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    Using an electric pot for casting balls

    I bought a used Lee electric pot from a buddy for a good price and yesterday I tried casting some balls with it. I was expecting some minor issues and maybe a new learning curve when using it. Wellllllllll.......I found it was extremely easy to use, convenient, less messy, safer than using...
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    Take a look at this one.

    There is a series streaming on Netflix called Thieves of the Wood. It takes place in Flanders, Belgium in 1747. It's basically about societal outcasts (think Robin Hood) rebelling against established and corrupt French occupiers. The title in Flemish is De Bende van Jan de Lichte. The dialog is...
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    Minie balls in a flintlock

    Okay folks: How many of you have fired minie balls in a flintlock. Aside from being period incorrect, any problems or concerns doing this? I'm thinking rate of twist of the rifling might be one issue.
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    I want my name back!

    My original public user name is Jaeger, and I would like to have it back!
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    "neck" knives

    Okay guys: I've read some provocative comments recently on other agendas about neck knives. Since I'm always learning, what are your thoughts, opinions, etc. about historical correctness, geographical area, knife size, adornment of knife sheath and so on. Let's hear it!
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    loading with shot

    I bought a good Tulle fusil de chasse last year and have shot it a few times with a patched round ball.....still learning how to aim it and shoot it with some semblance of accuracy. I would like to try firing buckshot or smaller shot with it, and maybe even "buck and ball". What's the best way...
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    Fur caps

    I'm sure this has been discussed in the forum before, but I need a review. I've heard a lot of opinions.....and read a lot of opinions, both for and against....about so-called "coonskin caps" a la Davy Crockett on TV....or other similar fur caps. What's the evidence these were worn in the 1700's...
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    Dyeing a woodsman's frock

    I've acquired a fringed woodsman's frock "in the white", which is actually an off-white. I would like to dye it to make it darker and perhaps more period-correct and authentic. What were some of the most common colors of these that were present in the 1700's? (If that is even known for sure) I...
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    Tulle fusil de chasse

    I am looking to buy a Tulle smoothbore, and, in looking over several examples made by various makers, I am seeing some variation in how curved the buttstock is. Most have quite a curve downward, but some are quite a bit straighter. I really don't want to spend a lot of money on something that is...
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    vocabulary enhancement

    Okay, reenacting and historical scholars: I've heard a term used to describe historical reenacting, and seeing as how I'm getting older, I'll be danged if I can remember it. Something like _________ archaeology, or? I may have even read it here on the forum. It's kind of humorous and maybe a...
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    Ball slamming

    This perhaps relates to another topic just posted, but it seems a little different, so here goes: a number of guys in my shooting/reenacting club swear by seating a PRB, and then using the ramrod to repeatedly slam the ball after it's in the seated position. They do this by lifting the ramrod up...
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    Winter Camp 2015

    Here are a few photos of our 1750's winter encampment in Northern Michigan. The weather was good to us: around 10 degrees at night, and in the 20's during the day. All food, equipment, etc. was tobogganed in to the camp. Howling coyotes entertained us at night.
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    Will I Ever Get Another Chance Like This?

    Well, a year has passed since deer season 2013, and I guess my pain has abated enough for me to tell the tale of my missed opportunity of a lifetime. It was the second day of firearm deer season in Michigan last year, and I was sitting in a blind made of deadwood and old branches, etc. on public...
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    Will I Ever Get Another Chance Like This?

    Well, a year has passed since deer season 2013, and I guess my pain has abated enough for me to tell the tale of my missed opportunity of a lifetime. It was the second day of firearm deer season in Michigan last year, and I was sitting in a blind made of deadwood and old branches, etc. on public...
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    wood stains for dyeing leather?

    Pardon if this subject has been brought up before. Has anyone ever used a wood stain to stain/dye leather? Does it work? Any objections to using it?
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    Vermont Primitive Biathlon?

    Has anyone ever done the Vermont Primitive Biathlon in Jeffersonville, Vt.? How was it? How difficult was it? I'd appreciate any opinions, comments or observations.
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    Hi Tech black powder?

    I was driving near Clare,Michigan recently and stopped in a very large gun/sporting goods store there because I thought for sure a store that size would carry black powder. First of all, I was astonished by the lack of knowledge of salespeople at the gun counter who sent me to the smokeless...
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    Blackpowder fouling comparison

    I recently bought a can of DuPont FFFG blackpowder from another club member. The can and label appear to be old, which is really why I bought it from him. The powder contained in it may or may not have been original or actually made by DuPont. I used the powder recently at the range, and it...
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    18th Century Hat brim width.

    I see a lot of pictures of reenactors with round hats that have a fairly narrow brim, say, 3 inches. There are also guys in my club that wear this type of hat. I am not talking about a cocked hat or tricorn here. To my way of thinking, these hats look more modern, and may be the result of folks...
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    2014 Winter Trek and Camp

    http://s251.photobucket.com/user/tomkomj/library/2014%20Winter%20Trek%20and%20Camp
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