toy. They're a pretty decent rifle for the price
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Post by Oldbloke » 17 Mar 2023, 8:51 am

bigpete wrote:
Oldbloke wrote:
flashman wrote:All good thanks for the info , what kind of weapon is it ??


It's a CVA Percusion rifle. 1/2" ball. They are a cheap replica. But considering I only paid $250 I'm happy.

It's just a toy but will take it hunting if I get a chance.


Don't think of it as a toy. They're a pretty decent rifle for the price


Perhaps better choice of words would be:
Fun gun. :P
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Post by CRF » 17 Mar 2023, 10:44 am

Oldbloke wrote:
CRF wrote:I make mine out of antler or wood. A thoroughly dried piece of redgum makes a decent looking powder measure.



I was thinking bone or the horn tip.


I've seen some very nice bone measures, I actually quite like the lightly decorated/engraved ones shown in original pieces from the 18th century.
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Post by Oldbloke » 17 Mar 2023, 1:08 pm

I'm going to call this project done. I intended to make a leather sling with a couple of brass rings. The leather that I had was too short and my stitching proved to be pretty shet. :thumbsdown: I intended to shop around for leather or some bright red narrow cotton belting. But today I spotted a length of synthetic belting in the corner of the man cave. It isn't leather but was otherwise made for the job and about 1/4 of the sewing required. So I've used that, at least for the short term.


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Post by Oldbloke » 17 Mar 2023, 1:11 pm

CRF wrote:
Oldbloke wrote:
CRF wrote:I make mine out of antler or wood. A thoroughly dried piece of redgum makes a decent looking powder measure.



I was thinking bone or the horn tip.


I've seen some very nice bone measures, I actually quite like the lightly decorated/engraved ones shown in original pieces from the 18th century.



Can you drill bone? Or do you need to file it?
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Post by CRF » 17 Mar 2023, 2:03 pm

Oldbloke wrote:
CRF wrote:
Oldbloke wrote:
CRF wrote:I make mine out of antler or wood. A thoroughly dried piece of redgum makes a decent looking powder measure.



I was thinking bone or the horn tip.


I've seen some very nice bone measures, I actually quite like the lightly decorated/engraved ones shown in original pieces from the 18th century.



Can you drill bone? Or do you need to file it?


I've not used bone, but I have antler which is the same basic structure and had no issues drilling.
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Post by bigpete » 17 Mar 2023, 2:06 pm

Oldbloke wrote:
CRF wrote:
Oldbloke wrote:
CRF wrote:I make mine out of antler or wood. A thoroughly dried piece of redgum makes a decent looking powder measure.



I was thinking bone or the horn tip.


I've seen some very nice bone measures, I actually quite like the lightly decorated/engraved ones shown in original pieces from the 18th century.



Can you drill bone? Or do you need to file it?


Yes you can drill bone. And grind it. Wear a mask though
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Post by Oldbloke » 17 Mar 2023, 5:34 pm

Yes antler is just bone. OK. Leg of lamb should be the go. :lol:

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Post by bigpete » 17 Mar 2023, 5:49 pm

You'll work it out
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Post by Larry » 17 Mar 2023, 7:42 pm

Actually I think horn and antler is more hair cells than any bone material, When de horning a calf it is very important to make sure that the cap of hair /scalp is removed from the internal stump.
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Post by bigpete » 17 Mar 2023, 7:49 pm

Larry wrote:Actually I think horn and antler is more hair cells than any bone material, When de horning a calf it is very important to make sure that the cap of hair /scalp is removed from the internal stump.


Horn is hair.
Antler is bone.
2 very different things
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Post by Oldbloke » 17 Mar 2023, 9:21 pm

bigpete wrote:
Larry wrote:Actually I think horn and antler is more hair cells than any bone material, When de horning a calf it is very important to make sure that the cap of hair /scalp is removed from the internal stump.


Horn is hair.
Antler is bone.
2 very different things


Yep, hair is keratin. Finger nail and hooves are too.
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