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    Roundball with tow wadding, some questions...

    Not usually much more than a foot or so of 1/2 inch hemp rope. A thumbs;length cut off and unbraided can usually give me 1-2 balls of hemp fibers that fit my 20 gauge trade-gun. I carry it by tucking the rope under my belt, or trying it to my hunting pouch strap. I lube it after I unbraid it...
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    Canvas haversack-style knapsack

    Yup. I melted the beeswax, painted it onto the fabric, then melted that into the canvas itself.
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    Canvas haversack-style knapsack

    After hiking and camping with a PC snapsack a few times, I decided I didnt like having *yet another* strap diagonally across my chest, and set about making a two-strap knapsack. I bought some canvas, cut to to shape, dyed it darker with coffee (didnt come out as dark as I would have liked, but...
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    What Muzzleloading Stuff Did You Do Today?

    Rolled up 60 paper cartridges for the Fort William Henry reenactment this weekend. Ill fill them with powder charges tonight
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    Yet another question that has me baffled . . .

    I store my trade-gun "horizontally", on gun-hooks mounted on the wall. Luckily, the shape of the stock and foreend is enough to naturally point the muzzle down, an inch or so below the level of the breech, so any oil in the bore naturally runs down and out of the bore rather than puddling at...
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    Use of the hunting sword

    According to some quick research, "hunting swords" were ostensibly used for finishing off game animals in lieu of using more powder and shot. Although it brings up the question of "If the animal is so wounded or spent as to allow you to get close enough to shank them with a sword, do they really...
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    Could someone tell me what they think this is?

    I saw that, good idea! I had just smooshed a glob of beeswax onto/into the touchhole when I was cleaning with water before, but a magnet sounds even easier than that.
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    Could someone tell me what they think this is?

    Yeah, I found the email where we (the builder and I) were discussing how to remove the barrel. On my end I was asking about removing it for routine cleaning. His advice (that I posted above) was to not remove the barrel. After looking up other examples of removing the barrel on this forum, I...
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    Could someone tell me what they think this is?

    I've actually contacted them before, regarding powder charges. They told me 100 grains of 2Fg was the max they would put down the pipe, and I have shot 90 grains without any issue. Regardless, Im going to stick to 60-70 grains from now on. Not really out of any fear of blowing the gun up, but...
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    Could someone tell me what they think this is?

    Alright, I wrapped some #0000 steel wool around my cleaning jag, squirted some Barricade on the mess, and ran it up and down about 40-50 times. I can no longer see the "rust" with my naked eyes, and the bore itself is much shinier now. As for the tool-marks and under-the-barrel stuff, there is...
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    Could someone tell me what they think this is?

    Yes, the barrel is pinned
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    Could someone tell me what they think this is?

    With all due respect, I dont believe so. The invoice for my gun doesnt say anything about a jug choked barrel, and the "estimate order work sheet" for Sitting Fox Muzzleloaders doesnt have an option to choose a jug-choked barrel. In addition, the Pecotonica River Company doesnt carry...
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    Eastern Woodlands Side-Seam leggings

    So, to distract myself from my "gun-issues", I decided to make a pair of leather leggings today, to protect my expensive wool stockings while running around in the New England brush and brambles. They are nice, but i'm thinking I"ll make the next pair a little longer. They reach a hands-breadth...
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    Could someone tell me what they think this is?

    My main concern about taking the barrel off isn't that I don't know how to do it, it is that I don't really have anything to put underneath the barrel to prevent rusting and the like. Here are the direct words of the builder of my gun (Context: I was asking how to remove the barrel for...
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    Could someone tell me what they think this is?

    Oh yes, forgot about this Picked it up at Ace Hardware. Will it suffice for polishing the bore of my 20ga smoothbore, or do people think it will be too coarse? I can try to burnish the barrel some more on wednesday. I only had time for a handful of passes tonight. I thank everyone for their...
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