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    Sharpening flints?

    I have dropped worn out flints on a beach frequented by rock hounds .
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    Tiller length..?

    The tiller would have a spike on the end to dig into the ground as a recoil control ,these things would recoil all over the place otherwise , that is not a very weapon like "spike on the one pictured , it also has a wall hook which is used from a castle etc where pikes were not so useful .
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    How did you get hooked?

    When I was just 4 , my uncle and I sat on the back porch and cut wads for the family Henry Nock 14 ga which had been in the family since 1798 , we then went rabbit shooting , I carried the pouch with all the necessaries in it , except the powder flask ,and Uncle carried the gun , He shot a...
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    Tiller length..?

    Swords were the order of the day , bayonets were still in the future , If I was to fire a handgonne back in a time when metallurgy was a bit hit and miss , especially with gonne barrels , I would want the thing as far away from my body as possible.
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    St. Louis Hawken recoil

    Hey Jon , I just went and checked , it holds 35gr of fffg powder . One thing I did not show is there is a screw on the left hand side of the breach where they manufacturer has drilled through to meet up with the bottom of the nipple , and used a screw , not a cleanout screw, to block the hole ...
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    Made a vent pick today

    I make my vent picks out of horse shoe nails , they are soft iron and easy to file and bend and although I have no proof these were ever used the makings were certainly available .. I also make some with brass rod , The horse shoe nail ones ( without bead ) fit nicely in my patch boxes , I...
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    St. Louis Hawken recoil

    This is a patent breach for a .54 Uberti Hawken .I intend to get another barrel in .45 and fit this breach so I could change calibers with ease , somehow that never happened , the chamber is 1.25" deep and 0.4" wide . I made up wood screw to act as a jag for cleaning the breach and soldered it...
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    How often do you replace the nipple ?

    I found factory supplied steel nipples burnt out in less than 10 shots in my .45/.44 rifles which shot long cylindrical slugs and heavy loads ,PH Whitworth , Henry, Rigby , and Pedersoli Gibbs , the first 3 shots would be dead on then the shots would start to drop as the hole burnt out letting...
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    Bob Roller Percussion Lock and Russ Hamm Flintlock

    Bob made quality locks , He rebuilt a Pedersoli Gibbs lock for me , it was a day and night difference in use, and made me a lovely small flint lock . The last time we communicated he told me he was no longer building locks , so if someone wants a quality , no tuning needed , lock for a Hawken ...
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    What is a fair price for an original 1853 Enfield Rifle ?

    No provenance of original issue or use ,cuts the collector value considerably . Did you get a bore light down the barrel ? . In light of no provenance and a non original bayonet , I think you are better off following Pathfinder's advice , Get him to make a more suitable hunting rifle for you...
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    Water Glassing Eggs

    brown eggs come from hens with dirty bottoms 😁 😁
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    What is a fair price for an original 1853 Enfield Rifle ?

    I think that is a good price for the rifle + bayonet . The bayonets are not as common as the rifles , especially if it has a scabbard , is it numbered to the rifle? who made the rifle ? I have sold bayonets (without scabbard) for these rifles and in fair condition , staining no rust for $800 + ...
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    St. Louis Hawken recoil

    It is a patent breach , this has a chamber which is smaller than the bore , it is intended to increase the efficiency of the load , and adds nothing to recoil . Recoil is expressed in Newtons third law " every action has an equal and opposite reaction " , ie it it the weight of ejectant =...
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    St. Louis Hawken recoil

    I had problems with my Uberti Hawken kicking me about when shooting long range round ball (300m ) from prone position . I got a pair of thin Spenco shoe liners , sewed them together then doubled them over , made a pocket in the shoulder of my shooting shirt to hold the liner , it worked a treat...
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    Water Glassing Eggs

    On the farm ,Mum used to preserve eggs , she would use isinglass How we used to preserve eggs in isinglass , then she moved to waterglass mix all ready to go , just add water and eggs . It worked very well , never found a bad egg . That all stopped when we got a refrigerator when I was 10 ...
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