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    why difference in powder charge?

    Here's a link to an analysis of New Principles of Gunnery by Robins done by a modern mathematician which is very interesting. I find it more useful. Spence
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    why difference in powder charge?

    Here's a straightforward consideration of the question of barrel length and percentage of powder burned from An Essay on Shooting by Wm. Cleator in 1789. He references the Royal Society study and conclusions. ******************* From the theory we have just given a detail of, it appears that the...
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    why difference in powder charge?

    A very good summation, Gus. Please let me pick one small nit. Oxygen does not, can not burn. It is a great enabler of burning in other materials, but it is totally incapable of burning, itself. Spence
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    Smoothbore handgun with shot....

    I've taken a few squirrel with my 20 gauge flintlock pistol, 8" barrel. I had no trouble developing an adequate pattern, the problem is velocity, power, penetration. I have to get very close, less than 10 yards for a clean kill. I've found I need at least 40 grains 3F Goex, 45-50 is better, and...
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    Colonial meat care in hot weather

    I did a mule deer hunt for 17 days in the mountains of northeast Nevada, shot my buck on the second day. My host and hunting partner is a very experienced western hunter and has a very efficient way of handling a carcass. He skinned my deer right away, washed it down, bagged it in a porous cloth...
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    Colonial meat care in hot weather

    I don't know about an outbreak in Appalachia, but here's a report of one in western Kentucky in 1997. ***************************** August 1997 Doctors in Kentucky have issued a warning that people should not eat squirrel brains, a regional delicacy, because squirrels may carry a variant of mad...
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    Colonial meat care in hot weather

    Mad squirrel disease is officially Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans. It's caused by the same type of agent that causes mad cow disease, scrapie in sheep, chronic wasting disease in deer and kuru in humans. Not the same as the raccoon parasite. Spence
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    Jacks Battle Powder accuracy

    Off topic for a little historic tidbit. This thread on battle powder reminds me of an advertisement from 1771 which has always puzzled me. THE SOUTH CAROLINA GAZETTE; AND COUNTRY JOURNAL December 17, 1771 ….japanned tea trays and waiters, guns, battle gunpowder, double and single F ditto, shot...
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    Saw handle flintlock gun

    Beautiful. Do you have any idea of the age? They were mentioned quite early in the colonies. The South-Carolina GAZETTE February 5, 1753 CHARLES-TOWN Taken out of the subscriber's house on the bay, on Saturday the 27th of January , a cutlass with a basket hilt, and a pistol, the back like a...
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    Black walnuts

    I have a lot of black walnuts in my yard and we make good use of them. Every time there is a bumper crop we process a bunch for eating/baking. We do it all by hand, just as our parents and grandparents did, country folks all. Vacuum packed and frozen they last forever. I've also used the...
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    Need help with my new hat.

    There is frequently mention or "button and loop" used in cocking civilian hats in the early literature. Here's my take on it done with marline. It makes it easy to change from brim-up to flopt hat, as they would say, In the Reenacting section, Clothing, 'More on early period hats' thread I...
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    More on early period hats

    Here's a list of hat descriptions gleaned from 18th-century documents, mostly the newspapers. It concerns civilian hats and does include cocking, etc., but a lot of other things as well. a Felt Hat, covered with an Oil Cloth a fur hat a coarse hat, with two buttons, one on the crown, the other...
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    .45 caliber RB enough for deer?

    nightwolf1974, I'm sorry your thread was ruined, but in my opinion it brought up something more important than your original question. Any time a hunter says, as pamtnman did, "For whatever reason, only two of the dozens of whitetails I shot at close range with my long friend Pedersoli .45...
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    .45 caliber RB enough for deer?

    How about it, pamtnman, are those links available? Spence
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    Late Lancaster Style W/Lots of Bling

    Yes, I'm glad to see yours, mine was the only one I had seen before that. I have often wondered if there were any built with that feature in the day. Spence
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    .45 caliber RB enough for deer?

    I'm not Skychief, but I would like to have that link to headless turkeys flying around if it's not too much trouble. Spence
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    Knapping hammer

    I usually use the back of a knife blade, but this little brass hammer, the head just 1" long, and the nail with a step both work quite well. Spence
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    Late Lancaster Style W/Lots of Bling

    Louis Smith, Johnson City, TN, about 1970: Spence
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    Traditional Knapping Hammers?

    Something they called "gun hammers" were frequently advertised. The South-Carolina GAZETTE October 29, 1753 CHARLES-TOWN B & NEYLE, have just imported, in the Alexander, Capt. Carking, from London.... black Pepper and Spices, F and FF Gun powder, all sorts of Shot and Bullets, very neat fowling...
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    Spanish Moss Wad Materiel

    Daniel Trabue, Westward into Kentucky Taking shelter in a rockhouse during a rain in 1779-1780: "There was Dry leaves and sticks under our shelter. I stoped the tuch hole of my gun with tallow and then did ketch fire and we made up a fire and Dryed our selves." Spence