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Old 11-01-2004, 12:48 PM   #1
 
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Blackpowder cannon/mortar shooters?

Hey, do we have any blackpowder cannon/mortar shooters out here?? Starting to see more of these showing up at some gun shows.
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Old 11-01-2004, 04:35 PM   #2
 
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I have 2,one has a 13\4 in bore and fires a 1lb lead ball,the other I made for my wife with a 11\4 in bore.
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Old 11-03-2004, 06:41 AM   #3
 
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Steinauge, thanks for the feedback. Are these both cannons or mortars?? They are making both types in all different sizes nowadays. Blaster (Bob in CO)
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Old 11-03-2004, 03:30 PM   #4
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No , but would love a bronze 4 pounder Napoleon!
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Old 11-03-2004, 03:43 PM   #5
 
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armoredman, why don't you just dig into the old mattress, grab a hand full of $100 bills and buy yourself a nice bronze Napoleon for your Christmas gift. It'd be a very nice thing to do and would make a FINE gift!
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Old 11-09-2004, 07:48 PM   #6
 
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Anyone know if the larger size welging oxygen tank is the correct inside dia. for a bowling ball mortar. I am planing to build one this winter. I already have 6 rounds of ammo for it.

Also going to build a beer can mortar when I get time
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Old 11-10-2004, 10:23 AM   #7
 
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divernhunter, I'd strongly suggest that you look at the following web site: http://www.graybeardoutdoors.com
Get on to the forum portion of that site, then scroll down to black powder mortar/cannon and you'll find all kinds of info that you are looking for. I had just recently noticed the measurements for the oxygen tanks needed for bowling ball size. There are a great bunch of guys on that site and I hope to "see" you there soon. Regards, Blaster (Bob in CO)
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Old 11-10-2004, 05:37 PM   #8
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armoredman, why don't you just dig into the old mattress, grab a hand full of $100 bills and buy yourself a nice bronze Napoleon for your Christmas gift. It'd be a very nice thing to do and would make a FINE gift!
You first!
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Old 11-11-2004, 06:39 AM   #9
 
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Hey armoredman, wait just a minute. I said it first - so, you should go ahead and buy me that 4 pounder bronze Napoleon and then I in turn, will get you a nice gift too. However, the gift that you get from me, in return, will NOT be anything costing as much as that bronze. Have a good Turkey day!
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Old 11-11-2004, 07:00 AM   #10
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Right - I'll get right on that....
Turkey day will be great - first one at home in a long time. Have fun!
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Old 11-18-2004, 05:42 PM   #11
 
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I don't personally have any cannons, but my shooting coach has 4 that I know of, he bought 2 and then made 2. I am not sure what size the bores are but I know the one fires cement filled soda and beer cans, lots of fun .
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Old 11-18-2004, 10:59 PM   #12
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I don't personally have any cannons, but my shooting coach has 4 that I know of, he bought 2 and then made 2. I am not sure what size the bores are but I know the one fires cement filled soda and beer cans, lots of fun .
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Old 11-20-2004, 07:44 AM   #13
 
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Those pop cans and beer cans loaded with concrete make great projectiles and they are really cheap.
Divernhunter, did you ever get the required cylinder size for the mortar, off that Graybearoutdoors web site Blaster (Bob in Co)
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Old 11-20-2004, 10:26 PM   #14
 
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Not yet --been very busy and off the computer allot. But I will. Got the local hydrolic(sp) shop looking for a junk cylinder for my beer can mortar though.
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Old 11-21-2004, 01:01 PM   #15
 
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OK divernhunter. Now just keep us posted on the progress. Blaster (Bob in CO)
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Old 11-21-2004, 06:32 PM   #16
 
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cannons and mortors

I belong to an artillery group that sponsors a long range artillery match at camp Grayling Michigan each year. original and repro guns and mortors. we shoot at 1000 yds with rifled guns and 400yds to 600 yds with smooth bore. mortors are fired at 900 yds for 10 inch and 8 inch, coehorns 200 yds, many of these guns are original and its very impressive to see how accurate they are. If you are familiar with the "Artilleryman" magazine please be aware that a number of fatalities are listed in it each year from home made cannons, and improper operations. I have had the unfortunate experience to witness such an accident a number of years ago. know exactly what you are doing and follow all safety proceedures.
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Old 12-21-2004, 10:58 AM   #17
 
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Pics of my Three Pounder

I built this full scale three pounder to use at Rev War and War of 1812 reenactments. The gun is a copy of a circa 1770 English three pound field gun. I've only fired it live one time, but have put several hundred blank rounds through it.


http://community.webshots.com/album/231133419pBaOUJ
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Old 12-21-2004, 12:24 PM   #18
 
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Mhubbs, you did an outstanding job on building that full scale three pounder. I only wish that I had just a fraction of your know-how. Thanks for sharing those pictures. If you don't already visit the Graybeardoutdoors.com site you should and scroll to the Blackpowder cannon mortar section. I'm certain all on that site would appreciate seeing the results of your super build. Thanks again. Blaster (Bob in CO)
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Old 12-24-2004, 08:05 AM   #19
 
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Blaster they are both cannons.I have them mounted on wheeled carriages.Hers is made from a piece of 21\2" 416 stainless and mine from a piece of 31\2" 1018 cold rolled.Mine shoots a 1lb lead round ball or a pound of shot,whichever you need at the time Or,more often 4oz of pyrodex and a ball of aluminum foil topped with a wad of damp newspaper.
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Old 12-28-2004, 11:51 AM   #20
 
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My cannon is a 12 lb Mountain Howitzer, built on an 1849 blueprint. It is mounted on a pack style carriage with 38 inch wheels.

Use it for Civil War reenacting mostly, but also get calls for Military funerals, Memorial day etc.

Its a blast to shoot, rattles windows, and sets off car alarms.
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