Powder Horns & Gunpowder Bags.

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  1. Keith H.

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    This was the first powder horn I made. I was out bush with few tools, so I covered the base of the horn in leather instead of carving a wooden plug. I served me well for a long time.
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    This is the second powder horn I made after I got some more tools. I carried this one for years, but enjoyed the making so I made myself another one.
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    This is the last horn I made for myself.
    NEVER secure the base plug with glue, only ever use 4-6 wood or metal pins & seal only with beeswax. This base plug acts as a safety pressure release valve in case the powder should be ignited accidently.
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    This is one of five greased leather gunpowder bags that I have for carrying extra supplies of gunpowder. When a gunpowder bag becomes empty of gunpowder, it is a good container to store spare plant or fungi tinders in. The gunpowder dust gets into the tinder.
     

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  2. randyt

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    awesome,a powder horn thread.

    I have a few old horns.
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    figured I would post a photo of a couple shot bags. These are probably circa 1920s. Made from canvas and wood. The bags are to the right of the locks

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    I want to add tat a few weeks ago I picked up a big box of cow horns. Probably 20 plus horns. Came with a big bunch of stuff from a yard sale.


    Also I have also read about using gourds for a powder container. I have thought about growing gourds in the garden and putting a gourd in between two boards and let it grow. In a attempt to make it flat like a flask
     
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  4. Keith H.

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    Unless your shot containers shewed obvious signs of being modern made randy, I think it could be difficult to tell their age.
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    that is true, I'm only guessing because they came from a fella that my dad knew.
     
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    Is that a single smoothbore or a side by side?
     
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    it's a 40 cal on one side and 12 ga on the other.
     
  8. Keith H.

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    Now that would be a very handy rifle gun to have.
    Keith.
     
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    I really need to get it out and shoot it more.
     
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  10. Keith H.

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    Your dual caliber gun reminded me of my youth randy, when I was a young bloke, I came across an old Polish immigrant one day whilst out hunting. He was using a military rifle gouged out to fit 410 cartridges. He told me a story about him poaching as a young fella in Poland. He had been out poaching, it was deep snow. Making his way back home on foot he was suddenly surprised to see the Lord of this property appear on horse back armed with a three barreled gun. He ran for all he was worth, which was not easy in the deep snow, but it also made it difficult for the Lord to ride him down. The he heard the shot from the Lords gun, but he kept on running & thought himself lucky he had not been hit.
    When he arrived home, he took off his leather coat which he had worn unbuttoned, & he noticed a hole in the back of the coat. Further inspection found a round lead ball in the coat between the leather & the lining! The loose flapping coat had caught the ball.
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    that was luck, good luck.
     
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